Interested in research? Thinking of undertaking a PhD? Thinking of a career in academia? Why not consider undertaking a PhD in Maynooth University’s School of Business.

Interested in research? Thinking of undertaking a PhD? Thinking of a career in academia? Why not consider undertaking a PhD in Maynooth University's School of Business. Not for the faint-hearted, a full-time PhD journey takes four years (six years part-time) and is a major intellectual undertaking, involving philosophy, theory and empirical research, focusing on a particular research question within a particular research discipline.  If it is something you are considering, why not consider undertaking a PhD in the School of Business at Maynooth University? The research interests of the School of Business faculty can be found here: My own research interests in the areas of qualitative research, HRM, careers, international mobility Continue reading here [...]

Seminar by Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Cluster, Maynooth University

Maynooth University Visiting Professor of Geography, Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, will be giving a special seminar about her research this Wednesday 25th March at 4pm in the NIRSA/NCG Seminar Room, Maynooth University north campus. All are welcome! ”Try not to recall -- forget, that is the only way you will survive here”: Practices of institutional care & transcultural emotional ties among unaccompanied refugee minors  Unaccompanied refugee youth must confront the gap between institutional care (government agencies and NGOs) and their own existential subjectivities which include a complex of transcultural emotional ties, whether real or imagined. Recent changes to Finnish national immigration law has meant that family reunification is now almost impossible for minors; many unaccompanied Continue reading here [...]

Prof Anja Weiss meeting with Maynooth University Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster

Prof Anja Weiss ( is visiting Maynooth University (as part of the ‘New Deals’ research project) on Tuesday 24th February and will meet with the Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster ( from 10:30-11:30 (venue: NIRSA seminar room, 2nd floor, Iontas Building). 
Her work is wide-ranging, but key areas of interest include skilled migration, (transnational) approaches to social inequalities, and the glocalisation of medical knowledge.

Sabbatical Post – Two Days In

  Landed here in Cyprus two days ago to begin my six month sabbatical. Ryanair got us to Paphos on time as usual and also dispelled the urban myth about their customer service - they were warm as well as effective. When the plane door opened the plane's air was replaced by warm moist and fragrant 28 degree Cypriot atmosphere - kinaesthetic proof to the traveller that you truly have arrived in a different country. Cyprus, despite its recent difficulties, has seen significant investment over the past 10 years and Paphos airport has been a beneficiary. It's slick, functional and you can see why, apart from its strategic location, that it has become one of Ryanair's latest hubs. Passports and bags were quickly administered and we were on our way. The next evidence of prosperity is the road system. Continue reading here [...]

Self-initiated expatriation and migration in the management literature: Present theorizations and future research directions

Dr Marian Crowley-Henry, lecturer in Human Resource Management and International Management in the School of Business at the National University of Ireland Maynooth has recently published an article in Career Development International (Volume 18, Issue 1, pp. 78-96). Marian co-authored the article with an international colleague, Dr Akram Al Ariss, entitled 'Self-initiated expatriation and migration in the management literature: Present theorizations and future research directions'. The paper presents a critical discussion (through a systematic review) on how self-initiated expatriation (SIE) is theorized compared to migration in the management literature. The paper also indicates avenues for future research on SIE, a growing area of research interest on global mobility. To  link to the Continue reading here [...]

Working Abroad Options

As evidenced at the work abroad Expos in Ireland in March 2012, where thousands queued to learn more about work opportunities overseas, migrating overseas for work and career opportunities is an increasingly pertinent option for individuals and families living in Ireland, where the unemployment rate remains very high (14.2% in February 2012). Recent media reports on migration have continued the discussion on lifestyle versus forced migration. The fact is that while some people feel they have to emigrate due to their personal situation in Ireland, others opt to move for a better quality of life or to learn more about the world. Nevertheless, there seems to be positive outlooks for emigrants on the jobs front, but the skills required need to be considered. It may mean re-skilling in order to Continue reading here [...]

International careers of self initiated expatriates and skilled migrants

Globalisation and the current global economic crisis, among other factors, have facilitated that international geographical mobility across all social strata continues to attract research interest. These macro factors impact on the push and/or pull motivations to embark on an international mobility experience, and influence the categorisation of individuals as voluntary or involuntary migrants. However the multi-disciplinarity of the subject (for instance across international HRM, careers, migration, transnationalism, human geography, medicine...) is only recently receiving attention, where learning and research on the subject in a different discipline can enhance knowledge in the management field. The challenges and facilitators to pursuing an international career from a multidisciplinary Continue reading here [...]

Voluntary & Involuntary Migration – a Personal Perspective

The motivations to move from one's home country are variedand individual-specific, ranging from seeking work (employment), to wanting to see theworld (adventure/exploration), to escaping a broken relationship (escapism/newbeginning), and more besides. It is far from uni-dimensional, which poses difficulties in the migration discourse, with some quarters advocating the positive lifestyle opportunities of voluntary migration, and others lamenting the brain drain and misery caused by involuntary migration. I myself lived in Germany and France for almost nine years, having left voluntarily (followed my partner) and remained for lifestyle reasons (we were both living and working abroad during the boom years in Ireland!). We returned to Ireland voluntarilyover six years ago for family reasons. The Continue reading here [...]

Lifestyle and Economic Migration

Recent comments by Minister Michael Noonan regarding lifestyle migration have caused controversy in an Ireland, which, due to current economic problems, once again faces widespread emigration for economic reasons. Minister Noonan's comments related to his personal family experience, with regards to his own children havingemigrated of their own choice, which, in academic research is referred to as'self-initiated expatriation'. My PhD research focused specifically on theidentity and career construction of self initiated expatriates, in my case,those from Western countries that relocated to the South of France whilemaintaining paid employment (that is, did not relocate for retirement purposesor due to financial independence). I have published* on this phenomenom recently,relating it to the Irish Continue reading here [...]