As you may already have guessed by now, my name is Jason Deegan. I’m currently working as a PhD candidate and Research Fellow at the University of Stavanger, where my research focus is applied to the area of Smart Specialisation and my supervisiors are Tom Broekel and Rune Dahl Fitjar. Prior to this, I also hold a Master’s of Public Policy from University College Dublin, where I wrote my thesis about the relationship between early ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and a country’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index, and I hold a Bachelor in Marketing from Technological University of Dublin (formerly, Dublin Institute of Technology).


My more practical experience lies in the field of marketing, where I have had the pleasure to work in a variety of marketing roles in Ireland and Germany, where I amongst other projects had the opportunity to manage a team of campaign managers throughout Africa. On this website you will notice that I tend to write articles across a number of areas, however, I’m mostly interested in policy (specifically: innovation, labour, housing and economic policymaking more generally) and I also focus a lot of my attention on trying to solve problems and on helping to develop a more nuanced view of the world.

When I was 21, I was involved in the founding and establishment of an international, youth-focused organisation against corruption (Anti Corruption International – if you are interested in checking out our work). It was here that I gained some fantastic leadership experience, and had the joy of dealing with people from across the world and develop projects that supported young people taking tangible action against corruption – an issue I’ve long been passionate about. This work was particularly a valuable experience to my professional development, and it also brought me in contact with a great number of accomplished, young people from across the world.

My most recently completed paper is an academic paper focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their use of twitter for identity creation, which was published with the Irish Communications Review journal (if you are interested you can find the paper here) – it remains one of the top 10 most popular papers within the journal, as counted by total downloads. If you are interested in discussing any of my previous work or interested in working together on projects in the future, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.