The International Integration Theme is centred within the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS).
The research theme addresses the process of globalisation as enacted via flows of capital, ideas, investment, people and trade, the institutions and governance related to those flows and the ongoing integration of markets and states.
International Integration research in Trinity promotes questioning and learning about the many dimensions of global and European integration, its dynamics, impacts and governance. Researchers in this area seek to better understand the causes and consequences of international integration, also known as globalisation, by forging dialogue between the relevant disciplines. It analyses the different layers of globalisation; financial, political, technological, media-based, cultural and religious, and develops frameworks and criteria for solutions to improve the management and outcomes of globalisation processes.
Research in International Integration in Trinity focuses on the following flagship areas:
- Migration – in order to design effective policies on the economic, social and cultural impact of migration
- The Development Challenge – develop insights into understand how international integration affects low-income countries and how issues of global disparities in the development process can be addressed
- International Macro-Economics – understand how the world economy works as a whole and how country specific aggregate (such as unemployment, investments, exchange rate, inflation, etc.) are affected.
- Political & Economic Integration in Europe – examining the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of integration. One key area of research in Trinity examines the EU’s political and legal institutions.
Research Institutes / Centres
The Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), has three flagship research areas:
- International Macro Economics and Multi-level Governance/European Integrationallows us to understand how the world economy works as a whole and how country specific aggregates (such as unemployment, investments, exchange rate, inflation, etc.) are affected. Key areas include the measurement of cross-border financial holdings; the role of international valuation effects in the external adjustment process; the analysis of European monetary union; and the impact of globalisation on Irish macroeconomic policies; fiscal policy in EMU; International trade and competitiveness.
- Migration and emigration are key challenges. In order to design effective policies, sound evidence on the economic, social and cultural impact of migration is needed
- The Development Challenge and how international integration affects low-income countries and how issues of global disparities in the development process can be addressed. Wide disparities in living standards between and within countries are a destabilising force in terms of international security and migration patterns, and global poverty is a substantial human rights violation.