Transnational Commuting

Project Researcher: Dr. David Ralph, Marie Curie Research Fellow

Funder: EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship

Duration: March 2013 to February 2015

In recent years, as the phenomenon of 'Euro-commuting'grows, it has gained some policy and research attention. Euro-commuters can bedefined as those who live primarily in one European country and work primarily in another. As a group, they raise many questions, chief among them being why choose this as a way of life? Issues around family life also need interrogating. How, for instance, is intimate life negotiated when one of the partners in a couple relationship lives in another European country much of the time? Where children are involved, how does this affect parent-child relations? And what are the consequences for gender relations between heterosexual couples in such households?

This project focuses on the case of Euro-commuter households whose primary centre of interest is the Republic of Ireland, and seeks to answer the above questions. It is being carried out in the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) at University College Cork, and is funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship.

Link to recent project publicity.

For further information, contact:

Dr. David Ralph,


Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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