Hanly, Dr Paul

Associate Professor PG Studies & Research School of Business (Rm 2.28)




  • Dr. Paul Hanly is a lecturer in economics in the NCI. Paul's research primarily focuses on health economics, labour markets and decision-making. He is widely published, "Research Gate Profile" (RG score: 31.5; H-index=15) "Google Scholar Profile" (H-index=21; ›1,300 citations)   "Scopus Profile" (H-index=14; ›500 citations), in national and international peer reviewed journals including Social Science & Medicine (4* ABS journal), Value in Health, the European Journal of Health Economics and the International Journal of Cancer. Paul is a recipient of a number of international awards including a "Best New Investigator" award from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). He is actively involved in ongoing interdisciplinary research projects with collaborators in the National Agency for Research on Cancer,  Newcastle University Centre for Cancer, Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Sydney, and Maynooth University. Paul's specific research interests encompass the areas of disease associated productivity loss, microcosting health technologies, labour market modelling, quality-of-life measurement, non-market activity economic valuation, and input-output analysis. He has developed an Economics learning YouTube channel which you can access here.  

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Module Leader - Economics for Management (level 9, MBS/MSc Management), Economics (Level 9, MSc Finance), Business Economics (level 7, BA Business/HRM), Economic and Social Policy (level 8, BA Business/HRM), Macroeconomics (level 6, BA Business/HRM).
  • Research committee member. 


  • PhD in Economics, University of Limerick (2009)
  • MA in Economics (1.1), University College Cork (2003)
  • BA Hons (1.1) in Economics and History, University College Cork (2002)

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Economics, National College of Ireland, Ireland (2012 to present)
  • Health Economist, National Cancer Registry (2009 - 2012)
  • Lecturer in Economics (Associate), Limerick Institute of Technology (2008-2009)
  • Lecturer in Economics (Associate), University of Limerick (2005-2008)
  • Tutorial Assistant, University of Limerick (2003-2005)


  • Recipient of the National College of Ireland President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in 2013. 
  • Recipient of the "Best Paper Prize" for 'Cancer-related productivity loss in the Irish economy: adding to the burden' in Health and Public Research at the 16th Irish Academy of Management (IAM) conference, 2nd-4th September, Waterford, 2013. Published in the Irish Journal of Management. 
  • Recipient of the "Top Research Poster Prize" for 'An investigation of time costs associated with informal care: the case of colorectal cancer' at the National Cancer Intelligence Network: cancer Outcomes Conference 2012, Birmingham. June, 2012. Published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 
  • Recipient of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) "Best New Investigator Award" for 'Breast and prostate cancer productivity costs: a comparison of the human capital approach and the friction cost approach' at the 14th Annual European Congress Madrid, Spain, 5th-8th November, 2011. Published in Value in Health. 
  • Recipient of the "Top Research Poster Prize" at the 2nd National Conference on Population-Based Cancer Research in Ireland, Dublin. November, 2010. 
  • Conferred with the title of "College Scholar" for BA in Economics and History Final Year Results, UCC, 2002. 
  • Awarded successive "UCC Arts Scholarship Awards" in recognition of exceptional performance in Final Exams, 2000 and 2001. 

Professional Body Membership

  • Member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Member of Heatlh Technology Assessment International (HTAi)

Research Grants

  • "Improving bowel cancer screening in Ireland: Development and pilot of an evidence-based, theoretically-informed intervention prototype". Funding body: Irish Cancer Society Bowel Screening Award 2019. Grant Awarded: €159,999.67. Role: Co-applicant.
  • “Productivity loss due to premature cancer mortality in Brazil”. Funding body: MSD Oncology Policy Grant Program (2018). Grant Award: $98,220. Role: Co-Principal Investigator 
  • "Loneliness and Health: The Moderating Role of Befriending Services." Funding Body: Health Research Board - Applied Partnership Awards (2017). Grant application: €160,000 (awarded). Role: Co-applicant. (With Dr. Joanna Power).
  • "Cancer survivorship - costs, inequalities and post-treatment follow-up". Funding Body: Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Award from the Health Research Board (2012). Grant Award: €668,345 (awarded). Role: Collaborator. 
  • "Improving Communications for chemotherapy: Addressing concerns of older cancer patients and caregivers". Funding body: Patient-Centred Outcomes Research Group (PCORI) (2013). Grant Award: $2,097,044. Role: Collaborator.
  • "Assessment of the economic impact of cancer in Ireland". Funding Body: Health Research Board (2006). Grant Award: €748,906. Role: Researcher/Health Economist. 

Research Grant Proposals Submitted

  • "Investigation of the feasibility of screening for psychological distress 'the sixth vital sign in cancer care' among men with prostate cancer; Towards improved cancer care and survivorship". Funding Body: Health Research Board. Grant application: €321,419, (submitted) Role: Co-applicant
  • "Social support, social networking and diabetes: a mixed-methods investigation." Funding body: MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2018. Grant Application: €160,000 (submitted - under review). Role: Co-applicant. (PI: Dr. Myles Balfe: UCC)
  • "EMploying POsitive Workplace Engagement and Resilience (EMPOWER): A mixed methods investigation of employability and workplace wellbeing in people with epilepsy." Funding body: MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2018. Grant Application: €138,000 (submitted, but not selected). Role: Co-applicant. 

Research Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Conference Presentations

Course Books

  • 2009. "Business Economics" module course book for use on the MSc in Project Management, Project Management Centre, University of Limerick. 
  • 2008. "Microeconomics" flexible learning study guide developed for the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School flexible learning BBS course.  


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