Lecturer in International Relations

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Pillars: trade and development; leadership and agency

Keywords: European economic governance; gender; expertise and legitimacy; intersectionality


Muireann joined the School of International Relations in September 2020. Her work is situated within feminist political economy, with a particular focus on the European Union. Her work explores the various roles played by race and gender in the construction, normalisation, and legitimation of economic policy. Currently, Muireann is working on research on disintegration and differentiation in European integration, as well as research on the EU’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muireann previously taught at the University of Warwick and University College Dublin, where she completed her PhD in 2017. She has published in leading EU studies and feminist journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies and the European Journal of Politics and Gender. Her first book, Race and Gender in European Economic Governance, will be published by Agenda in 2021.


Brassett, J., Browning, C. and O’Dwyer, M., 2020. ‘EU’ve Got to Be Kidding: Anxiety, Humour and Ontological Security.’ Global Society 1-19.

O’Dwyer, Muireann. 2020 (Forthcoming). ‘A Feminist Perspective on European Economic Governance,’ in Stivachis, Y., Bigo, D., Diez, T. Fanoulis, E. and Rosamond, B. (eds) Routledge Handbook on Critical European Union Studies.

O’Dwyer, Muireann. 2019. ‘Expertise in European Economic Governance: A Feminist Analysis.’ Journal of Contemporary European Research 15(2): 162-178.

O’Dwyer, Muireann. 2018. ‘Making Sense of Austerity: The Gendered Ideas of European Economic Policy.’ Comparative European Studies 16(5): 745-761. Winner of the winner of EIGPE/CEP Early Career Paper Prize.

O’Dwyer, Muireann. 2018. ‘The Intersectional Politics of Bullshit.’ European Journal of Politics and Gender 1(3): 405-420.

O’Dwyer, Muireann and Rosalind Cavaghan. 2018. ‘Economic Governance in 2017: A Recovery for Whom?’ Journal of Common Market Studies 56: 96-108.

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