Email Tom McDermott
Post Doctoral Researcher
Tom joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in September 2012. His research is primarily focused on the relationship between climate and economic development.
In particular, his work to date has looked at the macroeconomic effects of natural disasters and the relationship between environmental volatility and long-term economic development.
Tom recently submitted his PhD thesis, titled ‘Essays on Environmental Shocks and Economic Development’, at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
During July and August, 2012, Tom was a PhD research intern at the United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), in Helsinki, where he worked on a paper on the role of the media in the allocation of humanitarian assistance following natural disasters.
Tom holds a B.Comm. (International) and an M.Sc. in Economics from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has also taught economics (including courses in Macroeconomics, Irish Economy, and Growth & Development) at Dublin City University.
- The economics of natural disasters;
- Comparative economic development and the spatial distribution of income;
- Issues of equity in relation to climate change policy;
- Decision-making under uncertainty;
- The evolution of economic behaviours such as cooperation.