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Head of International Programmes
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International Studies

International Office

Short Description

Dr Gerard McCann graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a PhD in Economics and Social Science having completed a BA (hons) in Politics and an MA in Scholastic Philosophy. He went on to lecture at the Ulster University and while there gained an MEd, a DipEd and PGCHET. He was appointed to St Mary's College, A College of Queen's University Belfast, in 2001 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Head of International Programmes. He is also the Erasmus Coordinator for the College. In 2017, he was awarded a Visiting Professorship to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Apart from dozens of articles and reports, books include the three volume From the Local to the Global, Ireland's Economic History, Theory and History, Issues in Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lustration, Covid-19 in the Global South, and International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development. He was Chair of the Research Committee of the UK Government's Global Learning Programme (GLP) for Northern Ireland and in 2016 was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Irish Government funded Development Studies Association, Ireland (DSAI). He is also on the Board of TEESnet.

In recent years, he has managed a series of Intensive Programmes in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia and the Netherlands, on topics as diverse as intercultural dialogue, HE internationalization, borders and migration. Dr McCann advises several continental universities and NGOs on Brexit and the European Union's international development policy. He has guest lecturing or visiting professorship experience at universities in Rome, Falun, Memphis, Cork, Seattle, Lusaka, Krosno, Kosice, Lisbon, Angers, Copenhagen and Paderborn. He is on the editorial boards of (or advises) Studia Pigoniana, Policy and Practice, The Journal of European Economic History and Nordic Irish Studies.


PhD: Economics and Social Science (Politics) – Queen's University Belfast
MA: Scholastic Philosophy – Queen's University Belfast
MEd: Education – Ulster University
PGCHET: Queen's University Belfast
BA (Honours) in Politics – Queen's University Belfast
DipEd: Professional Development – Ulster University
FHEA: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Community Outreach

Dr McCann was Chair of the Centre for Global Education for seven years and is currently development adviser to Africa House (NI), an African diaspora charity. He was the Treasurer of Ark Housing Association for ten years, a social housing charity in the UK, and Treasurer of Morning Star House, a facility for homeless men with dependency problems. He has submitted evidence or addressed committees in the European and Westminster Parliaments on peace-building, social justice issues and international development. He was recently appointed the international coordinator for a public sector training initiative on safeguarding for the Zambian Police Service, jointly with the University of Zambia.

Current Research


‘Restless, Inpatient, Continued, Hopeful Inquiry’ (2020) in Policy and Practice, volume 29, pp.90-94. ISSN: 1748-135X

‘The Rise and Fall of Associationism’ (2020) Public Policy Studies, volume 3 (27). ISSN: 2391-6389

‘Migration Policy’ (2020) in Kellow, Aynsley, et al. (eds.) Handbook on Business and Public Policy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

COVID-19 in the Global South: Impacts and Responses (2020) with Padraig Carmody, et al. (eds), Bristol University Press, Bristol, pp.1-160. ISBN 978-1529215885

‘African Liberation and the Reaction of the British Establishment’ (2020) in Maguire, Lori (ed.), Modern Representations of Sub-Saharan Africa, Routledge, London. ISBN: 9780367343125

Traffic (Forthcoming) Pegasus, Cambridge.

International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development (2020) with Féilim Ó hAdhmaill (eds.) Policy Press, Bristol, pp.1-279. ISBN: 978-1-4473-4921-1

Theory and History (2020) Routledge Revivals Series, London, pp.1-200. ISBN: 9781138369474.

‘The Development, Conflict and Security Nexus: Development Education as Peace-Building’ (Spring 2019) in Policy and Practice, volume 28, pp.3-13. ISSN: 1748-135X

‘The Ethics of Global Development’, (2019) in Schippers, B. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, Routledge, London, pp.222-236. ISBN: 978-1-4724-7969-3

‘Associationism and the Aspirations of Yaoundé and Lomé’ (2019) Working Papers.

‘Global Learning in a Volatile World’, (Spring 2018) In Policy and Practice, volume 23, pp.1-8. ISSN: 1748-135X

‘Migration and Public Policy in a Fragmenting European Union’, (Spring 2017) in Policy and Practice, volume 21, pp.29-33. ISSN: 1748-135X

‘Post-truth Society and the Case for Europe’ (December 2017), in PRACE, Vol. 74, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Krośnie.

‘Brexit and Northern Ireland’ (June 2017), with Paul Hainsworth, Irish Political Studies, volume 32, number 2, pp. 327-342. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2017.1299135

‘A comparative Review of Policy and Practice for Education for Sustainable Development/Education for Global Citizenship’ (2016), with Phil Bamber, et al., Management in Education, volume 30, number 3, pp. 112-120.

Lustration (2016) Pegasus, Cambridge, pp.1-294. ISBN: 9781784651169

‘A Philosophy of Hope’ (2016) in Niall Coll (ed.) Ireland and Vatican II, Columba Press, Dublin, pp. 83-99.

From the Local to the Global (May 2015), edited book, with Stephen McCloskey, Pluto and Macmillan, London.

‘Protectionism and ‘Economic War’ in Interwar Ireland’ (2014), The Journal of European Economic History, volume XLI, number 3, pp. 39-68. ISSN 0034-6799.

‘The Renewal of Mandates: The 2014 European Elections in Northern Ireland’ (December 2014), with Paul Hainsworth, Irish Political Studies, volume 29, number 4, pp. 590-604. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2014.967764

‘Recasting International Development in a Post-Recessionary World’ (June-July 2014), with S. McCloskey, The European Financial Review, pp.59-61. ISSN: 1757-5680

‘Development Education in a European Context’ (2014) in S. McCloskey (ed.) Development Education in Theory and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp.249-65. ISBN 978-1-137-32465-8

‘The Ideological Sources of Ireland’s Economic Collapse’ (January 2014) SMUCB Research Series.

‘The ‘Celtic Tiger’ in Hindsight’ (2013), Nordic Irish Studies, volume 12, pp.109-26. ISBN: 979-87-91259-15-9.

‘Interview with Gerard McCann’ (30 March 2013) www.politicaleconomy.com

‘Analysing Lived Experience: Resistance to Structural Dominance’, in Peter Leese, Carly McLaughlin and Waldek Witalisz (eds) Migration, Narration, Identity (2013) Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp.21-43. ISBN 978-3-631-62824-9

‘Micro-Development Initiatives and the Potential Role for Higher Education Institutions’ (Spring 2013), Policy and Practice, volume 16, pp.30-52. ISSN: 1748-135X

‘Development Policy and the European Union’ (Winter 2012) in Policy and Practice, volume 15, pp.29-33. ISSN: 1748-135X

Od Lokálneho ku Globálnemu: Kl’účové Problémy Rozvojových Štúdií (2011) Pontis, Bratislava. IBSN 978-80-968229-3-4, pp.1-226.

Ireland’s Economic History: Crisis and Development North and South (2011) Pluto Press, London. ISBN 978-0-7453-3030-3, pp.1-248.

'Moralna ekonomia w dobie kryzysu', (January 2011) ZNAK Miesiecznik, Number 669. ISBN 0044-488X

Issues in Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (2011) edited with Chrispin M. Matenga (University of Zambia) ZAM, Lusaka. ISBN 987-0-9553472-10. pp.1-186.

'The Legacy of Colonialism and the European Union’ (16th December 2010) Annual keynote lecture for the 2010 Scientific Association of Foreign Affairs and book launch - given to the Warsaw School of Economics on 16th December 2010.

Lokalnie-Globaline (2010) a co-edited book, published by the Polish Humanitarian Agency (PAH) and La Monde Diplomatique, ISBN 978-83-929513-5-3, pp.1-282.

Challenging Poverty in Northern Ireland (September 2010) with Dr Niall Coll, Dr Gabrielle Maguire and Prof. Peter Finn, St Vincent de Paul, Belfast, pp.1-60.

‘Ringing the Change: The 2009 European Parliamentary Elections’ (June 2010) with Dr Paul Hainsworth (UUJ), in the Irish Political Studies Journal. Volume 25, Number 2, pp.303-314.

'Exploring the Sociology of Europe’ (March 2010) Review in the Journal of Common Market Studies, 2010, Volume 48, Number 4, p.1149.

'The Policy Context of Citizenship and the European Union's Constitutional Reform', PRACE: Naukowo-Dydaktyczne, No 37, Summer 2009, pp.36-46. ISBN 978-89295-09-1

‘More of the Same - Why the Lisbon Treaty is Potentially Damaging for Developing Countries’, Centre For Global Education, August 2009, e-article.

Globalisation: Policy, Values, Critique (2009) St Mary’s University College/DFID Global Dimension in Education Project publication, pp.112.

‘Global Development and the European Union’ (2008) in Stephen McCloskey, Development Reader: An Introduction to International Development Issues, Centre for Global Education, Belfast, ISSN: 1748-135X, pp.40-57.

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