Peadar Kirby, 

BA, BD, H.Dip in Ed., PhD

From September 1st 2007:

Professor of International Politics and Public Policy,

Department of Politics and Public Administration,

University of Limerick

Contact details:
Department of Politics and Public Administration,
University of Limerick,

Tel: 353-61-202633  
E-mail: Peadar.Kirby@ul.ie

Formerly of the School of Law and Government,

Dublin City University



Winner: President’s Research Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU, 2003




Visiting professorships:

  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Science Po), Paris, 2002-03
  • Instituto de Ciencia Política, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, 2001-02
  • Ben Gurion University, Israel, August 2003, July 2005
  • University of Costa Rica, San José, 2006

Recent lectures:

  • June 2007: Paper entitled ‘Civil Society-State Relations in Central America’s Development: Towards a new paradigm?’ to a conference ‘Central America: Challenged Transition?’ at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, June 14th and 15th.
  • May/June 2007: Paper entitled ‘CEPAL’s Neo-structuralist Paradigm: Lessons from the Irish case’ to a conference on ‘Social Policy, Economic Development and Income Inequality: Latin America in Comparative Perspective’ at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, May 31st and June 1st.
  • May 2007: Invited speaker on ‘The Application of Human Security in OSCE Activities’ to an OSCE workshop on human security, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
  • May 2007: Keynote opening address on ‘Vulnerabilidad y globalización: Las raíces de los flujos migratorios’ at a conference entitled ‘La inmigración en España: horizontes para la convivencia’ at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.
  • April 2007: Paper entitled ‘A Developmental or a Competition State?: Interrogating the Irish State’s developmental capacity’ to a conference on ‘Capacity Building in Small States’ in the University of Birmingham, April 4th to 5th.
  • March 2007: Lectures on the new left in Latin America and on the social impact of globalisation at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University, Prague.
  • February 2007: Country paper on Ireland to workshop on Poverty Reduction and Policy Regimes at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Palais des Nations, Geneva.
  • January 2007: ‘The Rise of the Left in Latin America: Moving beyond Neoliberalism?’ at the Department of Applied Social Studies, UCC.
  • January 2007: ‘Economic Success, Social Failure: The Celtic Tiger’, keynote address to conference of the South and Mid-West Community Development Support Agency, Tralee
  • January 2007: ‘Is the democratic project compatible with the values of neoliberal globalisation?’, public lecture at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin
  • January 2007: ‘Introduction to Globalisation’ to students on the B of Soc. Studies in Housing and Community Studies, UCD
  • December 2006: ‘Small states aspiring to high-tech success: The contrasting roles of regionalism in the Irish and Costa Rican cases’, paper to panel on ‘Small States and Regionalism’ at the British International Studies Association annual conference in UCC.
  • October 2006: ‘Globalisation and Development: Lessons from Ireland’ at the College of Politics and Law, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, China.
  • October 2006: ‘Globalisation and Development: Lessons from Ireland’ at the School of WTO Studies, Wuhan University, China.
  • October 2006: ‘Reforma del Estado, Buen Gobierno y Desarrollo Económico: El modelo de desarrollo de Irlanda comparado con Costa Rica’, lecture to a conference on ‘Buen Gobierno: Tareas Aun Pendientes’ organised by the Fundación Arias, San José, Costa Rica.
  • September 2006: ‘Globalisation, Vulnerability and the Role of the State: Lessons from the Irish Case’ to a group of students from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague who visited the Centre for International Studies in DCU.
  • September 2006: ‘The rise of people power in Latin America’ to the Tom Johnson Summer School, Kilkenny, September 3rd.
  • July 2006: ‘Globalisation and threats to well-being: Critiquing the concept of human security, proposing the concept of vulnerability’ to the 20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

Research interests:

  • globalisation: meaning, political economy, culture, social impact
  • development theory and practice
  • development in the Republic of Ireland
  • Latin America: social, political and economic development
  • social movements and the potential for agency
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Recent publications:

  • ‘Implications of Globalisation: Present Imperfect, Future Tense’, in Anne Boran and Peter Cox, eds: Implications of Globalisation, Chester Academic Press, 2007, pp 24-51.
  • Populorum Progressio in the Era of Globalisation’, in The Development of Peoples: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow, edited by the International Jesuit Network for Development and published by the Columba Press, 2007, pp 118-127.
  • Peadar Kirby and Mary Murphy: ‘Ireland as a “Competition State”’, IPEG Papers in Global Political Economy, No 28, May 2007, available at http://www.bisa.ac.uk/groups/ipeg/ipegpapers.htm
  • Preventing the Future or Distorting the Past? Tom Garvin on Mancur Olson and the Causes of Ireland’s Underdevelopment’ in Administration, Vol 54, No 3, October/November 2006, pp 55-68.
  • 'Theorising globalisation's social impact: Proposing the concept of vulnerability' in Review of International Political Economy, Vol 13, No 4, October 2006, pp 634-656.
  • Taming the Tiger:  Social Exclusion in a Globalised Ireland, co-edited with David Jacobson and Deiric Ó Broin, tasc and New Island Books, 2006
  • ‘Between Europe and America’ in Andrew Wyndham, ed.: Re-imagining Ireland, University of Virginia Press, 2006, pp 23-25.
  • Vulnerability and Violence: The Impact of Globalisation (Pluto Press, 2006), launched by Noam Chomsky in Dublin on January 19th, 2006.

Forthcoming publications:

  • Contesting the Irish State, co-edited with Maura Adshead and Michelle Millar, Manchester University Press, 2007.
  • ‘El impacto social de la globalizacion’: De la pobreza a la vulnerabilidad’ in Antonio Martin, ed.: Las Dimensiones Sociales de la Globalizacion, Madrid: Thomson Paraninfo
  • Transforming Ireland: Challenges, Critiques, Resources, co-edited with Debbie Ging and Michael Cronin, Manchester University Press, forthcoming.