Posts by Professor James Wickham

James Wickham

Professor James Wickham

James Wickham was Jean Monnet Professor of European Labour Market Studies and Professor in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on employment, transport and migration in Ireland and Europe; he is the author of Gridlock: Dublin’s Transport Crisis and the Future of the City and co-author of New Mobilities in Europe: Polish Migration to Ireland post-2004.  His book Unequal Europe: Social divisions and social cohesion in an old continent analysed the collapse of the European Social Model; his new text book European Societies (Routledge 2020) examines the structures of inequality in contemporary Europe.  He is a former director of TASC. 


Transport policy and social equality

James Wickham 17/11/2015

James Wickham: The National Transport Authority (NTA) has just closed the consultation period for its draft transport strategy for the Greater Dublin …

Why Brexit might be good for Europe – and for social equality

James Wickham 29/10/2015

James Wickham: As the Brexit referendum draws closer, progressive Europeans might start asking: do we really want them anyway? Arguably a Brexit …

Making Dublin the capital of Ireland

James Wickham 02/10/2015

James Wickham: Two opportunities are about to be lost for dramatic improvements to Dublin. There seems to be considerable push-back against Dublin …

Solving the Greek crisis – by making inequality worse?

James Wickham 26/06/2015

James Wickham: It seems the Eurozone finance ministers - and behind them the IMF – are rejecting the last proposals from the Greek government. …

Immigration: wishful thinking by well-meaning people (4 of 4)

James Wickham 10/02/2015

James Wickham: Here the argument is brought to a conclusion, with a full list of references. [Part 1 of these four posts is here] 4. The moral case …

Immigration: wishful thinking by well-meaning people (3 of 4)

James Wickham 09/02/2015

James Wickham: The focus in this post is the debate about the benefits of diversity. [Part 1 of these four posts is here] Problem #8 Not all kinds of …

Immigration: wishful thinking by well-meaning people (2 of 4)

James Wickham 06/02/2015

James Wickham: To continue the analysis, looking at broader demographic and labour market issues. [Part 1 of these four posts is here] Problem #4 The …

Immigration:  wishful thinking by well-meaning people (Part 1)

James Wickham 05/02/2015

In an article last month in the Irish Times (‘Extensive research contradicts the Ukip view of immigration to the UK, Irish Times 16.12.2014) John …

Sowing whirlwinds: European elites get the crisis they deserve

James Wickham 04/12/2011

James Wickham: Europeans are getting fed up with Europe. Everywhere as the crisis deepens and as some experts demand closer European integration …

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