Professor Ronnie Munck obtained his PhD at the University of Essex and is currently Head of Civic Engagement at DCU and visiting professor of international development at the universities of Liverpool and St Mary’ Nova Scotia.
He has authored or edited more than 25 books on various topics related to globalisation, international development and social movements as well as over 150 peer reviewed academic journal articles. Some of his books have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Korean, Turkish Chinese and Japanese. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals including Globalizations, Global Social Policy, Global Labour, Labour History, Global Discourses, Review and Latin American Perspectives. Professor Munck was coordinator of the Irish Aid funded inter-university project the Irish African Partnership for Research Capacity Building and is now Chair of the Irish Aid funded national platform for development studies, the Development Studies Association of Ireland.
Professor Munck has researched widely in the area of community development and environmental issues as well as in the broader areas of globalisation and social exclusion his work focuses on.
Projects he has led include a major study of waste management and community development in Liverpool funded by the Rowntree Foundation and the first all-Ireland study of waste management funded by the EU cross border fund. He has led the social science element of the Irish Aid funded Water is Life inter-disciplinary project resulting in a socio-spatial survey and an academic book to be published by Zed Books on the topic. His work has always engaged closely with the user communities and that has included the EPA, Dublin City Council, Merseyside Local Authority, Water Ministry, Uganda and many others. He is currently completing a new book Water and Development: An Africa Perspective.