Siobhán Airey


Siobhán Airey
Postdocoral Fellow, Irish Research Council Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, University College Dublin, Ireland & the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

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Siobhan Airey


Research Interests

  • Development co-operation
  • Human rights
  • Neoliberalism
  • Foucault


Ph.D. in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
LLM International Human Rights Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Masters in Equality Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland
B Arts in Communications Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland

Siobhán researches and teaches in the area of law and sustainable development, and the international governance of sustainable development. Her current research examines the international governance of Blended Finance (BF) for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. BF is a new financial partnership between an increasing array of public (e.g. international aid donors and development banks) and private financing actors (e.g. charitable/civil society, philanthropic and for-profit sectors), using a complex blend of public and private finance (e.g. grants, equity, debt, mezzanine finance, bonds, guarantees, insurance products and technical assistance). Donor’s international aid is currently leading this change. BF blends very different governance regimes, with as yet unknown impacts and longer-term governance effects on states, private financial actors, people and planet. She is co-convenor of the “New Approaches to International Development Finance (NeFDeF)” research initiative with Dr. Celine Tan from Warwick University.

Her research is currently supported by an Irish Research Council Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship with University College Dublin, Ireland and the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam. She has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute, Florence; the School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australia National University, Canberra; the School of Law, University of Dar es Salaam; and is an alumni of Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy.  Siobhán has published in international and Canadian journals. She has also consulted to and advised public agencies and NGOs on public policy in a range of social inclusion areas including the funding and representation of NGOs working on women’s equality and on community development; the elimination of violence against women, and the integration of immigrants at municipal levels.

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