Internationalisation, Interculturalism & Social Development

Internationalisation, Interculturalism & Social Development

Curriculum Vitae: Professor Ronaldo Munck

Name:Ronaldo P. Munck
Born:Argentina, 1951 Status: Irish Citizen

Current Post

2004 to date: Head of Civic Engagement, President's Office, Dublin City University. Honorary Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, Adjunct Professor of International Development Studies, St. Mary University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies of Latin America, University of Buenos Aires.

Previous Posts

1996-2004:Professor of Political Sociology, University of Liverpool and Director, Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit

(1998) Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University College Dublin

1994-1996:Professor of Sociology and Head of Department, University of Durban

1988-1994:Reader in Sociology, University of Ulster

(1992)Visiting Professor in Industrial Sociology, University of Cape Town

1984-1988:Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Ulster

1977-1984:Lecturer in Sociology, University of Ulster

1975-1976:Lecturer in Sociology, University of Essex


BA (Hons) Comparative Sociology, University of Essex, 1973

PhD, Political Sociology of Development, University of Essex, 1976


Professional Associations

Global Studies Association

Development Studies Association

International Society for Third Sector Research

International Sociological Association

Sociology Association of Ireland

Society of Latin American Studies

Migration and Development International Network

Editorial Boards


Global Social Policy

Global Discourse

Labor History

Global Labour Journal

Labour, Capital and Society

Latin American Perspectives

Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

External Bodies

Creative Dublin Alliance: Steering Committee

Dublin City Council: Financial Development and Strategic Policy Committee

Ballymun and Whitehall Partnership: Board of Trustees

NorDubCo (North Dublin Development Coalition): Management Board

Centre for Cross-Border Studies: Management Board

Integrating Ireland: Management Board

NCCRI (National Committee on Racism and Interculturalism): Management Board

Development Studies Association: Executive Council Member for Ireland

Development Studies Association of Ireland: Founding Chair

Campus Engage: Founding Chair

CROP (Consortium for Research on Poverty): Scientific Committee

International Panel on Social Progress: Lead Author


Courses taught

Sociology of Development, Sociology of Industry, Classical Sociological Theory, Contemporary Social Theory, Social Research Methods, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, Industrial Sociology, Sociology of Work, Third World Politics, Sociology of Globalisation, Urban Regeneration Issues, The Politics of Globalisation, South Africa in Transformation, Third World Workers, Third World Women, The EU: Socio-economic aspects, Sociology of Contemporary Ireland, Globalisation and Ireland.

Course validation

BSc Sociology, BSc Social Psychology, BA Globalisation and Social Change, BA Politics and Society, MSc Social Research, MA Sociology of Development, MA Globalisation and Social Exclusion, MA Cities, Culture and Regeneration, Structured PhD programme.

Management roles

Head of Department; Dean; Senior Staff Evaluator; Course Director, BA, MA, PhD programme; Postgraduate Studies Director; Chair, Board of Studies; Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee; Chair, Research Committee; Senate, Committee Member; Governing Authority; Chair, Governance Structures Committee; Executive Committee: Member, Interdisciplinary Academic Theme Leader.

External examiner

Course Examiner at: Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Lancaster, School of International Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, Bradford University, University of Liverpool, Cabot College, Rome, University of Florence. PhD Examiner at: Cambridge University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of London, Warwick University, Open University, Sheffield University, Loughborough University, Newcastle University, University of Sussex, University of Leiden, Institute of Social Studies, University of Newcastle, University of Liverpool, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, London School of Economics.


Research Supervision

PhD level research supervision: Unemployment in a Protestant Community; Durkheim and the Troubles; Women and the Labour Process in Northern Ireland; The Discourse of Policing in Northern Ireland; Nationalism in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country; Settler Ideologies in Northern Ireland and South Africa; Protestant Identity in Northern Ireland; Globalisation and Regeneration in Liverpool; Cookie National Identity in Northern India; Civil Society and Conflict Resolution in Central America; Globalisation and the Trade Union Movement; Labour and the Economic Crisis in Argentina; Trade Unions and Migration in Ireland; The Discourse of Citizenship and the Irish Referendum; Trade Unions, Migration and Social Integration in Ireland; Migrants and the New Communication Media; Ireland’s Overseas Development Strategy and Higher Education; Water and Governance in East Africa; Trade Unions and Migration: Ireland in a European Context; Civil Society and Social Transformation in Mozambique, Higher Education and Development Aid in Africa.

Funded Projects

The British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, The Nuffield Foundation, Human Sciences Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Liverpool City Council, Trocaire, The Horizon Fund (EU), ESRC Seminar Series, EU Peace and Reconciliation Fund, EU Corporate Social Responsibility Project, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, EU AGIS framework, EU Science and Society framework, Enterprise Ireland, HEA/Irish Aid Programme of Strategic Co-operation, Water is Life, South African Netherlands Partnership for Development, Commonwealth Universities Association, Swedish Research Council, Erasmus Mundus, Development Studies Association of Ireland: Irish Aid, Campus Engage: Higher Education Authority, Civil society in Mozambique: Irish Embassy.

Research Reports

2014Capturing the Economic and Social Value of the University: A Case Study of DCU, Dublin City University

2012Water is Life: A Social and Spatial Survey, HEA/Irish Aid

2011The Irish African Partnership: Results and Prospects, Dublin, Glasnevin Press

2010Re-Inventing the University: Ten Key Recommendations, DCU/ASU

2009Irish African Partnership: Foresight Report, Dublin, IAP

2008New Communities and Mental Health in Ireland, Cairde/DCU

2008Corporate Social Responsibility and the SME Sector in Ireland, Irish Exporters Association

2007Workplace Equality: Current Practice and Recommendations, ICTU

2006Human Trafficking for the Exploitation of Labour other than the Sex Trade, Anti Slavery

2005International Students and Professionals in Ireland, Integrating Ireland

2004Waste Management in Ireland. A Cross Border Study (Consultant), Maynooth NIRSA.

2003Include: Waste Management and Community Attitudes, Report, GSEU

2001Civil Society and Conflict Resolution in Colombia: a Field Report, Trocaire

2000Dingle Pride: An Evaluation, Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit, Liverpool

1999Neighborhood Images in Liverpool: A Preliminary Report, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

1987Community Care and Mental Health in Northern Ireland, University of Ulster

Research Keynotes

Problems Internationaux de Travail (Montreal), Trade Unionism and Authoritarian Regimes in Argentina and Chile (Amsterdam), Third World Trade Unionism in the Changing International Division of Labour (Ottawa), International Forum on the History of the Labour Movement (Paris), Mutual Aid Societies in Comparative Perspective (Paris), Democratisation in Latin America (Copenhagen), Beyond the Crisis in Development Theory (Nijmejen), The State and Development in the Next Century (The Hague), European Sociological Association Conference (Essex), Labour and Globalisation (Valencia), International Political Studies Assocation (London), Development Studies at the Crossroads (Montreal), International Studies Association (Chicago), International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), European Union Research Association for Latin America (Amsterdam), International Society for Third Sector Research (Bergen), Trade Unions in the 21st Century (Istanbul), Civil Society and Human Security 21st Century (Bangkok), European Consortium for Political Research (Helsinki), Critical development theory for the 21st C (Halifax), Migration and Development Dilemmas (Zacatecas), International Transport Workers Federation Congress (Oslo), Migration and Social Change Cumbre (Omaha), Migration and Development (Quito), European Universities Association Europe/Africa Initiative (Brussels) UNRISD Regional Governance and Civil Society (Geneva), UNESCO/MOST Labour Rights as Human Rights, (Stockholm).


Ronaldo Munck completed his PhD in political sociology at the University of Essex in 1976 under the supervision of Ernesto Laclau. Since then he has developed a broad set of overlapping interests under the general rubric of political sociology and, more recently, the globalisation problematic.

His work on Latin America has been a constant from his first book Politics and Dependency in the Third World: the case of Latin America (1984) which was one of the early developments of the dependency perspective in the area of politics. This was followed by Latin America: The transition to democracy (1989) which promoted a critical engagement with the transition to democracy problematic then in vogue. The successful introductory overview Contemporary Latin America went through three editions (2002, 2007, 2012) and established itself as a key text. This strand of work culminated in Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony and Social Transformation (2013) which brought a Gramscian perspective to bear and sought to provide a critical understanding of current politics from a broad historical perspective.

Munck’s engagement with Irish political sociology was a result of his first academic post at the University of Ulster. This resulted in an overview of Irish history written at one of the most critical phases of the war Ireland: Nation, State and Class Conflict (1985) and was followed by one of the first oral histories Belfast in the Thirties: An Oral History (1987) which examined the republican and labour struggles of another pivotal era. This was followed by one of the first all-Ireland analyses of the economy The Irish Economy: Results and Prospects (1993) which was widely disseminated. More recently, since being based in Dublin, he has engaged with the new migration which resulted in the path-breaking collection edited with Bryan Fanning Globalisation, Migration and Social Change in Ireland: After the Celtic Tiger (2011).

A constant theme is his work has been the sociology of work and labour movements from a broad comparative and global South orientation. An early statement of a new field then emerging was The New International Labour Studies (1988) set the tone for the new comparative labour studies from below. There was also a still influential overview of Argentina’s powerful labour movement Argentina: From Anarchism to Peronism: Workers, unions and politics 1855-1985 (1986). His work with international colleagues who were an active community of practice in the new labour studies resulted in the collection co-edited with Peter Waterman Labour Worldwide in the Era of Globalisation: Alternative Unions Models in the New World Order (1998). This strand of work culminates with the widely cited Labour and Globalisation: the new ‘great transformation’ (2002) which brought to bear the insights of Karl Polanyi on the transformations caused by globalisation.

The impact of globalisation on his work followed a period in South Africa in the mid- 1990s and resulted in a series of texts seeking to go beyond the sociological wisdom of the time with a more critically engaged perspective. This research programme resulted in Globalisation and Social Exclusion: A Transformationalist Perspective (2005) and Globalisation and Contestation: The Great Counter-Movement (2006) both influenced by Karl Polanyi’s double movement thesis and seeking to foreground the importance of agency. This approach was also applied to the issue of migration resulting in Globalisation and Migration: New Conflicts, New Politics (2008) and that of human security in the wide ranging collection co-edited with Honor Fagan Globalisation and Security, 2 vols (2009).

Munck’s more general interest in the area of political sociology and social theory are reflected in The Difficult Dialogue: Marxism and Nationalism (1986) and Marx @ 2000: late Marxist perspectives (2000) which sought to renew Marxism in conversations with post-modernism. His consistent interest in critical development theory resulted in an influential collection co-edited with Denis O’Hearn Critical Development Theory: Contributions to a New Paradigm (1999) and Water and Development: Good Governance after Neoliberalism (2015).

Some of these books have been translated into Arabic, Cantonese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish.

Post – 2000


Marx 2020: Visions for Transformation, London: Zed Books

Sur Global, Desarollo, Trabajo y Cultura, Buenos Aires, Ediciones Fondos Cooperativos.


Water and Development: Good governance after neoliberalism (contributing co- editor), London: Zed Books and CROP

Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony and Social Transformation. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, Revised paperback edition

Repensando América Latina: Desarollo, Hegemonía y Transformaciόn Social, Barcelona: El Viejo Topo.


Labour Rights as Human Rights: Globalisation, Migration and the New Labour Regimes (contributing co-editor), Oxford: Oxford University Press

Higher Education and Community Based Research: Towards a New Paradigm (contributing co-editor) New York: Palgrave Macmillan


Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony and Social Transformation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan


Globalización, Migración y Trabajo en la era neoliberal (Globalization, Migration and Work in the neoliberal era) Barcelona: El Topo Viejo

Contemporary Latin America (third revised edition) London: Palgrave

Higher Education and Civic Engagement: Comparative Perspectives (contributing editor) New York: Palgrave


Globalisation, Migration and Social Change in Ireland: After the Celtic Tiger (contributing editor), London: Ashgate

Re-Inventing the University: Creating a New Vision (contributing editor) Dublin: Glasnevin Press.


Migration, Work and Citizenship in a Global Era (contributing editor), London: Routledge


Globalisation and Conflict Encyclopedia Vol I: Economic and Political Aspects Vol II: Social and Cultural Aspects (contributing editor) New York: Praeger Press (Winner of Choice Book of the year 2009 award)


Globalisation and Migration: New Conflicts, New Politics (contributing editor) London: Routledge


Contemporary Latin America (2nd edition) London: Palgrave, 240p.


Globalisation and Contestation: The Great Counter-Movement London and New York: Routledge, 210p


Globalisation and Social Exclusion: A Transformationalist Perspective New York: Kumarian Press, 190p


Reinventing the City? Liverpool in Comparative Perspective (contributing editor) Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 260p


Labour and Globalisation: Results and Prospects (contributing editor), Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 254p


Contemporary Latin America, London: Palgrave, 190p

Labour and Globalisation: A New Great Transformation? London: Zed Books, 216 p.

Globalisation and Democracy (contributing editor), New York: Sage, 181p.


Cultural Politics in Latin America (contributing editor) London: Macmillan Press, 208p


Marx @ 2000: Late Marxist Perspectives London and New York: Macmillan Press, 195p

Pre 2000


Critical Development Theory: Contributions to a New Paradigm (contributing editor) London: Zed Books, 1999, 217 p.

Neighbourhood images in Liverpool: `It's all down to the people' (with H.Andersen et al), York: York Publishing Services, 1999, 123 p.

Post-modern Insurgency: Political Violence, Identity Formation and Peacemaking in Comparative Perspective (Contributing editor). London: Macmillan Press, 1999, 270p.

Labour Worldwide in the Era of Globalisation: Alternative Union Models in the New World Order (Contributing Editor). London: Macmillan Press, 1998, 269p.

The Irish Economy: Results and Prospects. London: Pluto Press, 1993, 210p.


Politics and Dependency in the Third World: The Case of Latin America. London: Zed Books, 1984, 374p.

Revolutionary Trends in Latin America. Montreal: McGill University Press, 1984, 125p

Ireland: Nation, State and Class Conflict. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1985, 185p.

Argentina: From Anarchism to Peronism. Workers, Unions and Politics in Argentina 1855-1985. London: Zed Books, 1986, 261p.

The Difficult Dialogue: Marxism and Nationalism. London: Zed Books, 1986, 184p.

Belfast in the Thirties: An Oral History (with B Rolston). Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1987, 209p.

The New International Labour Studies: An Introduction. London: Zed Books, 1988, 190p.

Latin America: The Transition to Democracy. London: Zed Books, 1989, 212p.


Post 2000


‘Gramsci, Migrants and Trade Unions: An Irish Case Study’ (with Mary Hyland) in Solidarities Without Borders: Gramscian perspectives on migration and civil society alliances. Edited by Óscar García Agustín & Martin Bak Jørgensen. London: Pluto Press.

‘A sociedade civil somos tudos: New understandings of civil society in a development context’ (with Tanja Kleibl), European Journal of Development Studies.

‘The Precariat: A view from the South’ in C. Schierup (ed) New Global Patterns of Work in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


‘Polanyi for Latin America: Markets, Development and Social Transformation’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, June, No. 3

‘Polanyi y el estudio crítico del desarollo’, Estudios Críticos del Desarollo, Vol 3, No.2

‘Mapping Civil Society in Mozambique: A New Approach’. (with Kleibl) DSA Ireland Working Papers, No. 2


‘Latin America and Social Transformation: New Paradigms’ in S. Mc Closkey (ed) Development Education and the New Development Paradigms, London, Pluto Press

‘Globalisation, Labour and the Polanyi Problem, Or the Issue of Counter-hegemony’ in S. Sen and A. Chakrabarti (eds) Development on Trial: Shrinking Space for the Periphery, Delhi: Orient Black Swan Books

‘Rethinking Latin America: Towards a new paradigm for social transformation’, Latin American Perspectives, Vol 32, No. 1

‘The Great Counter-Movement: Empire, Multitudes, and Social Transformation’ in J. Sen and P. Waterman (eds) World Social Forum: Critical Explorations, London: Into Books

‘Rethinking political economy from Latin America’, Global Discourses, 4,2


‘Foresight/Futures and Development Research: New Perspectives’, Policy and Practice, 16 (Spring)

‘Malvinas: politics, territory and internationalism’, Global Discourse, 3, 1, 151-157

‘The Precariat: A view from the South’, Third World Quarterly, 34,5, 747-762

‘Migration, Regional Integration and Social Movements: Beyond regulation vs rights’ (with M. Hyland), Global Social Policy, 13, 2, 135-154

‘Global Crisis: Global Opportunity? Trade Unions, Migration and Social Transformation’, Global Labour Journal, 4, 3, 236-251

‘Globalisation and the Labour Movement: Challenges and Responses’ in B. Dasgupta (ed) Non-Mainstream Dimensions of Global Political Economy, London: Routledge

Migration, Citizenship and Work: The new problematic.Globalizations, 8, 3, pp249-260.

Beyond North and South: Migration, Informalization and Trade Union Revitalisation. Working USA. The Journal of Labour and Society. 14, 1, pp5-18.