TCD Alumni – Wednesday, March 20 – Prof. Wickham at the Pace Gallery


Wednesday, March 20, 2012


James Wickham
TCD professor of Sociology

In Ireland we still often understand emigration in terms of the coffin ships and the emigrant wake. Yet emigration from Europe today is very different – at its simplest it is the skilled and the better educated who are most likely to emigrate. One way to understand what this involves is to look at the experience of the many young Polish people who came to Ireland during the Celtic Tiger boom; it turns out that they were the pioneers of forms of European emigration that we see now not just in Ireland but in other crisis countries such as Italy.

At Trinity College Dublin, Professor Wickham is the Director of the Employment Research Centre, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Jean Monnet Professor of European Labor Market Studies in the Department of Sociology. His teaching has focused on work and employment in contemporary European society.

In his research he is especially interested in the relationship between employment and different forms of mobility, ranging from migration to business air travel. He has recently completed a study of Polish migrants in the Dublin labour market; his current research project ‘Learning from Poland’ compares Irish graduate emigration to that from Poland in the last decade. Separately he is working on the impact of the Irish financial crisis, especially personal debt, on people’s ability to travel for work and pleasure. He has written many academic journal articles and is the author of ‘Gridlock: Dublin’s Transport Crisis and the Future of the City’; he is co-author of the forthcoming book ‘New Mobilities in Europe: Polish Migration to Ireland post-2004.’

Professor Wickham is a Fellow of Trinity College, holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm 

VENUE: Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
(Note Chelsea Address)
Gallery Introduction by Pace Director Emily-Jane Kirwan (TCD BA and MA, History of Art, Architecture & English Literature) Light refreshments will be served 

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