Naoise McDonagh

Naoise McDonagh

Institute of International Trade

Faculty of the Professions


Dr. Naoise McDonagh is an expert in international political economy, institutional economics, development and comparative capitalism. He has a BA in political science and philosophy, and an MA in international development, both from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Naoise has a PhD degree from the University of Auckland, specializing in institutional economics and the evolution of economic systems.

Naoise’s research has recently examined the factors driving financial crises, the political economy of differential regional and national economic growth, and the institutional underpinnings of successful development. He has published in Routledge’s Frontiers in Political Economy series, Culture and Organization, and has a publication forthcoming with the Journal of Economic Issues. Research in progress analyses the political economy of WTO reform and the growing shift to plurilateral trade agreements. Of special concern is the re-emergence of state-led capitalism and the growing role of state-owned enterprises in global trade. Naoise welcomes collaboration on these research interests.

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  • Journals

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    2019 McDonagh, N. (2019). One-dimensional times: a dialectical response to the Irish Times ’ coverage of the global financial crisis. Culture and Organization, 25(1), 1-20.
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    2017 McDonagh, N. (2017). Jane Kelsey (2015) The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning. Wellington, New Zealand. Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Law Society.. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(4), 119.
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    2016 McDonagh, N. (2016). How to Frame a Bank Bailout: Lessons from Ireland during the Global Financial Crisis. Przestrzeń Społeczna (Social Space), 12(2), 84-112.
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Naoise has taught economic sociology and comparative institutional economics in European and Australasian universities. He believes in continually developing his pedagogical practice through insights into the latest theoretical and practical research. Naoise's teaching regularly receives the highest commendations from his students through official anonymized student evaluations. The following qualitative assessment is typical of student feedback: "Naoise creates a classroom environment which is really thought provoking, everyone has a chance to participate in and contribute to the class work" (Sociol 100, 2019, Semester 1, University of Auckland). Quantitative analysis of evaluations across five semesters between 2016-2019 indicate student satisfaction of over 90%. These outcomes are reflective of Naoise's commitment to high-engagement teaching.

Courses taught in 2020:

'Principles of International Trade and Development" (TRADE 7004).


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