Applied Research Programme


NorDubCo’s applied research programme for the 2016 – 2018 period is currently being finalised and will be announced in September 2016.

The following are examples of the applied research projects we have completed as of 30th June 2016:

The primary objective of the Analysis of Infrastructural Provision in North Dublin project was to provide an analysis detailing, to the appropriate stakeholders in the region, the current provision of key infrastructure in the region. This includes utilities, e.g. electricity, telecommunications and wastewater etc., transport, physical regeneration of existing population centres, enterprise, social/community and cultural. The research did not aim to produce a complete audit of infrastructure rather to provide a useful outline of the key deficits in the region.

Capturing the Economic and Social Value of the Higher Education – A Pilot Study of Dublin City University report presents some of the key results arising from a pilot study of Dublin City University aimed at measuring the social and economic impact of the university. The Chief Executive of the HEA launched the report on 22nd December 2014 and since its launch a number of other reports have been launched supporting the analysis and key arguments of the report. As part of the development process NorDubCo, as a partner in the project, was requested to continue aspects of the work. Working with the DCU Office of Planning and Institutional Analysis NorDubCo will complete the research project in mid-2016.

An Eco-Innovation Country Profile for Ireland, in conjunction with the Eco-Innovation Observatory and The Green Way, the final document is accessible accessible from the EIO website. The Eco-Innovation Observatory is a three year project financed by the European Commission. The project provides a platform for the collation and analysis of data relating the eco-innovation activities across the European Union. The Observatory provides a vital source of information to companies, investors and innovation service providers while also informing policy decisions at both national and international level. Work collated through the project also directly informs EU initiatives such as the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) and Europe INNOVA.

An analysis of the impact of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on North Dublin provided an analysis detailing, to the appropriate stakeholders in the region, the potential impacts of the government’s decision to establish the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on ongoing and proposed developments in the region.

An analysis of the impact of infrastructure development on businesses in North Dublin analysed the potential business impacts of ongoing and proposed infrastructure developments in the region. A “significant” impact on business includes situations where the proposal will, or is likely to produce the following effects:

  • Add significantly to business costs, directly and indirectly;
  • Place businesses in the region at a competitive disadvantage with local, regional, national and international competitors;
  • Alter the way the activities of a business, or group of businesses are undertaken;
  • Affect a significant number of businesses;
  • Target a proportionately large number of businesses within a particular industry.

Airport Regions E-learning Academy (AIREA) was an international consortium of Fingal County Council, NorDubCo/Dublin City University, Gothenburg Regional Authority (Sweden), El Prat Municipal Authority (Catalonia), Tallinn City Council (Estonia) and the Airport Regions Conference (ARC). AIREA created an e-learning academy that gives students the chance for life-long learning by accessing best-practice learning models in a culturally harmonized and dynamic on-line environment. The Irish component of the project (Fingal County Council, Dublin City University and NorDubCo) worked with the Gothenburg Regional Authority to develop the e-learning platform, its pedagogical methods and teaching culture.

The Real Cost of Applying for Public Funding project examined the resource implications facing many community-based organisations when applying for public funds through the government managed programmes like the Dormant Accounts Fund, the Community Services Programme, Community Support for Older People, Programme of Grants for Locally-Based Community and Voluntary Organisations or funding available through local childcare initiatives.

The North Dublin Industrial Skills and Employment Analysis 2008-2020 examined:

  • The likely labour and skills requirements of industry in the region;
  • The potential educational, training, research and technology requirements of industry in the region;
  • The infrastructural, siting, public services and land requirements of industry in the region.

The project’s steering committee was composed of Professor David Jacobson (DCU), Dr. Declan Raftery (DCU), Kieran Rose (Dublin City Council), Ann Marie Farrelly (Fingal County Council) and Dr. Matthias Borscheid (Northside Partnership). The research team were John O’Byrne and Dr. Chris van Egeraat from the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at NUI-Maynooth.

The Cultural Needs of Economic Migrants in North Dublin project was a joint Fingal County Council, NorDubCo and DCU research project. The project assessed the cultural needs of economic migrants in the region and the measures deemed necessary to meet the identified requirements.

CSR4U was devised to mainstream the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Responsible Enterprise among Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of CSR among SMEs throughout Ireland. The project commenced in July 2006, with the first year consisting of a pilot phase focusing on North Dublin. This included nine one-day workshops focusing on the following topics:

  • Environment;
  • Workforce Diversity;
  • Older Employees;
  • People with Disabilities in the workplace;
  • Socially exclusion and the SME;
  • Work-life balance;
  • Local Communities and the SME;
  • CSR in the supply chain;
  • Using CSR to enhance your brand.

Phase two of the project involved the organisation of a series of regional seminars organised in conjunction with the County Enterprise Board Network. The seminars were held in Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Athlone, Dundalk and Waterford. The project concluded with a national conference held in the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club on Tuesday May 13th 2008. The project’s website http://www.csr4u.org/provides a more detailed discussion of the various components of the project.

An Assessment of Enterprise Space in North Dublin was completed in March 2008. The overall aim of the research project was to determine the need for enterprise space in North Dublin. In this context, the project objectives were to:

  • Carry out a review of the existing enterprise space available in the region;
  • Develop recommendations on best practice in building and developing an enterprise centre;
  • Examine the current supply of and demand for enterprise space;
  • Determine the future need for enterprise space.

The report was launched in April 2008.

The Attitudes to Heritage in Fingal project was a joint NorDubCo, DCU and Fingal County Council research project. The project aimed to survey and identify community attitudes and needs in relation to heritage in County Fingal. In addition, the research identified heritage services needed in the community. It also sought to answer the question ‘how the county can better market heritage to family groups and to new communities?’ The report was launched in March 2008.