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Elizabeth DeBoer-Ashworth

Elizabeth DeBoer-Ashworth

Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL  A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone:  (709) 864-7413
Email:  edeboerashwo[at]mun[dot]ca 

BA Hons, MA (Dalhousie University), PhD (University of Limerick)

Research Interests
Theories of International Political Economy, European integration, EU agricultural policy, Irish Politics, Canada-US trade relations

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
2010 Research and Writing in Political Science

Dr. DeBoer-Ashworth’s last position was as the Assistant Director of the School of Business and Government and University College Cork. She has done considerable work on European integration and European agricultural policy. Having spent 16 years in Ireland she has also published both academic and consultancy reports on Irish politics. In addition to her academic career, Dr. DeBoer-Ashworth has also worked as a Policy Analyst for the Province of Nova Scotia and a Research Analyst for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.

Select Publications


DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, The Global Political Economy and Post-1989 change, The Place of the Central European Transition, Houndsmills, UK: Macmillan Press, 2000.


DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Ireland in the Global Economy”, in Political Issues in Ireland Today 3rd edition, editor Neil Collina (Manchester University Press, 2004).

DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Asymmetry in Negotiating the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, 1985-1987”, with Gilbert R. Winham, in Power and Negotiation, William Zartman and Jefferey Z. Rubin (eds), Lansing, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000 pp 35-53.


DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Thinking Globally, Suffering Locally: The Effects of International Agricultural Trade Agreements on Ireland”, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol 8, (1997) pp 81-93.

DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Trade Negotiations, Social Charters, and the NAFTA” Ties beyond Trade: Labour and Environment Issues under the NAFTA , Toronto: C.D. Howe Institute, 1993, pp 14-42

DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Trade Negotiations and Social Charters: The Case of the North American Free Trade Agreement”, Canada-US Outlook, Vol 3, No 3, 1992, pp 17-36

DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “Environmental Policy and the European Community”, University Avenues, Vol II, 1991, pp 26-34.


DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, George Blazyca and Ryszard Rapacki, eds., Poland into the New Millennium in Slavic Review Vol 62, No 1, Spring 2003, pp161.

DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth, “North American Free Trade Agreement”, by Michael Hart, in Canadian Public Policy, May 1992.


ASPECT Project, European Regional Development Fund, Interreg II C with the Mid-West Regional Authority. Report conducted on spatial planning issues for development in the Mid-West region. Research conducted for MAC (the National Micro-electronics Applications Centre Ltd), University of Limerick. April 2000.

Kilrush: Strategic Development Report, research conducted for the Small Firms Research Unit, National Centre for Quality Management, University of Limerick. June 2000.

The Successor Problem in Irish Dairy Farming: Inheritance, Change in Land Use and the Decline of Working Farmland, De Boer-Ashworth Report, Volume IV, February 1999. Research was supported by the Golden Vale Postgraduate Bursary.

The Impact of the Central European Enlargement of the EU on the Irish Dairy Industry, De Boer-Ashworth Report, Volume III, February 1998. Research was supported by the Golden Vale Postgraduate Bursary.

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: A User Friendly Guide for Irish Dairy Farmers, De Boer-Ashworth Report, Volume II, January 1997. Research was supported by the Golden Vale Postgraduate Bursary.

Farming Practices and Production Costs: The Profitability of Irish Dairy Farming, De Boer-Ashworth Report, Volume I, November 1996. Research was supported by the Golden Vale Postgraduate Bursary


BBC World Service interview: Interviewed by Norman Smith, the BBC News Parliamentary Correspondent. Interview topic: Ireland in the European Union. Aired on the BBC World Service from April 15-17th, 2000.