National University of Ireland Maynooth, BA
Trinity College Dublin, MPhil
University of Sussex, MSc
University College Dublin, 2012, PhD


My research interest in economic, specifically labor, geography lies in the context of global cities or more specifically newly emerging global cities. In emerging economies, cities become particularly important as engines of economic growth, with service sectors increasingly important for economic development. Geographers describe a new geography of capitalism associated with shift towards a new international division of labor specifically with reference to international migration. Rather than capitalism developing production processes according to geographical regions and cities, jobs within emerging global cities are now divided by gender and nationality. My research in Dublin was based on my interest in emerging global cities, moving research on migrant labour beyond the traditional urban centres such as London, New York and Los Angeles. I am expanding my empirical work to include the urban context of Dubai and also Vancouver. My interdisciplinary background in addition to my broad training in human geography provides me with the capability to present a historical and contemporary approach in my role as an Instructor in Geography. As a teacher and researcher involved in geographical education I am responsive and resourceful in order to respond creatively to the changing nature of global processes and of international education.


GREEN, A., MCPHEE, S., RICKER, B. and TEMENOS, C. 2014 British Columbia in a Global Context (BC Campus Online Textbooks,

MCPHEE, S. 2014 ‘Ireland’s immigration policies (1997–present): Links to global trends of labour division and effects on national labour market structure’ Local Economy 29(6–7), 579–597

MCPHEE, S. and O’BRIEN, J. 2014 ‘Motivation and Methods in Learning Arabic in an AFL Environment’ Arab World English Journal (open access journal 5(4), 14-27


Winter 2018

GEOG121 Geography, Environment and Globalization Sections

Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.

Winter 2018

GEOG122 Geography, Modernity and Globalization Sections

The human geography of the modern world since 1945: global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; reactions to modernization.

Winter 2018

GEOG352 Urbanization in the Global South Sections

Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.

Winter 2018

GEOG498 Geographies of the Middle East Sections

Critical analysis of economic, social, and political development and processes defining the modern Middle East region.