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School of Law and Government
Michael Breen
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Dr. Michael Breen is an Associate Professor at the School of Law and Government. His research focuses on international political economy, particularly the politics of international financial institutions and the political economy of corruption.

His research has been published in leading academic journals, including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations. He is the author of The Politics of IMF Lending, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013 and a co-author of Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969 (Manchester University Press, 2019). He is the recipient of awards from the Irish Research Council and the Political Studies Association of Ireland, among others.

He is Co-Director of DCU’s Anti-Corruption Research Centre (ARC) and 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. 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 a board member and then Secretary of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (2013-5). He has managed and developed several academic programmes at DCU, including the MA in European Law and Policy (2017-2019).

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, corruption studies, and international organisations.

Research interests

International Relations; International Political Economy; International Organisations; Corruption Studies
I am currently following two strands of research.

The first is focused on international financial institutions. My aim is to understand their contribution to global economic governance and suggest areas for reform. To advance this aim, I have published several major studies on the IMF’s contribution to global financial stability. I am currently researching how we might use them to design better early warning systems for fighting financial crises. I am also investigating how they are represented in public life, including the media and public opinion.

The second strand is focused on the political economy of corruption. To advance this strand, I co-founded and do-direct DCU’s Anti-Corruption Research Centre (ARC) with Dr. Robert Gillanders of DCU’s Business School. ARC’s mission is to advance knowledge on the causes and consequences of corruption and support the development of new anti-corruption policies and initiatives. To advance this goal, I have completed several new projects on corruption in public life, including the causes and consequences of corruption in the area of water governance natural disasters, regulation, gender, economic reform, and press freedom.