About Ireland after NAMA blog
Ireland after NAMA was established after a one day symposium held in NUI Maynooth, on November 23rd, 2009, entitled ‘Geography after NAMA’. The event, attended mostly by geographers from across Ireland, sought on the one hand to discuss how the financial crisis was playing out at local, regional, national and international scales, and on the other to consider how Geography and social sciences more broadly should respond to the crisis in productive ways.
Ireland after NAMA uses the establishment of the National Assets Management Agency as a symbolic, watershed event in the evolution of the crisis. It therefore does not focus on NAMA per se, though it does provide commentary on the debate, policy and workings of that organisation. Rather it provides an informed analysis of the crisis – its history and its present unfolding – drawing on social science theory and empirical research. In particular, it presents a spatial and scalar reading that acknowledges that how the crisis is playing out is spatially uneven and unequal, affecting parts of the country in different ways, and its grounding in particular communities is the result of processes operating at different scales from the local through to the global; how the crisis is playing out in rural Ireland is quite different to the cities, which is quite different to the commuting belts and the border counties for a variety of reasons.
Over time, our hope is that Ireland after NAMA will become a useful resource of analysis and empirical data for those who wish to understand the tail end of the Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s passage through the present crisis.