Professor Helena Lenihan
Professor Helena Lenihan is an Economist at the Kemmy Business School (KBS), University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. She has published extensively on innovation and science policy; policy evaluation, industrial/enterprise policy development; enterprise, innovation & science policy evaluation and firm performance and growth. From 2009-2014, she was Assistant Dean, Research at the KBS. In 2008/09, she was an invited Visiting Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK. She was also a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge where she is now a lifetime member.
Helena is particularly interested in demonstrating the impact of her research on the economy and society more broadly. As a researcher, the chance to make an impact on society through research is a prospect that Helena is very passionate about. She champions UL’s Research Impact initiative and chairs, UL’s Research Impact Working Group (www.ul.ie/researchimpact). Helena regularly briefs policymakers (e.g Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation) on matters related to her areas of research expertise. In 2018, Helena secured a grant from Science Foundation Ireland for in excess of half a million euro to evaluate the impact of science policy on the economy and society.
Helena was awarded one of the first National Excellence in Teaching Awards by the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL). She has also been twice awarded the UL Excellence in Teaching Award and is a member of Ireland’s Íontas Alliance (an association for Ireland’s National Awardees of teaching excellence in Higher Education).
Helena has authored and co-authored many internationally refereed journal articles, edited books, book chapters and commissioned reports. She has also been invited to deliver many keynote addresses both nationally and internationally. She regularly publishes articles in highly ranked international journals. Helena has also generated significant research funding from both academic (e.g. HEA, EU-FP7, IRCHSS/IRC, RIA) and policy-making sources (e.g. Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland).