Postdoctoral Researcher
Lucas Olmedo


Universities & Institutions

  • University College Cork

Areas of Interest

  • Social enterprise
  • Local development
  • Rural development

Lucas is a postdoctoral in NUI-Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in Rural Development at the Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork, Ireland. His current research delves with “Mapping social enteprises and their impact on sustainable rural development in Ireland”. Lucas conducted his PhD on ‘Exploring Irish Rural Social Enterprises as Neoendogenous Development Actors’ with a H2020-MarieCurie research fellowship (EU funded project RurAction). Lucas expertise and research interests include local, rural and regional development, social enterprises, community social entrepreneurship, social economy, social innovation, and migration. He is currently a board member of the EMES International Research Network.

Lucas work is published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Rural Studies, Rural Sociology, Local Economy, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Sociologia Ruralis or Administration. Lucas research outputs also include working papers for the United Nations Knowledge Hub, technical and policy reports for funding bodies such as the Andalusia Regional Government, Irish Government and the European Commission.

Lucas has participated in a number of national and international projects, including ‘RurAction – Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions’, funded by the European Commission (H2020); ‘The role of Policy in unlocking the potential of Irish Rural Social Enterprises’ and the first ‘Baseline data collection exercise regarding the Social Enterprise Sector in Ireland’ commissioned by the Department of Rural and Community Development of the Government of Ireland; and ‘Mapping Support Structures for Social Innovation in Ireland’, funded by the ESF+ and EaSI.

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