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Michael Byrne

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice
Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

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Email: michael.byrne@ucd.ie

Biography

Michael is a lecturer in political economy at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. His work is focused on the relationship between the financial system and the built environment as well as the politics of housing. His current work examines social housing finance in Ireland, Denmark and Austria. 

Michael is the co-founder of the Provisional University (provisionaluniversity.wordpress.com) and also participate in the Dublin Tenants Association.

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Michael Byrne and Michelle Norris (2017) 'Pro-cyclical social housing and teh crisis of Irish housing policy: marketization, social housing and the property boom and bust'. Housing Policy Debate, . Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) '¿Asset Price Urbanism¿ and Financialization after the Crisis: Ireland's National Asset Management Agency'. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (1):31-45. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) 'Bad banks and the urban political economy of financialization'. City, 20 (5). Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) 'Bouncing back: the political economy of crisis and recovery at the intersection of commercial real estate and global finance'. Irish Geography, . [Details]
Beswick, J. Alexandri, G. Byrne, M., Fields, D, Hodgkinson, S, Janoshka, M. (2016) 'Speculating on London's housing future The rise of global corporate landlords in ¿post-crisis¿ urban landscapes'. City, . [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) 'Entrepreneurial Urbanism After the Crisis: Ireland's ¿Bad Bank¿ and the Redevelopment of Dublin's Docklands'. Antipode, 48 (4):899-918. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) 'The principle of recognition: the people, state universality and the Good Friday Agreement'. Irish Journal of Sociology, . Available Online [Details]
Michelle Norris and Michael Byrne (2015) 'Asset Price Keynesianism, Regional Imbalances and the Irish and Spanish Housing Booms and Busts'. Built Environment, 41 (2). Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) 'Bad banks: the urban implications of Asset Management Companies'. Urban Research and Practice, 8 (2). Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2014) 'Politics beyond identity: reconsidering the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland'. Identities, 22 (4). Available Online [Details]
Patrick Bresnihan and Michael Byrne (2014) 'Escape into the city: everyday practices of urban commoning and the production of urban space in Dublin'. Antipode, 47 (1). Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Michael Byrne (2016) 'Book review: Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City: Reshaping Dublin' Urban Studies . Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) 'Asset Management Companies and the financialization of urban development: lessons from Ireland and Spain' Progressive Planning Magazine (Winter) . Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2012) 'Book review: Crisis y Revolucion en Europa' Interface 4 (1) . Available Online [Details]
 

Published Reports

Anna Carnegie, Michael Byrne and Michelle Norris (2017) Changing perceptions: stigma and social housing in Ireland. Cluid Housing Association, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Vulture funds: speculation on sovereign debt and real estate. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
Carmel Duggan and Michael Byrne (2013) What Works in the Provision of Higher, Further and Continuing Education, Training and Rehabilitation for Adults with Disabilities?. National Council for Special Education, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
                     

Website article

Michael Byrne (2017) A rental revolution. Website article Available Online [Details]
Byrne, M. (2016) You might want to sit down for this: the Irish rental sector is dysfunctional. Website article Available Online [Details]
Byrne, M. (2016) Certainty in a world gone daft: why we need rent certainty. Website article Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) Understanding the financialization of the city. Website article Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) The Financialization of the City. Website article Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Reinventing urban democracy in Barcelona. Website article Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Ireland's New Transnational Landlords. Website article Available Online [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Michael Byrne (2017) The Residential Tenancies Board is a good idea, flawed in practice. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2017) Organizing tenants in the rentier society. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2017) Perhaps the government doesn't want to fix the rental crisis. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) Housing inequality means eternal renting for some, profits for others. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) How finance is shaping Dublin's ongoing housing crisis. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2016) We are selling off social housing and its madness. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Property developers: dangers of relying on vulture fund recovery. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Could NAMA¿s resources be used to ease homeless crisis?. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Why aren¿t we building more housing in the Docklands?. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Tenants¿ rights are being trampled on, but there¿s a lack of political will to help. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) Opposition to mortgage caps is worryingly short-sighted. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2015) A NAMA solution to Buy-to-Let mortgage crisis must be explored. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne, Patrick Bresnihan (2013) ¿Pop up¿ projects are creative and positive ¿ but can mask deeper social problems. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Michael Byrne (2012) Ireland should renege on ¿30 billion NAMA bonds. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
                                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

My main research interest is the interaction between finance, the state and the built environment and in urban politics more generally. I am currently looking at these issues through two projects. The first began as an IRC Post-Doctoral project in NIRSA (Maynooth University) and looks at the resolution of the financial crisis and its impact on cities. In particular I look at 'bad banks', such as Ireland's NAMA, and the resolution of 'distressed assets' and what this tells us about the relationship between the financial system and the built environment. The second is an ongoing examination of social housing finance, conducted with my colleague Michelle Norris. We are currently examining the impact of the global financial crisis on social housing in three European countries (Ireland, Austria and Denmark). Through this project we aim to inform Irish policy reform as well as contribute theoretically to understanding of how different systems of social housing finance can be more or less resilient to turmoil in the global financial system.