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Dr. Martin Sokol
Associate Professor, Geography

Biography

Martin Sokol is an Associate Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Finance, Economy, Society (FES) Research Group. Martin is a founding member and a Secretary of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) . Martin's research focuses on financialisation in East-Central Europe and its implications for social inequality and uneven development in wider Europe.

Martin has an undergraduate degree from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Slovakia and a Master's degree from the University of Grenoble, France. He received his doctorate from Newcastle University, UK. His PhD thesis, undertaken in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), engaged with the 'knowledge economy' and the 'learning region' concepts while focusing on 'institutional thickness' in the UK (Scotland) and East-Central Europe (Slovakia). Since then, Martin was involved in several major research projects, while holding research and teaching posts at University College Dublin (UCD), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL), among others.

Martin is a Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant on new geographies of financialisation - GEOFIN - https://geofinresearch.eu

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lai, K.P.Y., Pan, F., Sokol, M., Wójcik, D., New financial geographies of Asia, Regional Studies, 54, (2), 2020, p143 - 148 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Martin Sokol, Leonardo Pataccini, Winners And Losers In Coronavirus Times: Financialisation, Financial Chains and Emerging Economic Geographies of The Covid-19 Pandemic, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 111, (3), 2020, p401 - 415 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Martin Sokol, Financialisation, financial chains and uneven geographical development: Towards a research agenda, Research in International Business and Finance, 39, (1), 2017, p678 - 685 Journal Article, 2017

Sokol, M.(ed.), Financialisation, financial chains and uneven geographical development in Europe: Towards a research agenda., 13th INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 2015, INFINITI, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 2015 URL

Sokol, M. and Vigne, S., DATABASE : DEBT IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE, 1, Trinity College Dublin, 2015 Dataset, 2015 TARA - Full Text Handle

Sokol, M.(ed.), Where evolutionary-institutional theory of regional economic development meets the post-socialist reality of Central and Eastern Europe: Building Silicon Valleys in Slovakia, In: Nijkamp, P., Kourtit, K., Bucek, M. and O. Hudec (Eds.) 5th Central European Conference in Regional Science Conference Proceedings, Kosice, Slovakia, 2015, Technical University of Kosice, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 2015 URL

Sokol, M., Silicon Valley in Eastern Slovakia? Neoliberalism, Post-Socialism and the Knowledge Economy, Europe - Asia Studies, 65, (7), 2013, p1324-1343 Journal Article, 2013

Sokol, M., Towards a "newer" economic geography? Injecting finance and finacialization into economic geographies, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6, (3), 2013, p501 - 515 Journal Article, 2013 URL URL DOI

Sokol, M. , Silicon Valley in Eastern Slovakia? Neo-liberalism, knowledge economy and post-socialism., Europe-Asia Studies, 65, (7), 2013, p1324 - 1343 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

van Egeraat, C., Sokol, M., Stafford, P., Greater Dublin in the Celtic Tiger Economy: Towards a Polycentric Mega-City Region?, The Polycentric Metropolis: Learning from Mega-City Regions in Europe, 2012, p187-194 Journal Article, 2012

Sokol, M. , Economic Geographies of Globalisation: A Short Introduction., 1, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2011, 198pp Book, 2011 URL

Hoyler, Michael, Kloosterman, Robert C., Sokol, Martin, Polycentric puzzles - Emerging mega-city regions seen through the lens of advanced producer services, Regional Studies, 42, (8), 2008, p1055-1064 Journal Article, 2008

Sokol, Martin, Van Egeraat, Chris, Williams, Brendan, Revisiting the 'informational city': Space of flows, polycentricity and the geography of knowledge-intensive business services in the emerging global city-region of Dublin, Regional Studies, 42, (8), 2008, p1133-1146 Journal Article, 2008

Sokol, M., Van Egeraat, C., Williams, B., Revisiting the 'informational city': Space of flows, polycentricity and the geography of knowledge-intensive business services in the emerging global city-region of Dublin, Regional Studies, 42, (8), 2008, p1133-1146 Journal Article, 2008

Hoyler, M., Kloosterman, R.C., Sokol, M., Polycentric puzzles - Emerging Mega-City Regions seen through the lens of advanced producer services, Regional Studies, 42, (8), 2008, p1055-1064 Journal Article, 2008

Sokol, M., Space of flows, uneven regional development, and the geography of financial services in Ireland, Growth and Change, 38, (2), 2007, p224-259 Journal Article, 2007

Rochovská, A., Blažek, M., Sokol, M., Adding quality to geography: On the importance of qualitative research in human geography | Ako zlepši" kvalitu geografie: O dôležitosti kvalitatívneho výskumu v humánnej geografii, Geograficky Casopis, 59, (4), 2007, p323-358 Journal Article, 2007

Sokol, Martin, Space of flows, uneven regional development, and the geography of financial services in Ireland, Growth and Change, 38, (2), 2007, p224-259 Journal Article, 2007

Convery, F.J., McInerney, D., Sokol, M., Stafford, P., Organizing space in a dynamic economy: Insights for policy from the Irish experience, Built Environment, 32, (2), 2006, p172-183 Journal Article, 2006

Sokol, M., The 'knowledge economy': A critical view, Regional Economies as Knowledge Laboratories, 2005, p216-231 Journal Article, 2005

Sokol, M, Knowledge economy: Issues and challenges, Ekonomicky Casopis, 50, (1), 2002, p85-106 Journal Article, 2002

Sokol, M., Knowledge economy: Issues and challenges | Poznatková ekonomika: Problémy a výzvy, Ekonomicky casopis, 50, (1), 2002, p85-106 Journal Article, 2002

Sokol, M., Central and Eastern Europe a decade after the fall of state-socialism: Regional dimensions of transition processes, Regional Studies, 35, (7), 2001, p645-655 Journal Article, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dal Maso, G. and Sokol, M., Western European Banking Groups in East-Central Europe: A Preliminary Overview, Paper for the 6th FinGeo Global Seminar (Geography, Finance and Uneven Development). Special session: Finance and uneven development in Eastern Europe, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 15-17 May 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Sokol, M., Financial Networks and Urban Networks in the International Division of Labour: A 'Financial Chains' Perspective, Paper for the 6th FinGeo Global Seminar (Geography, Finance and Uneven Development). Special panel session: Financial Networks and Urban Networks in the International Division of Labour, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 15-17 May 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Sokol, M. , Networks of 'Financial Chains': Linking Finance, Geography and Uneven Development, Paper for the 6th FinGeo Global Seminar (Geography, Finance and Uneven Development), Special session: Finance and uneven development in Eastern Europe, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil,, 15-17 May 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Sokol, M., New Spaces of Financialisation: Financial Chains in East-Central Europe. , Fifth FinGeo Global Seminar "European Spaces of Financialization", Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, 28-29 May 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sokol, M. , Financialisation of housing in the European 'semi-periphery': A 'financial chains' approach, Paper for "The financialization of housing in the semi-periphery" Workshop, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary, 20-22 July 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sokol, M., GEOFIN - Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation. , Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), New Orleans, USA, 10-14 April 2018., 2018 Poster, 2018

Dal Maso, G. and Sokol, M. , Western Banks in post-socialist East-Central Europe: Towards new perspectives on financialisation, Paper for the Finance & Society Network "Futures of Finance and Society" Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 6-7 December 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sokol, M., Financial chains and new geographies of financialisation in East-Central Europe, Paper for the Fifth Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG), Specialist session on: Finance and financialisation in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 24-28 July 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sokol, M., Financialising Eastern Europe: A Financial Chains Approach, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2017 (Specialist session: European Financial Geographies in Flux), Boston, USA, 5th -9th April 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sokol, M., New Geographies of Financialisation, Invited guest lecture for the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU International Lecture Series: Space - Society - Economy, Theme: Glocal Transformations), Eichstätt, Germany, 1st February, 2017, 2017, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Invited Talk, 2017

Sokol, M., Western banks in Eastern Europe: New geographies of financialisation (GEOFIN research agenda). GEOFIN Working Paper No. 1., 2017 Working Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Sokol, M., Financial chains: a good idea?, Financial Geography Lab 2017 (Forschungswerkstatt Finanzgeographie), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt, Germany, 9th - 10th November , 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sokol, M., Financial Geography - Financial Chains: New Departures, The 14th INFINITI Conference on International Financ, Dublin, Ireland, 13-14 June 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sokol, M., Beyond Global Financial Networks: Financial Chains and Regional Development, Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2016 , London, UK, 24th -25th November , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sokol, M., From Global Financial Networks to Financial Chains: Some preliminary tho, The 33rd International Geographical Congress (IGC) of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Beijing, China, 21-25 August 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sokol, M., Financialisation, financial chains and uneven geographical development in Europe: Towards a research agenda, The 13th INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Ljubljana, Slovenia , 8-9 June 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Sokol, M., Sustainability and the reconstruction of finance: A sceptical view, The13th INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8-9 June 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Sokol, M., Finance, Post-Socialism and Crisis: Critical Reflections, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, USA, April 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Sokol, M., Can Silicon Valley be replicated in post-socialist Eastern Europe?, CIG Annual Conference , Dublin, Ireland , May 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Research Expertise

Description

Economic geography; Urban and regional development; Geographies of knowledge economies; Post-socialist transformations; Geographies of finance.

Projects

  • Title
    • GEOFIN
  • Summary
    • Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation Web: https://geofinresearch.eu (ERC Grant Agreement No. 683197)
  • Funding Agency
    • ERC
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • Searching for sustainable finance: geographies of financialization and debt in post-socialist East Central Europe (GEOFIN)
  • Summary
    • Aim : The key aim of the project is to develop a new, geographically-informed, theoretical framework for understanding socio-economic change in post-socialist East-Central Europe in the context of financialisation. Objective: To achieve the above aim, the overarching objective is to fuse two distinctive fields of geographical inquiry: the study of geographies of finance and financialization on the one hand, and geographical studies of post-socialist transformations on the other. These two fields of geographical study have contributed a lot to our understanding of two fundamental processes that have reshaped Europe and the world: (1) financialization (i.e. the process of growing role of finance in the economy and society) in the West, and (2) the transformation of economies and societies following the collapse of communism (state-socialism) in the East. However, to date, these two processes have been largely studied in isolation from each other, in geography and other social sciences alike. The key hypothesis of this project is that these two processes are interrelated in a number of ways and that they are mutually constitutive. The project therefore postulates that it is impossible to fully understand socio-economic change in post-socialist Europe without taking into account the implications of financialization; and, likewise, that it is impossible to fully understand the process of financialization without considering the implications stemming from the collapse of state-socialism. It is therefore expected that the project will have impact on both these fields of inquiry. Indeed, while building a new framework for understanding the post-socialist change is a prime concern, it is expected that the project will also feed into the debates on financialization. In doing so, it will contribute to the search of sustainable financial futures in Europe.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland
  • Date From
    • 19/12/2014
  • Date To
    • 20/11/2015
  • Title
    • The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Financial Geographies (FinGeo)
  • Summary
    • This project will allow FinGeo Network to organise the first ever global seminar series in financial geography.
  • Funding Agency
    • Regional Studies Association (RSA)
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2018

Keywords

ECONOMIC-GEOGRAPHY

Recognition

Memberships

Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG)

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Regional Studies Association (RSA)

Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI)

Research network on geographies of finance and post-socialist transformations

Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo)