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Publications by IIIS Research Associates are entered into the Trinity College Research Support System and can be accessed from the links below. This links provide access to publication citations which have been tagged by researchers as relevant to the globalization or migration areas, respectively.



Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This volume contains the revised papers from the Institute's 10th anniversary conference which was held last December. It is edited by the Institute's Director Professor Louis Brennan and contains a rich set of diverse disciplinary contributions from Institute scholars and others. Details of the book can be found here



The Rise of the Brics in Africa: The Geopolitics of South-South Relations
by IIIS Research Associate Padraig Carmody

A little over a decade ago Africa was being spoken of as the 'lost' or 'hopeless' continent in the media. Now it has some of the fastest growing economies in the world, in large part because of the impacts of a group of large developing countries - the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In this first book to be written about the BRICS as a collective phenomenon, Carmody reveals how the BRICS powers' engagements with Africa, both individually and collectively, are often contradictory, generating new inequalities and potentialities for development. Crucially, Carmody shows how the geopolitics of the BRICS countries' involvement in Africa is impacted by and impacts upon their international relations more generally, and how the emergence of these economies has begun to alter the very nature of globalization, which is no longer purely a Western-led project.

A path-breaking examination of Africa's changing role in the world.


Financial Crisis, Labour Markets and InstitutionsEdited by
edited by IIIS Research Associate Pasquale Tridico and Sebastiano Fadda

This book seeks to explain the global financial crisis and its wider economic, political, and social repercussions, arguing that the 2007-9 meltdown was in fact a systemic crisis of the capitalist system.The volume makes these points through the exploration of several key questions:

    • What kind of institutional political economy is appropriate to explain crisis periods and failures of crisis-management?
    • Are different varieties of capitalism more or less crisis-prone, and can the global financial crisis can be attributed to one variety more than others?
    • What is the interaction between the labour market and the financialization process?

The book argues that each variety of capitalism has its own specific crisis tendencies, and that the uneven global character of the crisis is related to the current forms of integration of the world market. More specifically, the 2007-09 economic crisis is rooted in the uneven income distribution and inequality caused by the current financial-led model of growth.The book explains how the introduction of more flexibility in the labour markets and financial deregulation affected everything from wages to job security to trade union influence. Uneven income distribution and inequality weakened aggregate demand and brought about structural deficiencies in aggregate demand and supply. It is argued that the process of financialization has profoundly changed how capitalist economies operate. The volume posits that financial globalization has given rise to growing international imbalances, which have allowed two growth models to emerge: a debt-led consumption growth model and an export-led growth model. Both should be understood as reactions to the lack of effective demand due to the polarization of income distribution. For more details

the Political Economy of the Service Transition
edited by IIIS Research Associate Anne Wren


IIIS is happy to announce the publication of The Political Economy of the Service Transition (Oxford University Press, 2013), edited by IIIS Research Associate Dr. Anne Wren.
This volume was produced under the auspices Dr. Wren's Marie Curie Excellence Team project of the same name which was hosted by IIIS (financed by the European Commission).

Over the past four decades the wealthiest OECD economies-in Europe, North America, and Australasia- have faced massive structural change. Industrial sectors, which were once considered the economic backbone of these societies, have shrunk inexorably in terms of size and economic significance, while service sectors have taken over as the primary engines of output and employment expansion. The impact on labor markets has been profound: in many OECD countries more than three-quarters of employment is now in services, while industrial sectors, on average, account for less than one-fifth. For more details

The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations
edited by IIIS Research Associate Philomena Murray and Thomas Christiansen and Emil Kirchner

This edited book fills a gap in the literature on EU-Asia relations. The European Union and Asia are two regions undergoing significant changes internally while at the same time developing stronger relations with each other. In the context of an emerging multi-polar world, Europe and Asia are seen as major actors, making their relations increasingly crucial for the understanding of global politics. The Handbook is distinctive because it constitutes a thoroughly comprehensive collection of more than 40 contributions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, bringing together leading authors in their respective fields. Contributors come from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, thereby providing a genuinely global perspective on this important topic.

The Handbook is structured along several key dimensions in the relationship, ensuring that bilateral relations, multilateral contexts, institutional aspects, the comparative dimension and the global perspective, are all covered a unique set of contributions. In addition, sections look specifically at political, economic and cultural relations between the two regions.


  • Migrant Activism and Integration from Below in Ireland edited by Ronit Lentin and Elena Moreo, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Ronit Lentin and Elena Moreo

Employing the term 'migrant-led activism' to encompass a range of activities and policy interventions that migrant-led groups in Ireland engage in, this book critically analyzes the interaction between migrant activists and leaders and the state of the Republic of Ireland - a late player in Europe's immigration regime. The book, by a team of researchers based in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland,sets outan evidence-based critique of state and societal discourses of integration to provide a nuanced migrant-inspired discussion of processes of 'integration from below' against the background of an increasingly restrictive immigration regime.

Through lobbying, advocacy, outreach, information, support, as well as campaigns against racism and discriminations, the migrant-led associations discussed in this book not only provide essential services but also participate in policy debates around issues that affect migrants, implement strategies of cultural adaptation and resistance, create opportunities for individual and community advancement, and provide a platform for disadvantaged segments of the population to become visible. The migrant-led associations studied all aim at facilitating migrants' integration from below' in Ireland, displaying a community oriented focus.


  • POLICY COHERENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT: INDICATORS FOR IRELAND A Report commissioned by the Advisory Board for Irish Aid by Michael King and Alan Matthews, Institute for International Integration Studies, Sutherland Centre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Building on the 2009 IIIS reportPolicy Coherence for Development: The State of Play in Ireland”, this IIIS report is the first systematic attempt at developing a set of policy coherence for development (PCD) indicators for an EU member state. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the coherence of Irish policy, in areas such as agriculture, trade, migration, security and the environment, with official overseas development objectives. This research responds to recent calls from the OECD and the EU Commission for greater evaluation of policy coherence efforts and was commissioned by the Advisory Board for Ireland Aid (ABIA). Download Report


  • The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Presence of Chinese and Indian Firms in Europe by Francoise Hay, Christian Milelli and Yunnan Shi
    This book investigates the presence of Chinese and Indian companies in Europe and the impact that the current global financial crisis has had on their corporate behaviour and strategies. Have investments been canceled or postponed? Has the crisis created new opportunities for investment? Is the behaviour of Chinese and Indian firms to these new circumstances similar? In addressing these challenging questions the authors used a proprietary data base encompassing more than 1,500 investments (greenfield operations,
    mergers-and-acquisitions, joint ventures, horizontal/vertical extensions) made throughout Europe by companies from China (Mainland and Hong Kong) and India since the 1990s. Comparisons were made according to several criteria - e.g. spatial patterns, modes of entry, sector and function distribution - to pinpoint differences and likenesses. In addition, face-toface interviews were conducted in order to elaborate congruent case studies in traditional sectors (textile/clothing), or in new sectors (software for Chinese companies).

    'As outward investment from the non-triad countries continues to increase its share of global outward investment, it is important to understand the extent to which such investment is sustained in the triad host regions and countries, and how such investment ventures evolve over time. This is necessary in order to assess the impact of such investment on host societies. Such understanding is also of benefit to home country firms contemplating and planning strategies for overseas investment. Exploring the effects of the global financial crisis on such investment is a crucial element in seeking to estimate future investment flows and their likely impacts.' Louis Brennan, Proposer and Chair, COST Action IS0905 (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) on 'The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe', and Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies, and Associate Professor in the School of Business at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
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The Business of Space The Next Frontier of International Competition by Dr Louis Brennan and Dr Alessandra Vecchi
As the space industry increasingly evolves from one dominated by governments and their military establishments to one which is undergoing rapid commercialization across a wide number of areas, there is a need for a business perspective on the industry. Tracing its origins from the middle of the twentieth century as a government and military domain, the authors look at the ongoing evolution of space exploration and travel, and forecast what might happen in the industry. As the impact of climate change and resource constraints make terrestrial survival for the human species increasingly problematic, the need to develop the means of evacuating Planet Earth and sustaining extraterrestrial human existence becomes critical. Since the space industry is crucial in this respect, this book provides a timely exposition on the emerging state of the industry. Brennan and Vecchi offer invaluable insights on this changing landscape that will have major relevance for the industry players and policy and decision-makers.

DR LOUIS BRENNAN Director of International Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and an Associate Professor in the School of Business at Trinity College where he teaches and researches in the areas of Global Strategy and Technology and Operations Management and Strategy. From 2011, he will serve as the Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Brennan has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering and an MBA. He has lived and worked in several countries in Asia and Europe and in the United States. Dr. Brennan's consulting interests lie in mediating the future.
DR ALESSANDRA VECCHI Research Fellow in the School of Business and in the Institute of International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has been recently appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in Fashion Management at the University of London Arts. She has worked on the SMART project which aimed to support intelligent business networking and consumer services based on information/knowledge sharing and collaboration across supply chain partners, capitalising on the fact that products are uniquely identified with the use of the RFID technology. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of international business and globalisation studies.
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  • The Emergence of Southern Multinationals: Their Impact on Europe by Louis Brennan, IIIS Director (author), 2011
    DR. LOUIS BRENNAN Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) and Associate Professor in the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is also the co-founder and Director of the Global Business Systems Centre at Trinity College. Louis has lived and worked in America, Asia and Europe. He was the proposer of and currently serves as chair of EU COST Action IS0905 on the emergence of southern multinationals and their impact on Europe.
    Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011
    Louis Brennan, PhD, lauded for work on Chinese Multinationals
    Louis Brennan, Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies and an Associate Professor within the School of Business and co-author Ruth Rios-Morales, PhD published “The emergence of Chinese investment in Europe” in peer-reviewed journal Euromed Journal of Business in 2010. The article was just named a Highly Commended Award Winner by the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011. Congratulations to Professor Brennan on this accomplishment!
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  • The New Scramble for Africa by Padraig Carmody, IIIS Research Associate (author)
    Dr. Padraig Carmody, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin has recently published the book, “The New Scramble for Africa”.This book explores the nature of resource and market competition in Africa and the strategies adopted by the different actors involved be they world powers or small companies. Focusing on key commodities, the book examines the dynamics of the new scramble and the impact of current investment and competition on people, the environment, and political and economic development on the continent. New theories, particularly the idea of Chinese "flexigemony" are developed to explain how resources and markets are accessed. While resource access is often the primary motive for increased engagement, the continent also offers a growing market for lower priced goods from Asia and Asia owned companies. Individual chapters explore old and new economic power interests in Africa; oil, minerals, timber, biofuels, food and fisheries; and the nature and impacts of Asian investment in manufacturing and other sectors. The New Scramble for Africa will be essential reading for students of African studies, international relations, and resource politics as well as anyone interested in current affairs.
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  • Communalism and Globalisation in South Asia and its Diaspora by Deana Heath and Chandana Mathur, Department of Anthropolgy NUI Maynooth and IIIS External Research Associate
    Taking as its premise the belief that communalism is not a resurgence of tradition but is instead an inherently modern phenomenon, as well as a product of the fundamental agencies and ideas of modernity, and that globalization is neither a unique nor unprecedented process, this book addresses the question of whether globalization has amplified or muted processes of communalism. It does so through exploring the concurrent histories of communalism and globalization in four South Asian contexts - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - as well as in various diasporic locations, from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Including contributions by some of the most notable scholars working on communalism in South Asia and its diaspora as well as by some challenging new voices, the book encompasses both different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It looks at a range of methodologies in an effort to stimulate new debates on the relationship between communalism and globalization, and is a useful contribution to studies on South Asia and Asian History.
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  • Policy Coherence for Development, by Frank Barry, Michael King and Alan Matthews, 2010.  

  • Globalization and the Nation State 2nd edition by Robert J. Holton, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and IIIS External Research Associate
    Globalization and the Nation State is written by Robert. J. Holton, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin and IIIS External Research Associate. He is a leading historical sociologist and is widely published in the field of globalization. His books include the successful titles Globalization and the Nation-State, (first edition 1998), Making Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Global Networks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). This impressively comprehensive book examines the connections and conflicts that exist between global and national processes, institutions and cultures. Does Globalisation mean the end of nation state? Or are nation states able to respond to processes of global change? Debating and explaning controversial and contested understandings of globalization, the second edition has new content on: hot and timely topics, from human rights and migration to new technologies and environmental sustainability; connections between globalization and global events, including the rise of China, the financial crisis and 9/11 and interdisciplinary insights from sociology, political science and economics. Thought-provoking and easy to follow, this text will give students across the social sciences a thorough understanding of the history, theories and debates of globalization
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Last updated 9 December 2013 by IIIS (Email).