Professor in International Relations
University of Plymouth


Areas of Expertise
Global Governance, International Development, United Nations, International Organizations, Multilateralism, European Union, African Union

Mary Farrell is a Professor in International Relations at the University of Plymouth. She was previously Reader in European and International Politics, and Jean Monnet Chair in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich (London, UK), where she was programme leader for the MA International Relations. She was educated in Ireland, and received her PhD from London School of Economics. She has extensive experience of teaching in universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a particular focus on global governance, development studies, comparative regionalism, and the role of the United Nations in peace and security. Professor Farrell is an international expert on the inter-connection between global and regional governance systems, and is currently working on a research project addressing the place of Africa in the international system. She has published widely on issues relating to international development policy, the role of international organizations in global governance, inter-regional cooperation and Africa-EU relations, and the European Union in the United Nations. She is a participant in several international research projects and networks, and acts as a consultant to the European Commission and national scientific bodies on research funding evaluation and project reviews.

Recent Publications 
Mary Farrell, “Supporting African Regionalism: External Influences and Continental Shaping forces”, in M. Carbone (ed), One Europe, One Africa: Changing Dynamics in EU-Africa relations (2012)

Mary Farrell, “The EU and UN Development Cooperation: Effective Multilateralism for Global Development”, in S. Grimm, D. Gänzle, E. Makhan (eds), The European Union and Global Development: An ‘Enlightened Superpower’ in the Making? (2012).

Mary Farrell, “A Move Toward Hybrid Interregionalism in Asia”, in Söderbaum, F., and Stälgren, P. (eds.) The European Union and the Global South (2010).

Mary Farrell, “From Lome to Economic Partnership Agreements in Africa”, in Söderbaum, F., and Stälgren, P. (eds.) The European Union and the Global South (2010).

Recent ACUNS Activity
ACUNS Board of Directors

Updated July, 2014