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Padraig Carmody
Associate Professor/Head of Discipline, Geography


Pádraig Carmody lectures in Development Geography at TCD, from which he holds both a B.A. in Geography and History and M.Sc in Geography. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 1998, where he was a MacArthur Scholar. Subsequently he taught at the University of Vermont, Dublin City University and St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He also worked as a policy and research analyst for the Combat Poverty Agency in 2002-3. He is currently a visiting associate professor in the Department of Geography, Energy and Environmental Management at the University of Johannesburg. His research centres on the political economy of globalization in Africa. He is Chair of the Masters in Development Practice and was lead author on the only successful grant proposal in Europe to the MacArthur Foundation in the first round to get seed funding for the programme. He has consulted for the Office of the President of South Africa, amongst others. He is a former editor of Irish Geography and sits on the boards of Political Geography, African Geographical Review, Politics and Development in Contemporary Africa (Zed Books), Economies and Geoforum, where he was previously editor-in-chief. He is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Transnational Corporations, published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Globalization and Regionalism in Africa in, editor(s)Nic Cheeseman , Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2019, [Padraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2019

Globalisation, Thomas Spears, Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2018, [Padraig Carmody] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2018

James T. Murphy and Pádraig Carmody, Generative urbanization in Africa? A sociotechnical view of Tanzania's urban transition, Urban Geography, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

South Africa in the Global Political Economy: The BRICS's Connection in, editor(s)J. Knight and C. Rogerson. , The Geography of South Africa - Contemporary Changes and New Directions, Springer, 2018, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2018

Pádraig Carmody, "The Geopolitics and Economics of BRICS' Market and Resource Access in Southern Africa: Aiding Development or Creating Dependency?, Journal of Southern African Studies, 43, (5), 2017, p863-877 Journal Article, 2017

States and Development, Douglas Richardson et al. , The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, [Pádraig Carmody] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2017

Pádraig Carmody, Assembling Effective Industrial Policy in Africa: An Agenda for Action, Review of African Political Economy, 44, (152), 2017, p336 - 345 Journal Article, 2017

Murphy, S., Carmody, P., Okawakol, J.,, When rights collide: land grabbing, force and injustice in Uganda, Journal of Peasant Studies, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL URL

Emerging market (southern) corporation in, editor(s)Douglas Richardson et al. , The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, [Pádraig Carmody and Louis Brennan] Book Chapter, 2017

Amir Mohd Anwar and Pádraig Carmody, Bringing Globalisation to the Countryside: The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones in India, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 37, 2016, p121 - 138 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Pádraig Carmody and Francis Owusu, Neoliberalism, Urbanization and Change in Africa: The Political Economy of Heterotopias, Journal of African Development, 18, (1), 2016, p61 - 73 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

The Impact of China and South Africa in Urban Africa in, editor(s)Evelyn Wamboye and Esubalew Tiruneh , Foreign Capital Flows and Economic Development in Africa, Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, [James T. Murphy and Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2016

Pádraig Carmody, The New Scramble for Africa, 2nd, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2016 Book, 2016 URL

Peter Kragelund and Pádraig Carmody, BRICS' impacts on local economic development in the Global South: the case of a tourism town and mining provinces in Zambia, Area Development and Policy, 1, (2), 2016, p218 - 237 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Pádraig Carmody and David Taylor, Globalisation, Land Grabbing and the Present Day Colonial State in Uganda, Journal of Environment and Development, 2016, p1 - 27 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Pádraig Carmody and Peter Kragelund, Who is in Charge? State Power and Agency in Sino-African Relations, Cornell International Law Journal, 49, 2016, p1 - 24 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Ecolonisation and the Creation of Insecurity Regimes: Zimbabwe's Land Reform in Regional Context in, editor(s)Corrado Tornimbeni and Arrighi Palloti , State, Land and Democracy in Southern Africa, Ashgate, 2015, pp169 - 182, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2015

James T. Murphy and Pádraig Carmody, Africa's Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, viii - 249pp Book, 2015

ICT4D and E-Business, International Encyclopaedia of Digital Communication and Society, 2015, [Pádraig Carmody] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2015 DOI

Pádraig Carmody, The World is Bumpy: Power, Uneven Development and the Impact of New ICTs on South African Manufacturing, Human Geography, 7, (1), 2014, p1-16 Journal Article, 2014

Mohammed Amir Anwar, Pádraig Carmody, Bjoern Surborg, Adrian Corcoran, The Diffusion and Impacts of Information and Communication Technology on Tourism in the Western Cape, South Africa, Urban Forum, 2014, p531-545 Journal Article, 2014 URL

James T. Murphy, Pádraig Carmody, Bjoern Surborg, Industrial Transformation or Business as Usual? Information-communication technologies and Africa's Place in the Global Information Economy, Review of African Political Economy, 41, (140), 2014, p264 - 283 Journal Article, 2014

Pádraig Carmody, The Rise of the BRICS in Africa: The Geopolitics of South-South Relations, 1st, London, Zed Books, 2013, 1 - 160pp Book, 2013

Pádraig Carmody, Globalizing Solidarity or Legitimating Accumulation? Brazilian Interests and Strategies in Africa, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 24, 2013, p81-99- Journal Article, 2013

Pádraig Carmody, A Knowledge Economy or an Information Society in Africa: Thintegration and the Mobile Phone Revolution, Information Technology and Development, 19, (1), 2013, p24-39 Journal Article, 2013

Pádraig Carmody, Another BRIC in the Wall? South Africa's Developmental Impact and Contradictory Rise in Africa and Beyond, European Journal of Development Research, 24, (2), 2012, p223 - 241 Journal Article, 2012

Pádraig Carmody, A Global Enclosure: The Geo-Logics of Indian Agro-Investments in Africa, Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Pádraig Carmody, Godfrey Hampwaye and Enock Sakala, Globalisation and the Rise of the State? Chinese Geogovernance in Zambia, New Political Economy, 17, (2), 2012, p209 - 230 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Pádraig Carmody, The Informationalization of Poverty in Africa: The Mobile Phone Revolution and Economic Structure, Information Technologies and International Development, 8, (3), 2012, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2012

Pádraig Carmody, The Scramble for Timber and Biofuels in Africa, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, XII, (Number 1), 2011, p125-136 Journal Article, 2011

Pádraig Carmody, The New Scramble for Africa, 2011 Book, 2011 URL

Pádraig Carmody and Ian Taylor, Flexigemony and Force in China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa: Sudan and Zambia Compared, Geopolitics, 15, (3), 2010, p495 - 515 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Pádraig Carmody and Godfrey Hampwaye, Inclusive of Exclusive Globalization? Asian Investment and Zambia's Economy, Africa Today, 56, (3), 2010, p84 - 102 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Anglophone Africa in, editor(s)Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo , Encylopaedia of African Thought, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp23 - 25, [Padraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2010

Peadar Kirby and Pádraig Carmody (eds), The Legacy of Ireland's Economic Expansion: Geographies of the Celtic Tiger, 1st , London and New York, Routledge, 2010 Book, 2010 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Globalisation in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance?, Lynne Rienner, 2010 Book, 2010 URL

Pádraig Carmody, An Asian-Driven Economic Recovery in Africa? The Zambian Case, World Development, 37, (7), 2009, p1197 - 1207 Journal Article, 2009

Labour Market, Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds), International Encylopaedia of Human Geography, 1st, 1, Elsevier, 2009, pp79 - 84, [Pádraig Carmody] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

Pádraig Carmody, Cruciform Sovereignty, Matrix Governance and the Scramble for Africa's Oil: Interpretations from Chad and Sudan, Political Geography, 28, 2009, p353 - 361 Journal Article, 2009

Authoritarianism, Peter M. Stearns, Encyclopaedia of the Modern World, 8th, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2008, [Pádraig Carmody] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2008

Pádraig Carmody, Exploring Africa's Economic Recovery, Geography Compass, January, Vol 2, (1), 2008, p97 - 114 Journal Article, 2008 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Community Development Finance: Potential for Ireland, Journal of Irish Urban Studies, 4-6, 2007, p173 - 178 Journal Article, 2007

Pádraig Carmody and Francis Owusu, Competing Hegemons: Chinese vs. American Geo-Economic Strategies in Africa, Political Geography, 26, (5), 2007, p504 - 524 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Neoliberalism, Civil Society and Security in Africa, 1st , Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2007, 1 - 224pp Book, 2007 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Transforming Globalization and Security, Africa Today, 52, (1), 2005, p97 - 120 Journal Article, 2005 URL

Pádraig Carmody, The Spatial Paradox of Globalisation, Geographical Viewpoint, 31, 2003, p7-17 Journal Article, 2003

Pádraig Carmody and Scott Taylor, Industry and the Urban Sector in Zimbabwe's Political Economy, African Studies Quarterly, 7, (2), 2003 Journal Article, 2003 URL

Pádraig Carmody , Between Globalisation and (Post)Apartheid: The Political Economy of Restructuring in South Africa, Journal of Southern African Studies, 28, (2), 2002, p255-275 Journal Article, 2002

Pádraig Carmody, Tearing the Social Fabric: Neoliberalism, Deindustrialization and the Crisis of Governance in Zimbabwe, 1st, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Heinemann, 2001, 1 - 211pp Book, 2001 URL

Jim Glassman and Pádraig Carmody, Structural Adjustment in East and South-East Asia: Lessons from Latin America, Geoforum, 32, 2001, p79-90 Journal Article, 2001 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Open Sesame! Liberalization and Zimbabwe's Textile Industry, Ngqo! An Economic Bulletin published by the South African National Institute for Economic Policy, 1, (5), 1999 Journal Article, 1999

Pádraig Carmody, Constructing Alternatives to Structural Adjustment in Africa, Review of African Political Economy, (75), 1998, p25-46 Journal Article, 1998

Pádraig Carmody, Neoclassical Practice and the Collapse of Industry in Zimbabwe: the Cases of Textiles, Clothing, and Footwear, Economic Geography, 74, (4), 1998, p319-343 Journal Article, 1998

Building BRICS in Africa? in, editor(s)PB Anand, Flavio Comim, Shailaja Fennell, John Weiss , Oxford Handbook of the BRICS, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter,

Pádraig Carmody, Development Theory and Practice in a Changing World, London, Routledge Book,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Matrix Governance in, editor(s)John Agnew and Mat Coleman , Handbook of Geographies of Power, London, Edward Elgar, 2018, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2018

BRICS' Engagement in Security Related Fields in Africa in, editor(s)G. Hainzl and W. Feichtinger , Transforming Violent Conflict in Africa, Vienna, Institute for Conflict Management and Resolution, National Defence Academy, 2017, pp17 - 28, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2017

"Of Cables, Connections and Control: Africa's Double Dependency in the Information Age" in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, pp240 - 249, [Bjoern Surborg and Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2014

Pádraig Carmody, South Africa - the Odd BRIC out. Fletcher Forum on International Affairs., 2013 Invited Talk, 2013 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Auge e impacto de los BRICS en África, Politica Exterior, XXVII, (154), 2013, p56 - 68 Journal Article, 2013

Pádraig Carmody, Old Wine in New Bottles or Africa's Millennium? e-International Relations. , 2013 Invited Talk, 2013 URL

Pádraig Carmody, The New Scramble for Africa, World Financial Review, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Can the US learn from China for a more balanced and peaceful world?, Human Geography, 5, (3), 2012, p64 - 67 Journal Article, 2012

Thintegration and the Mobile Phone Revolution in Africa in, editor(s)William Moseley , Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Africa Issues, Malden, McGraw Hill, 2011, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2011

Chinese Interests and Strategies in Africa in, editor(s)M. Cintra , The New Configuration of the International Political and Economic System: the Changes Made by China, Brasilia, Institute for Applied Economic Research, 2011, [Pádraig Carmody and Francis Owusu] Book Chapter, 2011

Pádraig Carmody, The Violence of Governance, Review of Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine, by David Nally , Dialogues in Human Geography, 2011 Review, 2011

Pádraig Carmody, Introduction to issue, Atlas: Journal of the Dublin University Geographical Society, 12, 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Aidan Mulkeen, Demis Kunje and Padraig Carmody, Teacher Issues in Malawi, Washington, D.C., Irish Education Trust Fund at the World Bank, 2010 Report, 2010 URL

Neocolonialism in Africa in, editor(s)Alfred Andrea , World History Encylopaedia, Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, 2010, [Padraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2010

India and the "Asian Drivers" in Africa in, editor(s)Emma Mawdsley and Gerard McCann , India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, Oxford, Cape Town and Nairobi, Fahamu, 2010, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2010 URL

Peadar Kirby and Pádraig Carmody, Introduction to special issue on Geographies of the Celtic Tiger, Irish Geograhy, 42, (1), 2009, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2009

Pádraig Carmody and Ian Taylor, Flexigemony and Force in China's Geoeconomic Strategy in Africa, 2009 Working Paper, 2009 URL

Pádraig Carmody and Godfrey Hampwaye, Inclusive or Exclusive Globalisation: Asian Investment and the Zambian Economy, 2009 Working Paper, 2009 URL

Peadar Kirby and Pádraig Carmody, Moving Beyond the Legacies of the Celtic Tiger, 2008 Working Paper, 2008 URL

The Globalization-AIDS-Poverty Syndrome in Africa in, editor(s)Frank Columbus , Current Issues in the Politics and Economics of Africa, Nova, 2008, [Padraig Carmody and Glen Elder] Book Chapter, 2008

Pádraig Carmody, The Geography of Small Nations Journals: Strategies and Scale: Lessons from the Irish Case, Scottish Geographical Journal, 124, (1), 2008, p72 - 77 Journal Article, 2008

Padraig Carmody, Africa Does Not Need Resource Colonialism, 2008, - Miscellaneous, 2008 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Comment on Geography in Transition in Ireland, Irish Geography, 37, (2), 2004, p137-139 Journal Article, 2004

Pádraig Carmody, Continuites and Contradictions in Zimbabwe's Political Economy, Review of Twenty Years of Independence in Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism,, by Staffan Darnolf and Lissa Laakso , H-SAfrica listserv, 2004, p1-8 Review, 2004 URL

Pádraig Carmody, Comment on "The Irish Tax-Benefit System", Journal of the Social and Statistical Inquiry Society of Ireland, 2003 Journal Article, 2003

Pádraig Carmody, Sustaining Progress: A Poverty Assessment, Action on Poverty Today, (2), 2003 Journal Article, 2003

Pádraig Carmody, Foreword to Irish Social Expenditure in Comparative International Context, 2003, - Miscellaneous, 2003

The Liberalization of Underdevelopment or the Criminalization of the State? Contrasting Explanations of Africa's Politico-Economic Crisis under Globalisation in, editor(s)Ikubolojeh Logan , Globalization, the Third World State and Poverty Alleviation in the Twenty-First Century, London, Ashgate,, 2002, [Pádraig Carmody] Book Chapter, 2002

Pádraig Carmody, A New-Socio Economy in Africa: Thintegration and the Mobile Phone Revolution Working Paper, URL

Padraig Carmody, Matrix Governance, Cruciform Sovereignty and the Poverty Regime in Africa Working Paper, URL

Pádraig Carmody, An Informationalized Economy in Africa: The Impacts of ICT on the Wood Products Sector in Durban, South Africa Working Paper, URL

Padraig Carmody, Brics in Africa: Prizes and Pitfalls of Building a New Global Order, - Miscellaneous, URL

Pádraig Carmody, The Informationalization of Poverty in Africa Working Paper, URL

The Impact of China on Urban Africa, in, editor(s)Kristine Bezdecny and Kevin Archer , Handbook of Emerging 21st Century Cities, [James T. Murphy, Pádraig Carmody, Francis Owusu and Richard Grant] Book Chapter,

Pádraig Carmody, Engaging Exploration of the Cruel Politics Behind Paradox of Oil Wealth, Review of Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, by Peter Maass , Irish Times Review, URL

Research Expertise


Economic Restructuring in Africa. Poverty Alleviation. Governance and Civil Society. HIV/AIDS and Globalization


Africa; African Economics; African International Relations; African Politics; Agricultural Economics; Agricultural policy analysis; Anthropogenic Impact on ecosystems; Area & Population Studies/Services; Business Economics, Studies; Chinese Investment in Africa; Comparitive political economy; Conflict/Dispute Resolution; Contemporary social theory; Conversation and discourse analysis; Democracy; Developing/Underdeveloped Nations; Development economics; Development in Africa; Development studies; East (Far East) Asia; Eastern Africa; Ecology and Population; Economic Competitiveness; Economic geography; Economic history, theory; Economic policy making; Economic Stabilization; Economic Studies--Developing Countries; Economic Theory; Economics; Economics of public policy; Economics of Research and Development; Economics of Telecommunications; Economics of the Environment; Environmental planning and sustainable development; Ethiopia; Finance; Foreign direct investment; Gender and work; Genocide; Globalisation; Globalization; History of economic thought; HIV/ AIDS in Africa; Hunger; Imigration policy, Colonial policy, political culture and national identity; Income distribution; Industrial Cooperation; Industrial economics, organisation theory; Industrial Production; Industrial relations; Information technology in education; Information technology, e-commerce; Information technology, Science; Innovation; Innovation and growth; International Affairs; International business; International Economics; International economics, finance, trade and development; International Planning/Policy; International relations theory; International Relations/Diplomacy; International Rights; International Topics; International/Global Development; Internet technologies; Knowledge Based Society; Labor Economics; Labor Market/Unemployment; Labour economics; Macroeconomics; Macroeconomics, open economy, international; Malawi; Microeconomics; Mobile Communications; Non-Aligned/Third World Nations; Political Economics/Economy; Political Economy; Political Geography; Poverty and the Poor; Public Affairs; Regional Economics; Social Movements; Social Organization; Social Stratification/Mobility; Social Structure; Socio economic issues; Socioeconomics; Sociology of development, population society, development; South Africa; Southeast Asia; Southern Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Sustainable Development; Tanzania; Tariff Policy; Terrorism; Trade; Transport economics; Urban and regional economics; Urban economic restructuring, regional planning; Urban Economics; WTO trade negotiations; Zambia; Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)



Visiting Researcher, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester 2010 - 2013

Editor of Irish Geography 2006-9

International Editorial Advisory Board of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial African Issues 2007-2011

E-Inclusion Working Group, Information Society Commission, Department of the Taoiseach. 2002-3.

Reviewer: Africa Task Force at the Inititiave for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Political Geography, Economic Geography, The Professional Geographer, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning D, African Geographical Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Management Research News, Perspectives: The Central European Review of International Affairs, Food and Foodways, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, US National Science Foundation Geography and Regional Science Competition, Palgrave Macmillan (International Political Economy Series), Geography Compass, Polity Press, Review of International Political Economy, Portugeese Science Foundation, Zed Books, Journal of Modern African Studies, Trocaire Development Review, Progress in Development Studies, European Science Foundation, Globalizations, Review of African Political Economy, Information Technology for Development, Security Dialogue, Bloomsbury Press.

Honorary President, TCD Geography Society Oct 2008

Editorial Board: African Geographical Review 2009-

TCD Director, Masters in Development Practice 2009

Executive Committee, Institute for International Integration Studies 2011

Editor-in-Chief, Geoforum 2011

Editorial Board, Political Geography 2010

Steering Committee, Development Studies Association of Ireland 2013

Awards and Honours

Russell B. Adams Scholarship in Economic Geography, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota 1998

Fellow of TCD 2013

2016 Prize Winner of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences

Development Studies Association of Ireland, Robert Chambers Award for the Best Paper Presented at the Annual Conference 2015 2015

Geographical Society of Ireland Book of the Year for "The New Scramble for Africa" 2012

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship, National University of Singapore 2013

Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished Scholar Award in African Geography, Africa Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers. 2018

Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2018

Member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences 2018