Researchers at UCD


Alun Jones

Professor of Geography

School Of Geog, Planning & Env Policy
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168683


Alun Jones is Professor of Geography and Vice Principal for Research in the College of Human Sciences. From 2007-2010 he was Head of School and also Head of Subject for Geography. Prior to joining UCD in 2007 he was Professor of Human Geography, Head of Department, and Chair of the Social Sciences Research Committee at the University of Leicester (2004-2007), and before that Lecturer, then Associate Professor (Reader) of Human Geography at University College London. He has also held visiting posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bonn. In 1999-2000 he was made a visiting Fellow at St Catherine¿s College University of Oxford, in 2002-2004 he was awarded a senior Leverhulme Research Fellowship, in 2005 he was presented with the Edward Heath Award by the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers for his contribution to research on EU governance, and in 2006 he was made an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in the United Kingdom in recognition of his scholarship on the European Union. In April 2011 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and in October 2011 to the Academia Europaea (European Academy).

Alun Jones' research interests lie in political geography and geopolitics particularly in the context of the European Union, its governance, decision making, and external representation and links with neighbouring states and regions. His Ph.D explored the local politics and effects of reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy in the Languedoc-Roussillon of France. His work on European governance was enhanced through the award of a Robert Schuman scholarship at the European Parliament secretariat (research division) in Luxembourg.

Alun Jones' current research and publications activities focus on five key areas:

1.       Theoretical/conceptualisation of EU decision making melding political science and political geography perspectives.

2.       Political Geography of Europeanization.

3.       Discursive geopolitics of EU projection and the politics of neighbourhood especially in the Mediterranean and Arctic.

4.       Iceland, financial crisis and EUropean membership.

5.       The EU's strategic partnership with emerging powers- India (Book project)

 Professor Jones is the author of numerous books and international peer-reviewed papers on the political geography of European Union governance, Europeanization and the Mediterranean, and rural politics in France and Germany. His work has appeared in leading geography and political science journals including inter alia Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006, 2009, 2012 forthcoming), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2000, 2003, 2008), Geopolitics (2008, 2011) Political Geography (2009, 2011), European Urban and Regional Studies (2011, 2012 forthcoming) and Journal of Common Market Studies (2011). He is currently on the Editorial Board of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. He has held prestigious scholarships and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, Deutsche Akademische Austausdienst (DAAD), British Council and the Institut Francais, as well as research grants totalling in excess of Euros 1.5 million from the European Commission. Professor Jones is on the advisory board of UCD's Dublin European Institute (DEI )and a member of the Geographical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. At UCD Professor Jones lectures on the Political Geographies of European Integration at graduate and undergraduate levels.




Year 1980 Institution: University of Nottingham
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1981 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: University of Leicester
Qualification: PhD Subject:



Jones, A. and Clark JRA ; (2010) The Spatialities of Europeanization: Power, Governance and Territory in 'EU'rope. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge-Cavendish. Available Online [Details]
Jones, A and Clark, JR; (2001) The Modalities of European Union Governance: New Institutionalist Explanations of Agri-Environment Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available Online [Details]
Alun Jones (1995) The European Union: A Guide Through the Maze. London: Kogan page. [Details]
Alun Jones (1994) The New Germany. New York: John Wiley. [Details]

Book Chapters

Jones, A.; (2011) 'Making regions for EU action' In: Jones, A.; (eds). Europe in the World: EU geopolitics and the making of European space. Farnham: Ashgate. , pp.41-59 [Details]
Jones, A.; (2010) ''The Ungrinning Cheshire Cat and the Pond': the EU and the Mediterranean forty years on'' In: Bialasiewicz, L (eds). Europe in the World: EU geopolitics and the transformation of European space. Aldershot: Ashgate. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J.R.; (2007) 'Diversification, networks and rural futures' In: Jones, A. and Clark, J.R.; (eds). Contemporary Rural Futures: Essays in Honour of Richard Munton. London: UCL Press. , pp.168-189 [Details]
Jones, A.; (2003) 'Tunisian relations with the EU: history in five phases' In: Jones, A.; (eds). Tunisian Sabel: Continuity and Change. London: Ashgate. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Jones, Alun and Clark, J (UNDER REVIEW) (2014) '(Under Review) The practice of geopolitics': the big pictures and communicative practices of Icelandic diplomacy'. Geoforum, . [Details]
Jones, Alun and Clark (2014) '(Under Review) From uniqueness to partnership: contemporary geopolitical positionings of Iceland towards ¿EUrope¿'. Tidjschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, . [Details]
Jones, Alun. and Clark, J; (2013) ''A modern day Icelandic saga: political places and negotiating spaces at EUrope's northern frontier''. European Urban and Regional Studies, 20 (1):77-90. [Details]
Giaccaria, P.Bialasiewicz, L., Jones, Alun, Minca, C. (2013) ''Re-scaling 'EU'rope: EU Macroregional Fantasies in the Mediterranean''. European Urban and Regional Studies, 20 (1):59-76. [Details]
Clark JRA and Jones, Alun (2013) ''The great implications of spatialization: grounds for engagement between political geography and political science?''. Geoforum, 45 :305-314. [Details]
Clark J and Jones, A.; (2012) 'After the Collapse: strategic selectivity, state elites and managing EUrope in Iceland'. Political Geography, . [Details]
Jones , A and Clark, J. (2012) 'Practicing Geographical Uniqueness: The Geopolitics of Prenegotiation and Icelandic Accession to the European Union'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, . [DOI] [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J.; (2011) ''Geopolitical behaviours, visions and self-images of 'EU'rope''. Geopolitics, 16 (1):246-252. [Details]
Clark, J and Jones, A. ; (2011) ''Spatialising politics of 'EU'ropean political practice: transacting 'eastness' in the EU''. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29 (2):291-308. [Details]
Clark, J,Jones, A; (2011) ''Telling Stories about Politics': Europeanization and the EU's Council Working Groups'. Journal of Common Market Studies, 49 :341-366. [DOI] [Details]
Jones, A,Clark, J,Cameron, A; (2010) 'The Global Economic Crisis and the Cohesion of Europe'. Eurasian and East European Geography and Economics, 51 :35-51. [DOI] [Details]
Jones, A; (2009) 'Questionable actorness and presence: projecting 'EU'rope in the Mediterranean'. Political Geography, 28 (2):79-90. Available Online [Details]
Clark, J. and Jones, A.; (2009) 'Europeanization and its discontents'. Space and Polity, . [Details]
Mercille, J. and Jones, A.; (2009) ''Practising radical geopolitics: logics of power and the Iranian nuclear crisis''. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, . [Details]
Bialasiewicz, L,Dahlman, C,Apuzzo, GM,Ciuta, F,Jones, A,Rumford, C,Wodak, R,Anderson, J,Ingram, A; (2009) 'Interventions in the new political geographies of the European 'neighborhood''. Political Geography, 28 :79-89. [DOI] [Details]
Clark, J., Jones, A., ; (2008) 'The spatialities of Europeanisation: territory, government and power in 'EUrope''. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33 (3):300-318. [Details]
Jones A., Clark J. (2008) 'Europeanization and discourse building: the European Commission, European narratives and the European neighbourhood policy'. Geopolitics, 13 (3):1-27. Available Online [Details]
Jones, A.; (2006) 'Narrative-based production of State spaces for International Region Building: Europeanization and the Mediteranean'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 96 (2):415-431. [Details]
Jones, A.; (2006) 'Pax Bruxellensis-Pax Mediterranea'. Transatlantic Quarterly, . [Details]
Jones, A.; (2003) 'Power in place: viticultural spatialities of globalization and community empowerment in the Languedoc'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 27 :11-29. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J. (2003) 'From filiere to territoire: changing rural policy in the Languedoc'. Modern and Contemporary France, 11 (3):335-347. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J.; (2002) 'D'accord or Discord?: New Institutionalism, Concordance and the EU's Agriculture Council'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 20 :113-129. [Details]
Clark, J.and Jones, A.; (2001) 'Territorial policies and transformative politics? Agri-environmentalism in the central Spain'. Environment and Planning A, 33 :2049-2070. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark J.; (2000) 'Of Vines and Policy Vignettes: Sectoral Evolution and Institutional Thickness in the Languedoc'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 25 :333-35 7. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J.; (1999) 'The European Parliament: Agenda Territories and Agri-Environment Policymaking'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 17 :127-144. [Details]
Clark, J.R. and Jones, A.; (1999) 'From Policy Insider to Policy Outcast? COPA, European Union Policymaking, and the EU's Agri-environment Regulation'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 17 :637-653. [Details]
Jones, A. and Clark, J.R.; (1998) 'The Agri-environment Regulation: The Role of the European Commission in Policy Shaping and Setting'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 16 :51-68. [Details]
Clark, JR and Jones, A; (1998) ''Agricultural Elites, Agrarian Beliefs, and their Impact on the Evolution of Agri-Environment Policies: an Examination of the British experience''. Environment and Planning A, 30 :2227-2243. Available Online [Details]
Clark, J.R. and Jones, A.; (1997) ''Conceptualising the Evolution of the EU’s Agri-environment Policy: a Discourse Approach''. Environment and Planning A, 29 :1869-1885. [Details]
Jones,A. and Clark, J. (1997) 'New Directions in Rural Policy: a German Perspective'. Built Environment, 23 :229-235. [Details]

Conference Publications

Jones, A.; (2007) Pax Bruxellensis-Pax Mediterranea Irish Geography Conference Trinity College, Dublin, [Details]
Jones, A.; (2006) Pax Bruxellensis-Pax Mediterranea Association of American Geographers Chicago, [Details]

Published Reports

Jones, A. (2014) Furthering the Research impact of UCD: Report of the Beyond Publications Committee. UCD, Dublin. [Details]
Jones, A.; (2002) Innovation, Diversification and European Agricultural Situations, Final Report to the Commission of the European Communities. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]

Monographs:- Peer Reviewed

Jones, A. and Clark, J.R.; (2010) The Spatialities of Europeanization. New York: Monographs:- Peer Reviewed [Details]