Hanly, Professor Paul

Lecturer in Economics

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Professor of Economics and award-winning researcher in Health Economics in the National College of Ireland.

Key career highlights to date:

  • Award winning and internationally recognised researcher in the areas of health economics and health policy, with an interest in behavioural economic applications to public policy.
  • Active and prolific researcher with summary research metrics as follows: "Google Scholar Profile" (H-index=25; ≈1,500 citations) "Scopus Profile" (H-index=19; ≈900 citations).
  • Almost 50 publications across highly esteemed and high impact international peer reviewed journals.
  • Published in the top ranked Health Economics journals globally including Social Science and Medicine (4-star ABS ranked journal), Pharmacoeconomics (IF=5.73; ranked 12 out of 242 in Health Policy) and Value in Health (IF=4.75; ranked 4 out of 88 journals in Health Policy & Services and 24 out of 376 in Economics).
  • Published in Tourism Management (4-star ABS journal; ranked 1 out of 129 in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management).
  • Successful co-applicant on large funded national and multinational multidisciplinary projects in health economics and labour. This includes almost €2 million in research grant funding awarded by the HRB, Irish Cancer Society and MSD Oncology.
  • Research prize awardee across a range of internationally recognised research societies including International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
  • Research interests include illness associated productivity loss, microcosting health technologies, labour market modelling, quality-of-life measurement, non-market activity economic valuation, and input-output analysis.
  • Journal reviewer for the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Nature Communications.
  • Network of esteemed collaborators at the forefront of their research fields and multidisciplinary collaborations with internationally recognised centres of excellence from International Agency for Research on Cancer,  Newcastle University Centre for Cancer, American Cancer Society, Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Sydney, McMaster University, Trinity College, DCU and Maynooth University.
  • Creator of an Economics Learning YouTube channel with over half a million views.
  • Teaching Hero Award winner 2021 (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education).

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Programme Director for the MBA.
  • Former Programme Director of the BA(Hons) in Business.
  • Module leader -  Economics for Management (level 9, MBA/MSc International Business), Economic and Social Policy (level 8, BA Business), Business Economics (level 7, BA Business).
  • 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

  • Professor of Economics, National College of Ireland (2023-Present)
  • Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, National College of Ireland (2022-2023)
  • Acting Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, National College of Ireland (2020-2021)
  • Lecturer in Economics and Researcher, National College of Ireland, Ireland (2012 to 2020)
  • 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)


  • Teaching Hero Award, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2021.
  • 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

  • “Investigating the role of thinking style and defensive information processing in cancer screening participation: A opportunity to improve uptake of organised screening”.  Funding body: Health Research Board (2022) Emerging Investigator Award 2022. Role: Collaborator.
  • "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 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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