Dr. Darragh Flannery is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick. He completed his doctoral studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway and his research focuses on using applied micro-econometric methods to examine policy issues in education, and more recently in health economics.

More specifically, he has conducted research in areas such as student loans, student mental health services and geographical and socioeconomic influences in higher education participation. He has published his work on these issues in journals such as Economics of Education Review, Studies in Higher Education, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy and the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.

He is currently working on a number of different research projects in the education and health space including an examination of single-sex schooling and academic performance, the economic costs of the rare skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa, the impacts of international student mobility on labor market outcomes.

He is programme director for the MSc in Economics and Policy Analysis and teaches undergraduate microeconomics and postgraduate modules in education economics and microeconomics. Darragh is also a member of the the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and also currently serves as an external reviewer for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Spending Review steering group.



Walsh, S., Cullinan, J., Flannery, D. and Kennelly, B. (2022) “A cross-sectional analysis of psychological distress among higher education students in Ireland”, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 1-9.

DOI: 10.1017/ipm.2022.2



Walsh, S., Cullinan, J., Flannery, D. and Kennelly, B. (2022) “Modelling Student Preferences for the Design of Campus Counselling Services”, Studies in Higher Education, 47:2, 305-317.

DOI:  10.1080/03075079.2020.1744124




Aoife Leahy, Rachel McNamara, Catriona Reddin, Gillian Corey, Ida Carroll, Solar Team, Aoife O'Neill, Darragh Flannery et al (2021) The impact of frailty Screening of Older adults with multidisciplinary assessment of those at-risk during emergency hospital attendance on the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of care (SOLAR): a randomised controlled trial, Trials, 22(1), 581.

DOI: 10.1186/s13063-021-05525-w

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05525-w

Flannery, D., Hickey, S., Aherne, F., Kennan, A. and Doyle, C. (2020) “Direct Costs of Epidermolysis Bullosa by Disease Severity”, Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 100, April.

DOI: 10.2340/00015555-3456

URL: https://www.medicaljournals.se/acta/content/html/10.2340/00015555-3456


Cullinan, J., Walsh, S. and Flannery, D. (2020) “Socioeconomic Disparities in Unmet Need for Student Mental Health Services in Higher Education”, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 18(2), 223-235.

DOI: 10.1007/s40258-019-00529-9

URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40258-019-00529-9