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Professor David Farrell

Professor Farrell is a professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Director of the Institute for British-Irish Studies. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament.  His current research focuses on the role of deliberation in constitutional reform processes. In 2012 he was elected as President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. In 2013 he was elected as Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research. Professor Farrell is founding co-editor of Party Politics.  Prior to his move to Dublin, Professor Farrell was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.   Read More

Dr Melanie Hoewer

Melanie Hoewer is deputy director of IBIS and lecturer in the politics of conflict and conflict resolution in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. She has been involved as academic advisor to the Irish Government’s Consultative Group on Ireland’s National Action Plan on UN Security Council 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Her primary areas of research are comparative ethno-national identity, conflict and settlement processes, women’s rights and gender equality, Latin American politics and Northern Ireland. Her PhD thesis examined gender and identity in peace and conflict processes in Northern Ireland and Chiapas, Mexico. She has since written on intersecting boundary processes in the ethno-national conflict and settlement processes, women, peace and conflict (UNSCR 1325) in Northern Ireland, gender identity and women's rights in Iran and Ireland, approaches to Gender Based Violence in Ireland and the status of women in Ireland. Melanie Hoewer is currently leading a research project financed by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs titled ‘Addressing Cultural Legacies of Conflict. Towards an intercultural and inter-dimensional Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security.’ Read More

Professor Jennifer Todd

Professor Jennifer Todd

Jennifer Todd is a professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. She has researched and published extensively (individually and jointly) on the Northern Ireland conflict, ethnicity and ethnic conflict, and identity and identity and identity change. Her jointly authored Dynamics of Conflict in Northern Ireland (Cambridge 1996) has become a classic in the field. Her recent work has been published inter alia, in Theory and Society, Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, Political Studies, West European Politics, and includes a set of articles on British and Irish elite making of the peace process, and on ordinary people’s perceptions of it. Her recent co-edited book on Ethnicity and Religion: Intersections and Comparisons, was published by Routledge in 2011. She is presently preparing a book manuscript comparing identity formation and change in the two parts of Ireland, and completing a new book on Northern Ireland with Joseph Ruane. Read More

John Coakley

Professor John Coakley

John Coakley is a professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. He is also the founding director and research director of IBIS. He has edited or co-edited: Changing shades of orange and green: redefining the union and the nation in contemporary Ireland (UCD Press, 2002); The territorial management of ethnic conflict (2nd ed., Frank Cass, 2003); From political violence to negotiated settlement: the winding path to peace in twentieth century Ireland (UCD Press, 2004); Politics in the Republic of Ireland (4th ed., Routledge, 2004); and Crossing the Border, New relationships between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2007). Read More

Professor Tom Garvin

Professor Tom Garvin

Tom Garvin is Emeritus Professor of Politics at UCD and an honorary research fellow at IBIS. He has published extensively on Irish politics, and is the author of The evolution of Irish nationalist politics (Gill and Macmillan, 1981), Nationalist revolutionaries in Ireland 1858-1928 (Clarendon Press, 1987) and 1922: the birth of Irish democracy (Gill and Macmillan, 1996). His Preventing the future: why was Ireland so poor for so long? was published by Gill and Macmillan in 2004. Most recently, his biography of Sean Lemass, Judging Lemass, was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2009. Tom is at present finishing a book on newspapers and public opinion in 1950s Ireland. 

Ronan Kennedy

Ronan Kennedy is a PhD student and an IBIS research associate. His research deals with issues of power-sharing and institutional design in post-conflict societies, with a specific focus on the theme of gender based exclusion. in Northern Ireland and Macedonia. He is also conducting research on an Irish Department of Foreign Affairs funded project titled ‘Addressing Cultural Legacies of Conflict. Towards an intercultural and inter-dimensional Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security.’ He holds a BA and an MSc from University College Dublin. 

Dara Gannon

Dara Gannon

Dara Gannon has been the IBIS Manager since 2008. She has a BA in French and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University.