Labour and Geography in Ireland, 2006 Evaluating the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland 2002 - 2020: People, Places and Potential.
PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
This Ph.D. identifies the spatial structures associated with Ireland’s economic
geography through an analysis of travel-to-work patterns. In doing so it applies,
within the Irish context, novel techniques to identify local labour market areas using
data that, heretofore, were unavailable to researchers in Ireland, i.e. detailed spatial
interaction data describing the journey to work. The primary aim of this thesis is to
address a research lacuna concerning labour and labour market areas within the field
of economic geography in Ireland. This research augments our understanding of the
spatial structure of Ireland’s economy through the identification of local labour
market areas and elucidates the geographies of who works where and places these
within an international context. This, in turn, facilitates a detailed evaluation of
Ireland’s ‘National Spatial Strategy 2002 – 2020: People, Places and Potential’
(NSS). The content of this strategy raises fundamental geographic questions
concerning who lives where, where they work and the spatial structure of those
functional areas associated with cities and towns in Ireland. The thesis explores these
issues through the dual conceptual lenses of geographies of labour and labour
In additional to these theoretical considerations, the research is guided by three broad
objectives: a) the identification of local labour market areas, b) to enhance the
effectiveness of spatial policies in Ireland concerned with economic development in
general and those affecting labour processes in particular by critically engaging with
the concept of polycentricity, and c) to empirically evaluate selected spatial concepts
that are central to the NSS.
In addressing these objectives the thesis makes a significant contribution to both
economic geography and spatial planning. It provides a comprehensive evaluation of
the NSS and provides new insights into the geography of local labour market areas in
Ireland, whilst also providing a methodology that overcomes the central criticism of
the technique used in previous studies identifying labour market areas.
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