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  Geographies of finance

   Natural Sciences

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  Dr M Sokol  Applications accepted all year round  Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Project

My research focuses on geographies of finance in Europe, more specifically on geographies of finance and banking in North-West Europe (Ireland) and in East-Central Europe (Slovakia). Ireland is a good laboratory to study finance and my research here looks at it from a number of perspectives. This includes the examination of geographies of domestic banking and the ways in which it has been restructured and transformed in the wake of the on-going financial and economic crisis. Also of interest are the implications of the crisis for Ireland as a location of international financial services, with special emphasis on the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Dublin. The research in Slovakia, meanwhile, examines the ways in which financial services operate in the post-socialist context and the implication this has for social and spatial inequalities. If you are interested in these or similar topics, please see my webpage for a list of publications and further details on my research:

It is expected that a successful applicant will benefit from, and will have an opportunity to play an active role in, the International Research Network on Geographies of Finance (and Post-Socialist Transformations) which the PhD supervisor is co-directing. See more details here:

Funding Notes

Currently I am seeking highly qualified students to apply for funding from the Irish Research Council.

The IRC fund 4-year PhD fellowships which cover a €16,000p.a. stipend, tuition fees and research costs. The IRC is competitive and uses the calibre of the student as one of their main assessment criteria, therefore excellent grades, research experience and publications will improve chances of success. The next deadline for applications is the 28th January 2014, with a start date for the PhD of 1st October 2014. Applications are submitted by the prospective student together with their supervisor.