Dr Nicola Lynch

Nicola Lynch

Position: Acting Head of Economics and Programme Leader BA (Hons) Economics for Business

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Economics

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About

I believe in providing our students with a unique and invaluable learning experience, which is founded in the principles of respect, trust, and integrity. I believe in providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally as they progress through their studies here in the Business School.

Teaching responsibilities

I am programme leader for our BA (Hons) Economics for Business programme and I also lead a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Economics modules. These include modules on the Economics programme, as well as others on our BA (Hons) Business Studies, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, and MSc International Business and MSc International Business and Finance programmes.

Economics is a dynamic subject and fascinating to teach in today's ever changing economic climate. Our key aim within the economics team is to teach economics in applied manner. We encourage our students to apply micro and macro theories to analyse current individual businesses, markets, industries and countries. 

Research interests

I am an applied economist who researches on public policy issues. More specifically, my research is concerned with a number of interrelated issues such as industrial/enterprise policy development, economic development policy and policy evaluation (from both ex-ante and ex-post perspectives). My key area of interest is in business networks and examining their impact at micro and macro levels.

I have a great passion for my research and love applying theory to practice. At present, I am leading a research project within the economics team, where we are working with the Buxton Festival on an economic impact study. I have also previously worked on other regional research projects which include an innovation baseline study with colleagues in the other D2N2 Universities, and an economic impact study with Sporting Futures on the Derby 10K run. 

Research Supervision

Masters Students

Annually, I supervise a number of MSc student dissertations. The MSc students that I supervise are from our MSc International Business programmes and there is an international element to all of their dissertations. The topics have varied to include such issues as corporate social responsibility, networks and firm performance, regional networks, various aspects of international trade, and more recently projects examining the viability of outsourcing for accounting firms, as well as another, which is looking at prospects of trade for Pakistani SMEs to the UK.

PhD Students

I have supervised one student to completion (2012-2016). The title of this thesis was "The necessity of capitalist crises: Theory and evidence from Greece, 2000-2012". I also currently supervise 5 PhD students. These research topics are interrelated in that they focus on the evaluation of various policy issues to include topics such as firm performance, behavioural additionality, international trade, low carbon, and the third sector.

As well as supervising our University of Derby Masters and PhD students, I also mentor students who wish to visit us from various research partners. Currently, I am working with two MSc students from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, who are working on comparative studies between the UK and Mexico on varying aspects of SME performance.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section (RSAI:BIS)
  • Member, Regional Studies Association
  • Member, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, The Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE).

Qualifications

Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA in Economics and Irish, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Postgraduate qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Economic Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • MBS in Business Economics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Research qualifications

  • PhD, Economics. Evaluating Business Networks: The Case of Ireland, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Teaching qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCERT), University of Derby, UK.

Recent publications

  • Lynch, N.  with Ademujimi, A. (2015) Exploring the impact of corporate social responsibility – A case study of Derby County Football Club, Critical Perspectives on Business Management, 4: 40-61
  • Martínez-Covarrubias, J., and Lynch, N., (2014) Measuring Behavioural Additionalities from Business Innovation Policies in Developing Countries: The case of Mexico 2006-2009, Critical Perspectives on Business Management, 2 pp 35-55
  • Rambukwella, S.  and Lynch, N. (2014) Implementation of the low carbon policy: A case study of the Arkwright Society, Critical Perspectives on Business Management, 2 pp 56-69
  • Borooah V., Dineen D., Lynch N. (2011) Health, Employment and the Quality of Life in Ireland, Irish Journal of Sociology, 19 (2): 144-169
  • Borooah V., Dineen D., Lynch N. (2010) Which are the “best” schools in Ireland? Analysing feeder school performance using student destination data, Irish Educational Studies, 29: 107-130
  • Lynch N., Lenihan H., Hart M. (2009) Developing a Framework to Evaluate Business Networks: The Case of Ireland’s Industry-led Networks Initiative, Policy Studies, 30(2): 163-180
  • Borooah V., Dineen D., Lynch N. (2009) Language and Occupational Status: Linguistic Elitism in the Irish Labour Market, The Economic and Social Review, Winter: 435-460

Report:

  • Perry, P., Lynch, N.  (2012) Economic Impact Analysis of the 2012 Derbyshire Building Society 10k and 3k Runs.  Project was commissioned by Sporting Futures and completed within the Derby Business School

Co-authored Books:

  • Lynch N., Michaels E., (2014) ‘Economics Instructor's Manual, Ninth Edition', for 'Economics: European Edition' by Michael Parkin, Melanie Powell and Kent Matthews, Pearson Education Parkin: Economics, European Edition, 9e, Instructor's Manual
  • Lynch N., Mihaita E., (2012) ‘Economics Instructor's Manual, Eighth Edition', for 'Economics: European Edition' by Michael Parkin, Melanie Powell and Kent Matthews, Pearson Education Parkin: Economics, European Edition, 8e, Instructor's Manual
  • Lynch N., Mihaita E., (2012) 'Essential Economics Instructor's Manual, First Edition', for 'Essential Economics' by Michael Parkin, Melanie Powell and Kent Matthews, Pearson Education.

Recent conferences

  • Lynch, N. (forthcoming) Networks and Regional Policy: The case of Derby. Invited keynote speaker at the First International Congress of Contemporary Business, Mexico, May 4th- 6th 2016
  • Lenihan, H. and Lynch, N. (2013) Evaluating Small Firm Performance: do regional networks make an impact? Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, The 36th Annual ISBE Conference: Escape Velocity: Entrepreneurship in an Internationalising Environment, Cardiff, November 12-13.
  • Lynch, N. (2013) Evaluating the micro impact of business networks. Invited seminar presentation at SURGE Economic Development Seminar Series, May 16th, The Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration, Coventry University.
  • Lenihan, H. and Lynch, N. (2012) Measuring the impact of Regional Business Networks on Firm Performance, 41st Annual Conference Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section (RSAIBIS), Galway 28-30th August.
  • Lenihan, H. and Lynch, N. (2012) Evaluating the firm level impact of regional business networks the case of Ireland, Regional Studies Association Global Conference, Beijing, China, 24-27th June.
  • Lynch N., Lenihan H. (2011) Regional business networks and their impact on small firm performance: The case of Ireland. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, The 34th Annual ISBE Conference: Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities, Sheffield, November 09-10.
  • Lynch N., Lenihan H. (2011) Regional Business Networks: An insight into firm motivations, interfirm collaborations and impacts. The Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section 40th Annual Conference, Cardiff, September 06-08.
  • Lynch N., Hart M., Lenihan H. (2010) Evaluating the Impact of Business Networks on Small Firm Performance, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, The 33rd Annual ISBE Conference: Looking to the Future and Social Regeneration through Entrepreneurial Activity, London, November 03-04th.
  • Lynch N., Hart M., Lenihan H. (2010) Business Networks and Firm Performance: The Impact of Regional Network Initiatives in Ireland, The Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section 39th Annual Conference, Glasgow, August 25-27.
  • Lynch N., Lenihan H. (2009) Evaluating the Impact of Business Training Networks: Evidence from Ireland, Regional Studies Association Conference: Understanding and Shaping Regions: Spatial, Social and Economic Futures, Leuven, Belgium, April 5-7th.
  • Borooah V., Dineen D., Lynch N. (2009) Linguistic Elitism and Gender in the Irish Labour Market: How much Advantage is there to Workers in Ireland Speaking Irish and being Male? Evidence from the 2006 Census, Public Policy, Governance & Sustainability Seminar, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick22nd May.
  • Borooah V., Dineen D., Lynch N. (2009) Linguistic Elitism and Gender in the Irish Labour Market: How much Advantage is there to Workers in Ireland Speaking Irish and being Male? Evidence from the 2006 Census, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Seminar, ESRI, Dublin25th June.
  • Lynch N., Hart M., Lenihan H. (2007) Using a Logic Model to Evaluate Ireland’s New and Innovative Industry-led Network Initiative, 10th European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) Conference, University of Florence, Italy, September 10-12th.
  • Lynch N. (2007) Business Networking and the Logic Model: Program Planning and Evaluation, Shannon Consortium Conference, Absolute Hotel, Limerick, November 22nd.
  • Lynch N. (2007) The Development of a Logic Model to aid in the Evaluation of Business Networks in Ireland, Kemmy Business School Research Conference, University of Limerick, May 16th.

Additional interests and activities

I am passionate about bringing research and teaching together and I am committed to providing our students with a high quality education. The research I undertake supports my teaching and allows for a research-led teaching environment where academic excellence is combined with a friendly student-centred learning experience.

I am also keen on giving our students the opportunity to work on research projects with our team. In March 2016 I received funding from the University as part of their Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) to offer a bursary to a second student to work on a specified research project. This funding is being used to offer a student the opportunity to work with researchers within the economics team on a project to examine the economic and social impact of the Buxton Festival on its stakeholders. Opportunities like this help students develop their subject knowledge and skills, as well as, developing transferrable skills that will help them as they progress through their studies into future employment.

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