Naoise McDonagh

Dr Naoise McDonagh


School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Dr. Naoise McDonagh's research focuses on how geopolitical tensions are driving transformations within the international political economy, with a particular focus on economic coercion, sanctions and security-driven investment screening. He has researched and worked in Universities in Europe, New Zealand and Australia (current). Also of special concern is the re-emergence of state-led capitalism and the growing role of state-owned enterprises in strategic trade. Naoise welcomes collaboration on these research interests.


Universities Australia: Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

Project title: ‘Value-Based Foreign Economic Relations’

Value: AUD $25,000.00


Lowy Institute: Power and Diplomacy Program

Project title: ‘Regional Trade Agreements and Rule Convergence/Divergence: The Case for the EU to Join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreements for Trans-Pacific Partnership’

Value: AUD $4000


2018    Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) University of Auckland

Project title: ‘From Darwin, To Marx(ists): “Variation is part of species essence”’, presented at Union for Radical Political Economy, 50th Anniversary Conference, UMASS, MA.

Value: $1000


2016    PBRF University of Auckland

Project title: ‘Why finance is the real economy’, presented at Intersections of Finance and Society, City University of London.

Value: $1000.


2015    PBRF University of Auckland

Project title: ‘Framing Finance during Crisis’, presented at the Inaugural Cultural Political Economy Conference, Lancaster University, UK.

Value: $1000.


2015      3-year University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

Project title: ‘The End of Capitalism, Again? An Institutional-Evolutionary View’

Awarded through competitive tender by: School of Sociology Doctoral Research Committee

Value: $108,000 over three years.


2012    10 Week Research Bursary, NUIG Summer Internship Program

Project title:Media representation of the Irish economic crisis, 2008-2009

Awarded by: School of Political Science and Sociology Research Committee, National University of Ireland Galway. Value: €2,000.00

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 currently

Course coordinator: Rethinking Capitalism III (ECON 3529)

Course coordinator: 'Principles of International Trade and Development" (TRADE 7004)

Course coordinator: 'Research Methods in International Trade' (TRADE 7003)

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Services trade in South Australia: An analysis of economic contribution, trade capabiltiies and existing policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Madeleine Pemberton
    2022 Co-Supervisor Openness and Uneven Growth: Case of Developing Country Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samnang Chea
    2022 Co-Supervisor Impact of PFM System on Social Development Outcomes in an Open Economy: Case of Cambodia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Vinel Yeth
    2022 Co-Supervisor Investment Protection and Dispute Settlement Under PACER Plus: Understanding Domestic Implications - Case of Solomon Islands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Freddie James Namo
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor A Comparative Assessment of China's Application to Join the CPTPP Institute for International Trade Master in International Trade and Development Master Full Time Dongyue Sun
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Supply Chain Resilience in the Australian Solar Panel Industry: A global value chain risk assessment approach University of Adelaide Master in International Trade and Development Master Full Time Alexander Mueller
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor A Study of Geoeconomics and Australia: Enhancing Australia’s Strategic Response in the Face of Growing Economic Coercion and Geopolitical Trade Tensions The University of Adelaide Master in International Trade and Development Master Full Time Joshua McMullan
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The effect of telecommunication penetration on international trade performance: Evidence from four East African Community Partner States University of Adelaide Master of International Trade and Development Master Full Time Danby L. Mudachi
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131409
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 5
  • Org Unit: Institute for International Trade

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