Happy New Year from the GEOFIN research team

Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year for everyone!

GEOFIN research cited in Tribune

The Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis of global inequality. GEOFIN researchers Leonardo Pataccini and Martin Sokol share their views and underline the issues at stake, in a piece written for the Tribune magazine by Laura Fernandez Lopez:


Webinar: European Cities beyond COVID-19

Martin Sokol recently participated in the ‘European Cities beyond COVID-19’ webinar, part of the Inspiring Ideas @Trinity series.

This webinar explores how European cities will adapt to a new working model, the challenges and opportunities for urban development and renewal the last year has brought, and what it means to be a future-focused city. It is moderated by Alan Duffy, CEO & Head of Banking, HSBC Ireland and former President of the Trinity Business Alumni and provides a twin academic and professional perspective on this area of increasing focus. It features Dr  Martin Sokol and Prof Greg Clark, Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries for HSBC.

Watch the webinar here.


New blog post by Martin Sokol: From a pandemic to a global financial meltdown? Preliminary thoughts on the economic consequences of Covid-19

View the blog post here


New blog post by Sara Benceković: Financialisation and sub-national banking geographies in Croatia – introducing my PhD research

View the blog post here


Dr Zsuzsanna Pósfai joins the GEOFIN team

The GEOFIN research team in TCD Geography welcomes Dr Zsuzsanna Pósfai who joins us as a Research Fellow to work on possible financial futures.

Zsuzsanna is one if the founding members of the Periféria Policy and Research Center, an independent Budapest-based organisation working on spatial and housing justice. She has experience in the field of housing activism, of housing policy on the scale of local administrations (both in France and Hungary), as well as in academia. In recent years Zsuzsanna’s research has focused on the mechanisms of investment in the housing market and the over-indebtedness of households. Based on her research she is also working on practical ways to channel investment into affordable housing.

View her full profile here.

Dr Rodrigo Fernandez joins the GEOFIN team

The GEOFIN research team in TCD Geography welcomes Dr Rodrigo Fernandez who joins us as a part-time research fellow to work on the linkages between monetary policy and subordinate financialisation.

Rodrigo is also a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO). Previously he was a postdoc (2011–2013) at the University of Amsterdam and at KU Leuven/University of Leuven (2013-2019). He has published on offshore financial centers, shadow banking, real estate and financialization. His current research focuses on the financialization of non-financial corporations.

View his full profile here.

Dr Leonardo Pataccini joins the GEOFIN team

The GEOFIN research team in TCD Geography welcomes Leonardo Pataccini, who joins us as a Research Fellow to work on the financialisation of banks in the Baltic countries.

Dr Pataccini obtained his PhD in social sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He possesses an interdisciplinary background, combining sociology, international economics, finance and history, and besides his academic expertise, he also has experience as a consultant for international organizations and private firms. Currently, his main research areas are international political economy, political economy of the post-Soviet transition, financialization, and contemporary economic history.


New edited book by Marek Mikuš and Petra Rodik

Congratulations to Marek Mikuš and Petra Rodik, former GEOFIN Research Fellows, on the publication of their new edited book (with a chapter co-authored by Zsuzsanna Pósfai, current GEOFIN Research Fellow):

Households and Financialisation in Europe: Mapping Variegated Patterns in Semi-peripheries (London: Routledge, 2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003028857

New book by Petra Rodik

Congratulations to Dr Petra Rodik, former GEOFIN Research Fellow, on the publication of her new book:

(Pre)zaduženi: Društveni aspekti zaduženosti kućanstava u Hrvatskoj / (Over)indebted: Social Aspects of Household Indebtedness in Croatia (Zagreb: Naklada Jesenski i Turk, 2019).