Nicholas Rees is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of International Politics and Contemporary History. He was formerly Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the National College of Ireland (Dublin) and founding Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Limerick (Ireland). His areas of research expertise include international relations, international peacekeeping; regionalism and international security, EU politics and external relations with the USA, Asia-Pacific and Africa. He has led and managed a number of large scale EU funded research and teaching projects, including under FP5, the Jean Monnet Programme, TEMPUS, TACIS and specific EU country programmes. Recent projects have included: European integration and Asia Pacific: models and linkages (European Commission, Jean Monnet Programme), promoting democracy and governance in EU external relations UL seed funding), a comparative study of the implementation of EU regional and environment policies in Ireland, Portugal, Greece and the implications for Poland and Hungary (EU FP5), and integration and disintegration in multi-level systems of governance (EU-Canada Programme in Higher Education, EU Commission). He has acted as referee and reviewer for leading academic journals and publishers, as well as having edited the journal, Irish Political Studies. Key leadership positions have included: President, Political Studies Association of Ireland; member of the executive committee, National Committee for the Study of International Affairs (Royal Irish Academy); member of the Institute of European Affairs. He has a strong record of innovative teaching and international research collaboration with colleagues in Ireland, the UK, USA, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Canada, India, China and Australia. As a researcher he has authored / edited four books, as well as having produced a number of conference proceedings, numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles.
Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland Manchester: Manchester University Press (2009) (co-authors Brid Quinn and Bernadette Connaughton)
EU Enlargement and Multi-Level Governance in Public Policy-Making (eds.) London: Ashgate (May 2006) (co-editors Christos J Paraskevopoulos, LSE and Panagiotis Getimis, Panteoin University)
United Nations Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era London: Routledge (May 2005) (co-author Terry O'Neill)
The Poor Relation: Irish Foreign Policy towards The Third World Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, (1993) (co-authors Michael Holmes and Bernadette Whelan)