O Reilly

Primary Department
School of History and Geography
Associate Professor in Geography
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
History & Geography
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Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPD D305b

Academic biography

Gerry O'Reilly is Associate Professor in Geography, and International Coordinator for the School of History and Geography, with research and teaching interests in geopolitics, political, economic and cultural geography, sustainable development and education. Modules include: Geopolitics and Humanitarian Action; Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe and Spaces of Memory. He obtained his PhD from Durham University, MA from the National University of Ireland (University College Cork), HDipEd and BA, Maynooth University. Post-doctoral research was undertaken in political geography and sustainable development at University College Dublin. Before joining SPC - DCU in 1997, Gerry held lectureship and research posts at UCD, and Universities of Durham, Tunis, and Algeria-Annaba, and Visiting Professorship at the Ohio State University, Columbus. Regarding Humanitarian Action and Geopolitics and as Faculty member of ECHO (EU Humanitarian Office) -  sponsored NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action), he was Erasmus Mundus Visiting Fellow at the Western Cape University (2009), Toronto York University (2008) and Columbia University NY (2007).

Gerry is Vice President of EUROGEO - EAG (European Association of Geographers); and International Geographical Union, National Representative for the Commission on Population and Vulnerability. Representative for L'Association Comenius and NETT that operate within the EU LLP/ERASMUS framework. Representative on the National Steering Committee of the CGDE: Centre for Global Development through Education (MI-UL); and CHRCE - Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.
Recent Publications:

(2023) Place Naming, Identities and Geography: Critical Perspectives in a Globalizing and Standardizing World. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-21510-0

Nominated for the GSI (Geographical Society of Ireland) Book Award 2024.

(2020) Places of Memory and Legacies in an Age of Insecurities and Globalization. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-60982-5

(2019) Aligning Geopolitics, Humanitarian Action and Geography in Times of Conflict. https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/aligning-geopolitics-humanitarian-action-and-geography-in-times-/16421612

Research interests

Political and economic geography, 
Cultural geography,
Sustainable development
Regional specialisms:
MENA: Middle East and North Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa & Developing Countries.
Europe / EU / Ireland.