University–industry links in R&D and consultancy in Ireland's indigenous high-tech sector


  • Almar M. Barry St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland
  • Mary Fenton Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland



Between 1995 and 2007, the Irish Government implemented a variety of measures designed to enhance the infrastructure and profile of research activities in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The aim was to foster a culture of innovation-led academic entrepreneurship and, thereby, develop links between HEIs and indigenous industry in Ireland, with particular emphasis on research and development (R&D) links. This paper analyses the barriers and stimulants to the creation and maintenance of links between HEIs and industry and focuses specifically on R&D and consultancy links. The findings indicate that indigenous high-tech firms are not the key benefactors of Ireland’s science and technology (S&T) base. Whilst firms are engaging in innovative activities, HEIs are excluded from such developments. Teaching and training links constitute the most common form of interaction, not R&D links and consultancy links, as might have been expected.

Author Biography

Mary Fenton, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Department of Adult and Continuing Education, School of Education and Professional Development




How to Cite

Barry, A. M., & Fenton, M. (2014). University–industry links in R&D and consultancy in Ireland’s indigenous high-tech sector. Irish Geography, 46(1), 51–77.