Dr Naoise McDonagh

Dr Naoise McDonagh
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Institute for International Trade
 Email naoise.mcdonagh@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1409
 Location Floor/Room 5 ,  Nexus ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

     Dr. Naoise McDonagh researches international political economy, institutional economics, and comparative capitalism, with specialization in the macro evolution of economic systems He has worked in Universities in Europe, New Zealand and Australia (current). Prior to entering academia Naoise served two years in the Irish Defence Forces (2002-2004), and worked in the private sector for five years (2004-2009). He regularly publishes his research in internationally recognized journals, as well as leading policy forums such as the G20’s annual Think 20 policy event. Research in progress analyses the political economy of WTO reform, the rise of geopolitical instability and its effect on trading relationships, 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.

  • Awards & Achievements

    • Shortlisted: 'The University of Adelaide Executive Dean Award for Vision, Service, Culture, External Engagement Award, 2020'


    • Awarded University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2015-2018 (full fees and stipend)


    • Neil Smith Graduate Research Award 2014, National University of Ireland, Galway (top 250 globally ranked University)

    This award was inaugurated at the 45th Conference of Irish Geographers in 2013 to commemorate the late Neil Smith, an internationally recognised political geographer who was the MA programme’s external assessor. The student with best MA thesis receives the award.



    • Short-listed as ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2014 Global Undergraduate Awards



  • Teaching Interests

    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 example 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, University of Auckland Student Evaluation). This statement is reflective of both qualitative and quantative measures of Naoise's teaching evaluations.

    Teaching 2021:

    'Principles of International Trade and Development', Trade 7004, Postgraduate level (Course coordinator).

    'Reserach Methods in International Trade, Trade 7003, Postgraduate level (Course coordinator)

    'International Trade: Negotiations & Agreements, Trade 5000, Postgraduate level (Course contributor)


  • Research Interests

    ·         Political Economy of International Trade

    ·         Institutions, Trade and Development

    ·         Comparative Capitalism and Variation in Development Paths


  • Research Funding

    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

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

    Value: $1000.


    2015    PBRF

    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 Programme

    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



  • Publications

     Journal Articles


    • McDonagh, N., (2020) ‘The Evolution of Bank Bailouts: Two centuries of variation, selection and retention’, Journal of Evolutionary Economics.
    • McDonagh, N., (2020) ‘Is Capitalism Ending? An Institutional-Evolutionary View’, Journal of Economic Issues, 54(3): 667-691.


    • McDonagh, N., (2019) ‘One-Dimensional Times: A Dialectical Response to the Irish Times Coverage of the Global Financial Crisis’, Culture & Organization, 25(1): 32-51.


    • McDonagh, N., (2016) ‘How to Frame a Bank Bailout: Lessons from Ireland during the Global Financial Crisis’, Social Space/Przestrzeń Społeczna, 12(2): 84-112.


    Book Chapters

    • McDonagh, N., (2019) ‘Tales of Austerity, and a Crisis of Wealth Distribution’ in Discourse Analysis and Austerity: Critical Studies from Economics and Linguistics, edited by K., Power, E., Lebduskova and T., Ali. New York: Routledge.


    Book Reviews


    • McDonagh, N., (2017) ‘The FIRE Economy’ by Jane Kelsey, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(4): 119-121.
    • McDonagh, N., (2017) ‘The Long Depression: How it happened, why it happened, and what happens next’ by Michael Roberts, Counterfutures: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa, 3: 189-200.


    • McDonagh, N., (2016) ‘Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand’s Priorities’ by Shamubeel Eaqub and Selena Eaqub. Counterfutures: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa, 1: 167-173.

     Policy Briefs

  • Professional Associations

    • Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE)

    • World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR)

  • Community Engagement






    Media Coverage



    Submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries


    • Lacey, S., McDonagh, N., Humphrey, M., and Draper, P., (2020)  ‘From Recovery to Continued Prosperity: What Lessons from COVID19?’ submitted to Parliamentary Inquiry: Joint Standing Committee on ‘Defence, Foreign Affairs & Trade Inquiry into the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Australia’s foreign affairs, defence and trade’ (August 2020)
    • Draper, P., Mcdonagh, N., and Lacey, S., (2020) ‘Supply Chain Security and Australia in the Context of Resilience, Robustness and Diversification’, Submitted policy brief to a Parliamentary Inquiry: Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth (September 2020)


    Testimony delivered to Parliamentary Inquiry

    • Appearance to give testimony at the public hearing for Parliamentary Inquiry: Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth (30th September 2020)

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