Researchers at UCD


Julien Mercille

School of Geography

Tel: 01-716-8382


My current research focuses on health and health care, neoliberalism and privatisation. I have also published on the media, geopolitics and US foreign policy. 

I received my PhD in 2007 from UCLA (Los Angeles, USA) in Geography (geopolitics and US foreign policy). I had previously received an MA from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, USA) in Geography, and a BA from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in International Development Studies and Political Science. 
In addition to my academic writing, I am a columnist for The Sunday Business Post and The I appear on television and radio regularly as an expert on current affairs. 




Year 2007 Institution: University of California, LA
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Year 2003 Institution: University of Kentucky
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Year 1999 Institution: McGill University, PQ, Canada
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Julien Mercille and Enda Murphy (2015) Deepening Neoliberalism, Austerity, and Crisis: Europe's Treasure Ireland. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) The Political Economy and Media Coverage of the European Economic Crisis: The Case of Ireland. London: Routledge. Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2013) Cruel Harvest: US Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade. London: Pluto Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Julien Mercille (2017) 'Irish media coverage of the housing bubble and austerity' In: Emma Heffernan, John McHale, Niamh Moore-Cherry (eds). Debating Austerity in Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) 'The US War on Drugs in Afghanistan: reality or pretext?' In: James Inciardi and Karen McElrath (eds). The American Drug Scene: An Anthology (7th edition). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
J. Mercille; (2012) 'Radical Geopolitics' In: J. Mercille; (eds). Ashgate Companion to Critical Geopolitics. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mercille J. (2018) 'Privatization in the Irish Hospital Sector since 1980'. Journal of public health (Oxford, England), . [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2017) 'Neoliberalism and health care: the case of the Irish nursing home sector'. Critical Public Health, . [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2017) 'Media Coverage of Alcohol Issues: A Critical Political Economy Framework¿A Case Study from Ireland'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (6). [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille and Enda Murphy (2017) 'What is privatization? A political economy framework'. Environment and Planning A, 49 (5):1040-1059. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille and Enda Murphy (2017) 'The Neoliberalization of Irish Higher Education under Austerity'. Critical Sociology, 43 (3):371-387. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille and Enda Murphy (2016) 'Conceptualising European Privatisation Processes After the Great Recession: The Case of Ireland'. Antipode, 48 (3):685-704. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) 'Neoliberalism and the Alcohol Industry in Ireland'. Space and Polity, 20 (1):59-74. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) 'The role of the media in fiscal consolidation programmes: the case of Ireland'. Cambridge Journal Of Economics, 38 :281-300. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) 'The Role of the Media in Sustaining Ireland's Housing Bubble'. New Political Economy, 19 (2):282-301. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) 'The Media-Entertainment Industry and the War on Drugs in Mexico'. Latin American Perspectives, 41 (2):110-129. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) 'European Media Coverage of Argentina's Debt Default and Recovery: Distorting the Lessons for Europe'. Third World Quarterly, 34 (8):1377-1391. [DOI] [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2011) 'Violent Narco-Cartels or US Hegemony? The political economy of the 'war on drugs' in Mexico'. Third World Quarterly, 32 (9):1637-1653. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
J. Mercille; (2011) 'The US War on Drugs in Afghanistan: reality or pretext?'. Critical Asian Studies, 43 (2):285-309. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille J.; (2010) 'The radical geopolitics of the 2003 Iraq War'. GeoJournal, 75 (4):327-337. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille, J.; (2010) 'The war on drugs in Afghanistan: a critical interpretation. (in Italian)'. Eurasia: Rivista di studi Geopolitici, XXI (3):123-144. Available Online [Details]
Mercille J. (with Alun Jones); (2009) 'Practising radical geopolitics: logics of power and the Iranian nuclear crisis'. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99 (5):856-862. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille J.; (2008) 'The radical geopolitics of US foreign policy: geopolitical and geoeconomic logics of power'. Political Geography, 27 (5):570-586. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille J.; (2008) 'Critical Geopolitics and the 1950s Bomber Gap'. Geopolitics, 13 (3):498-518. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille J.; (2008) 'Mind the Gap: Security 'Crises' and the Geopolitics of US Military Spending'. Geopolitics, 13 (1):54-72. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Mercille J.; (2005) 'Media Effects on Image: The Case of Tibet'. Annals of Tourism Research, 32 (4):1039-1055. Available Online [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests


Recent Postgraduates

I have supervised many MA and PhD students working on topics related to my expertise.