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Business & Economics
Mr. STEPHEN MCNENA
T: Ext. 3053
I lecture on the BA (Child, Youth and Family Studies) programme, as well as delivering economics modules to Arts, postgrad and online students.
I was based at St. Angela’s College, Sligo, a college of NUI Galway, between 1998 and 2019, where I taught on the B.Ed. in Home Economics, Nursing and Access programmes.
I am involved in research on local government economics with colleagues in NUI Galway, and collaborators from other universities.
My areas of research interest include public finances, taxation and the welfare state, as well as transport policy, especially public transit.
Previous projects include a socio-economic analysis of regions of Ireland (2012) and an evaluation of Ballinasloe marina on behalf of Ballinasloe Town Council and Galway County Council (2013).
|Project||Start Date||End Date|
|STEPHEN McNENA GENERAL RESEARCH ACCOUNT||01-MAR-19||28-FEB-29|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2021)|| 'Equalisation transfers and local fiscal capacity: A new methodology for Ireland'
Turley, G., McNena S. (2021) 'Equalisation transfers and local fiscal capacity: A new methodology for Ireland'. The Economic And Social Review, 52 (1):53-74 [Details]
|(2020)|| 'A reassessment of local government’s financial position and performance: The case of Ireland'
Gerard Turley, Rémi Di medio and Stephen McNena (2020) 'A reassessment of local government’s financial position and performance: The case of Ireland'. Administration, 68 (2):1-35 [DOI] [Details]
|(2019)|| 'Local government funding in Ireland: Contemporary issues and future challenges'
Turley, G; McNena, S (2019) 'Local government funding in Ireland: Contemporary issues and future challenges'. Administration, 67 (4):1-26 [DOI] [Details]
|(2018)|| 'Austerity and Irish local government expenditure since the Great Recession'
Turley, G., McNena, S., and Robbins, G. (2018) 'Austerity and Irish local government expenditure since the Great Recession'. Administration, 66 (4):1-24 [DOI] [Details]
|(2018)|| 'Optimum Territorial Reforms in Local Government: An Empirical Analysis of Scale Economies in Ireland'
Gerard Turley, John McDonagh, Stephen McNena, Arkadiusz Grzedzinski (2018) 'Optimum Territorial Reforms in Local Government: An Empirical Analysis of Scale Economies in Ireland'. The Economic And Social Review, 49 (4):463-488 [Details]
|(2016)|| 'An Analysis of Local Public Finances and the 2014 Local Government Reforms'
Turley, G.and McNena, S. (2016) 'An Analysis of Local Public Finances and the 2014 Local Government Reforms'. The Economic And Social Review, 47 (2):299-326 [Details]
|(2016)|| 'Benchmarking the financial performance of local councils in Ireland'
Robbins G., Turley G., and McNena S. (2016) 'Benchmarking the financial performance of local councils in Ireland'. Administration, 64 (1):1-27 [DOI] [Details]
|(2015)|| 'A Needs and Resources Assessment of Fiscal Equalisation in the Irish Local Government System'
Turley, G., Flannery, D. and McNena, S. (2015) 'A Needs and Resources Assessment of Fiscal Equalisation in the Irish Local Government System'. The Economic And Social Review, 46 (3):459-484 [Details]
|(2015)|| 'A Framework to Measure the Financial Performance of Local Governments'
Turley, G., Robbins, G., McNena, S. (2015) 'A Framework to Measure the Financial Performance of Local Governments'. Local Government Studies, 41 (3):401-420 [DOI] [Details]
|(2014)|| 'From boom to bust? The financial performance of city and county councils'
Robbins, G., Turley, G. and McNena S. (2014) 'From boom to bust? The financial performance of city and county councils'. Administration, 62 (1):119-151 [Details]
|(2021)|| 'Budget Institutions for Subnational Fiscal Discipline: Local Fiscal Rules in Post-Crisis EU Countries'
Gerard Turley, Christian Raffer and Stephen McNena (2021) 'Budget Institutions for Subnational Fiscal Discipline: Local Fiscal Rules in Post-Crisis EU Countries' In: Local Public Finance: An International Comparative Regulatory Perspective. Switzerland: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
|(2018)|| 'Financing Local Government in the Twenty-First Century: Local Government Revenues in EU Member States, 2000-2014'
Turley, G., McNena, S. (2018) 'Financing Local Government in the Twenty-First Century: Local Government Revenues in EU Member States, 2000-2014' In: The Routledge Handbook on International Local Government. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Ltd. [Details]
|(2014)|| Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference,
McNena, S. (2014) From Boom to Bust? The Financial Performance of City and County Councils in Ireland. [Conference Paper], Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Belfast , 29-MAY-14 - 30-MAY-14. [Details]
|(2005)|| Welfare State in Ireland 1997-2002. Belgium: Presented at the Conference the State of the Welfare State Anno.
McNena, S (2005) Welfare State in Ireland 1997-2002. Belgium: Presented at the Conference the State of the Welfare State Anno. Conference Paper [Details]
|(2021)|| Getting the Right Balance - A redesigned revenue equalisation funding model for local government.
Turley, Gerard and McNena, Stephen (2021) Getting the Right Balance - A redesigned revenue equalisation funding model for local government. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration Magazine Article [Details]
Non Published Reports
|(2013)|| An evaluation of Ballinasloe marina.
McNena, S. (2013) An evaluation of Ballinasloe marina. Non Published Reports [Details]
|(2002)|| Sligo County - Economic, Social and Cultural Profile.
McNena, S. (2002) Sligo County - Economic, Social and Cultural Profile. Sligo: Non Published Reports [Details]
Gerard Turley and Stephen McNena (2020) www.localauthorityfinances.com. Web Page [Details]
Honours and Awards
|2016||NUI Galway President's Award for Teaching Excellence - nomination||NUI Galway|
|2015||NUI Galway President's Award for Teaching Excellence - nomination||NUI Galway|
|2014||NUI Galway||Postgraduate Diploma||Stand-alone module on Learning Technologies|
|2009||NUI Galway||Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning||Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning|
Programme Director of the Higher Diploma in Economic Science since September 2017. https://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/economic-science.html
Stephen teaches on, and contributes to, a wide range of modules: macroeconomics, mathematical economics, social policy, environmental issues and health economics.
Recent Postgraduate Students
|2018||Weichen Li, M.Econ.Sc - Is GDP growth translating into real-wage growth?||Y|
|2018||Mathews Joseph, M.Ecoc.Sc. - Indian demonetisation||Y|
|2018||Alex Gardiner, M.Econ.Sc. - Cryptocurrencies||Y|
|2016||Niall Pender, M.Econ.Sc. - Terrorism and tourism||Y|
|2016||Alasdair Walsh, M.Econ.Sc. - Brexit and five possible trade relationships between the UK and EU||Y|
|2015||Carol McLoughlin, MSc Health economics 2014/15||Y|
|Term/Year||Module Title||Module Code||Subject / Desc|
|2019/20||Introduction to Economic Policy||EC1110||1st year BA (Child, Youth, Family) and BSc. Applied Social Science|
|2019/20||Economics of Public and Social Policy||EC267||2nd year BA (Child, Youth, Family) and 3rd year BSc. (Applied Social Science)|
|2019/20||Economics of Family Policy||EC272|
|2019/20||Ireland in the Global Economy||EC426.3||Part-time online B.Comm.|
|2019/20||Introduction to Youth and Family studies||SP1103||Team teaching, I teach one-third of module|
|2019/20||Research Methods in Public and Social Policy||SP1117||Team teaching - I teach 1/6|
|2018/19||Intermediate Macroeconomics||EC7102||Part-time online B.Comm.|
|2016/17||Microeconomics||EC 2.1||B.Ed. programme at St. Angela's College, Sligo|
|2014/15||Access programme - Economics and maths modules||xx||Access programme at St. Angela's College, Sligo|
|Name||Description of Collaboration|
|Dr. Gerard Turley||
|Dr. Geraldine Robbins||
|Dr. John McDonagh||
|Name||Organisation / Institute||Country||Description of Collaboration|
|Christian Raffer||Hertie School of Governance||GERMANY||
|Dr. Richeal Burns||St. Angela's College, Sligo||