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Julien Mercille

School of Geography
H014

Tel: 01-716-8382
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Biography

My research focuses on political economy, US foreign policy, media bias, geopolitics, economic crisis, and drug policy, from a critical political economy perspective. I have published extensively on those subjects in peer-reviewed journals, book manuscripts, as well as in the media.

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, The Journal.ie and Broadsheet.ie. I appear on television and radio regularly as an expert on current affairs. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Book of the Year Award
Year: 2016.
Title: Book of the Year Award
Year: 2014.
Title: Book of the Year Award

Associations

Association: World Economics Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association for Heterodox Economics, Function/Role: Member
Association: Union for Radical Political Economics, Function/Role: Member
Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association of American Geographers, Function/Role: Member
           

Education

Year 2007 Institution: University of California, LA
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2003 Institution: University of Kentucky
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1999 Institution: McGill University, PQ, Canada
Qualification: BA Subject:
         

Publications

Books

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

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]
                             

Newspaper Articles

Julien Mercille (2015) Grand Coalition: an Option that Leaves Fianna Fail and Fine Gael Facing a Crucial Strategic Dilemma, Irish Independent, 26 February 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) Portuguese Crisis Has Parallels with Ireland, Sunday Business Post, 8 November 2015. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) Irish media in the dock, Le Monde Diplomatique, September 2015. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) Further Tax Cuts will Worsen Inequality, Sunday Business Post, 29 September 2015. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) Our Coalition of the Willing, Sunday Business Post, 29 November 2015. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) March of the National Front, Sunday Business Post, 27 December 2015. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) What¿s really behind the ¿Failure¿ of the US ¿War on Drugs¿ in Afghanistan?, Open Democracy, 17 March 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) No Way Forward, and No Way Back, Sunday Business Post, 15 May 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) The Irish Murdoch, Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) Majority of Voters Want Change¿But Left Parties must Unify to Benefit, Irish Independent, 2 February 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille (2016) Opportunities Abound in the New Iran, Sunday Business Post, 31 January 2016. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2008) US seeks to create obstacles to resolving Iranian nuclear issue, Irish Times0 26 June 2008. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) Afghans "Sandwiched" between Taliban and US-NATO backed Warlords--Malalai Joya’s "Raising My Voice", GlobalResearch.ca, 22 August 2009. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) UN report misleading on Afghanistan's drug problem, Foreign Policy in Focus and Counterpunch. Foreign Policy in Focus and Counterpunch: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) Interview with Malalai Joya, Foreign Policy in Focus. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) Iranian nuclear crisis, Village Magazine October 2009. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) Warlords still dominate Afghanistan, Village Magazine0 July/August 2009. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2009) Afghanistan-Politics, Security and Drugs. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) New Treaty is a Slow Start, Asia Times Online 15 April 2010. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) Afghan hash at an all-time high, Asia Times Online 20 April 2010. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) Western roots feed Afghan poppy scourge, Asia Times Online. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) Grading the drug war in Afghanistan a decade after: F. Open Democracy. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) International Intervention in Afghanistan Has Led to Heroin Resurgence. Truthout.org. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) The Role Of The Media In Propping Up Ireland's Housing Bubble. Social Europe Journal. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) Austerity Can Kill You--Literally. Truthout.org. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2013) Afghanistan, Garden of Empire. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) The first step to fixing Ireland's alcohol problem? Fight back against the drinks industry. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2015) Climate of fear has spread through rape crisis centres over cutbacks, Irish Times, 30 July 2015. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) For Trinity College Dublin, what's in a name? Sunday Business Post, 13 April 2014. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
     

Video/TV

J. Mercille; (2010) US and NATO's efforts strengthen Afghan drug industry-lecturer, Russia Today TV News. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) Iran nuclear crisis, Press TV News (Tehran, Iran). Video/TV [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) Afghan drugs-global threat, Russia Today TV News. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
J. Mercille; (2010) Sanctions won't affect Iran's nuclear program, Russia Today TV News. Video/TV Available Online [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2011) Tonight with Vincent Browne TV3, Special on President Obama. Video/TV [Details]
Julien Mercille; (2011) Tonight with Vincent Browne TV3, Special on Wikileaks Ireland. Video/TV [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) Tonight with Vincent Browne TV3, On role of the media in the financial crisis. Video/TV [Details]
           

Electronic Publication

Julien Mercille; (2009) Geopolitical briefing on US foreign policy towards Iran. www.ExploringGeopolitics.org: Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]
                                   

Radio Presentation

Julien Mercille; (2009) Newstalk 106-108 FM Dublin: The best and worst US presidents ever. Radio Presentation [Details]
Julien Mercille (2014) Several appearances on RTE Radio 1 to comment on the economy and current affairs. Radio Presentation [Details]
                                               

Research

Research Interests

My research interests fall under the following areas (in no specific order):

1) Critical political economy

2) US foreign policy, especially in the postwar period (post-1945)

3) The current international economic crisis

4) Geopolitics and Geoeconomics

5) The US "War on Drugs" in Afghanistan, Mexico and Latin America

In addition to my academic work, I write for the online and print press, and act as analyst for international television and radio programs on current events and US foreign policy.

 

Recent Postgraduates

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