Dr Robert Butler has been a college lecturer in the Department of Economics since September 2006, completing his doctorate in 2013 under the supervision of Veblen-Commons award winner Professor Geoffrey Hodgson.
Robbie's research has been published in leading international journals including the two ABS 4* papers in the British Journal of Industrial Relations and European Journal of Operational Research, and papers in European Sports Management Quarterly, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Economic Studies and The Scottish Journal of Political Economy.
Since November 2017 Robbie has been Director of the Centre for Sports Economics and Law.
In October 2015, Robbie was awarded the President's Prize for Teaching, becoming one of the youngest staff members to receive the award. In October 2016, he won the Teaching Hero Award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, becoming the first UCC person to receive both awards. He has been a Teaching Fellow within UCC's CITRL since September 2018.
Robbie's research is focused on institutional economics and sports economics. He has also worked on a European Commission project on fan ownership in football, and has paper publishing shortly on fan identity. Some of his work in the area of sport can be found at www.sportseconomics.org.