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Dr. John Garvey


Dr. Garvey's expertise is in risk management and finance. He specialises in market systems and technology and is Founder of FarmHedge Ltd., a spinout from the University of Limerick.

Dr. Garvey's academic research includes; volatility forecasting using high frequency financial data, risk management in policymaking systems and innovation in risk transfer and insurance. His research has been disseminated to national and international media and general audiences as well as technical audiences in the policy and academic communities. He has provided written and oral testimony to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and led participation in high impact corporate collaborations with major European companies.

In December 2015, Dr. Garvey led the formation of the UL spinout company, FarmHedge Ltd. The FarmHedge platform secured seed funding following a high impact partnership with two of Europe's larges agribusiness companies (BayWa AB, RWA). It is now being used by RWA (Austria's largest agri-wholesaler and grain trader) to facilitate grain trading and the sale of farm inputs. FarmHedge is also being used by 23 farmer cooperatives (as at October 2019).

Prior to joining UL, Dr. Garvey was a Commercial Underwriter with Aviva Insurance Group and was Team Leader with Hibernian Investment Services (now part of Aviva Life and Pensions). His experience in private business and academic research allows him to engage with a broad audience and translate economic findings to many different stakeholder audiences. He holds a BA (Economics and English) and an MA (Applied Economics) from NUI Galway and an MSc Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University. His PhD in Finance was completed in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Liam Gallagher, Dublin City University.

Research Interests

Operational Risk Management;
Market Systems and Technology Adoption;
Insurance Markets and Alternative Risk Transfer.

Teaching Interests

Reinsurance and Alternative Risk Transfer (Year 4, Undergraduate)
Insuring Life and Health Risks (MSc Risk Management and Insurance)
Insuring Risk in Nature and Industry (MSc Risk Management and Insurance)
Risk and Crisis (BA International Business, Guest Lecture)
Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Ethics (MBA Grenoble Business School, Medellin Campus, Colombia, Spring 2019)
Risk Management (MBA Grenoble Business School, Medellin Campus, Colombia, Spring 2019)
Risk Management (MBA Grenoble Business School, Bulle Campus, Switzerland, Autumn 2018)
Large Scale Data Management (MSc Computational Finance, Fordham Graduate School of Business, New York, Spring 2014)

Professional Activities


  • 2016 - Innovation Award for Leading a University Spinout Company
  • 2013 - Jennifer Burke Award


  • 2016 FarmHedge Ltd - CEO
  • 2002 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer

Research Collaborators

  • Research at Stern Business School - International Collaboration Type - New York University -USA
  • Research and Teaching Role - Visiting Professor/Lecturer - Fordham University -USA -Fordham, Graduate School of Business, New York.
  • Erik Payen - Host Incoming Visitor - Swiss Re Corporate Solutions -Switzerland
  • Jingnan Wu - Joint Publication - Tongji University -China
  • Judah Cohen - Host Incoming Visitor - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -USA
  • Judah Cohen - Host Incoming Visitor - Atmospheric and Environmental Research Boston -USA
  • Weifeng Ma - Joint Publication - Tongji University -China


Book Chapter


The Insurance Market in the Republic of Ireland
Greenford, B., Garvey, J., Morris, L., O'Meara, L. & Mullins, M.
The Handbook of International Insurance

Conference Publication

Other Journal

Peer Reviewed Journal


Local conditions and economic growth from South-South FDI
Sirr, G,Garvey, J,Gallagher, LA
Journal Of International Trade & Economic Development DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2017.1385645


The economics of data: Using simple model-free volatility in a high-frequency world
John Garvey & Liam Gallagher
North American Journal of Economics and Finance DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2013.02.011


An Exploration of Personality Effects in Risk Decision-Making
Garvey, J; Lee, L
Irish Accounting Review


A Multivariate Analysis of Political Risk Effects on Foreign Direct Investment
Garvey, J; Baublyte, L; Mullins, M
Irish Business Journal