Dr. TYRALA Michael


Author IDs


BA Comenius University, MA Comenius University, MA Central European University, PhD City University of Hong Kong 


Michael Tyrala is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Public and International Affairs of the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie at the intersection between international relations, international political economy, historical macrosociology, development, and increasingly also social psychology. His primary focus is on the historical and contemporary trajectories of the global offshore economy, on the social forces that struggle against it, and on the evolving impacts of these struggles on the structural dynamics that constitute the global capitalist system. His professional experience spans work in the NGO sector, in international organizations and bodies such as NATO, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, as well as in research institutions, most recently the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is coauthor of The Uneven Offshore World: Mauritius, India, and Africa in the Global Economy (Routledge 2022), but his work also appears in journals such as Globalizations, Nature Communications, and PNAS Nexus, and soon also in an edited volume on the social science of the Covid-19 pandemic forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


  • International Organizations
  • Theories and Approaches in Development Studies
  • Theories of Development
  • Poverty and the Politics of Aid
  • Introduction to International Studies Through Film
  • Social Change and Governance Challenges: A Critical Appreciation Through Film

Research Interests/Areas

Discipline: Political Science, International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • World-Systems Analysis
  • Global Offshore Economy
  • Global Tax Governance
Current/Recent Research Projects
  • World-Systems Analysis of Offshore Wealth Extraction
  • Interlocking Network Model and Offshore Wealth Extraction
  • India and China in Global Tax Governance
  • Social Psychology of Climate Action
  • Trust in Science and Science-Related Populism