Ronan Macnamara

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Ronan Macnamara is a PhD student in the Centre for War Studies and a recipient of the Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship. His research focuses on the effects of humanitarian aid on ongoing conflicts. He is specifically interested in humanitarian cash and voucher programmes, and how they can be manipulated by belligerents seeking a steady source of funding for their war efforts. Ronan will use the ongoing conflict in Syria as a case study.

Before joining the CWS, Ronan spent over ten years working for various humanitarian and security organisations in conflict and post-conflict environments around the world. He has worked for UNDP, the OSCE and the UN World Food Programme (among others) in the Balkans, North Africa, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Ronan holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Department in King’s College London, and completed his undergraduate degree in History and Greek & Roman Civilisations in UCD.