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Lecturer in Political Economy, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide

Dr. Naoise McDonagh specializes in international political economy, institutional economics, development and comparative capitalism. He has a BA in political science and philosophy, and an MA in international development, both from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Naoise has a PhD degree from the University of Auckland, specializing in institutional economics and the evolution of economic systems.

Naoise’s research has recently examined the factors driving financial crises, the political economy of differential regional and national economic growth, and the institutional underpinnings of successful development. Examples of publication outlets include The Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Routledge’s Frontiers in Political Economy series, Culture and Organization, and the Journal of Economic Issues. Research in progress analyses the political economy of WTO reform and the growing shift to plurilateral trade agreements. Of special concern is the re-emergence of state-led capitalism and the growing role of state-owned enterprises in global trade.

Naoise currently teaches two MA level courses: 'Principles of International Trade and Development" (TRADE 7004) and 'Research Methods in International Trade' (TRADE 7003).

He is also the Policy & Engagement Editor for content production and dissemination of Opinions, Policy Briefs and Working Papers at the Institute for International Trade.


  • –present
    Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Adelaide


  • 2019 
    University of Auckland, PHD in Institutional Economics and Political Economy/School of Sociology