Dr Michael Breen is an Associate Professor at the School of Law and Government. His research is focused on the study of international political economy, particularly the politics of finance, the role of international organisations in the global economy, and the International Monetary Fund. He is also interested in the political economy of corruption and anti-corruption policies, and is co-director of DCU’s Anti-Corruption Research Centre. His research has been published in many leading journals in the discipline of International Relations, including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations. His most recent book publication is the co-authored, Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969 (Manchester University Press, 2019). His first book, The Politics of IMF Lending, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
He is an External Associate of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick. He is a member of Transparency International’s expert advisory network and UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab. In 2018, he was a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy. From 2016-18, he completed a two-year term as a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s International Affairs Committee. He was Secretary of the Political Studies Association of Ireland and a member of its executive council (2013-5). He designed DCU’s MA in European Law and Policy, and was its first programme chairperson (2017-2019). He was programme chairperson for several other DCU degrees including the MA in International Relations and MA in International Security and Conflict Studies (2012-2017).
He has supervised several PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to completion and welcomes applications from prospective students and researchers interested in international relations, international political economy, and international organisations.