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Dr Feargal Cochrane

Formerly at Lancaster University

Feargal Cochrane

PhD supervision

Feargal would particularly welcome applications for PhD research linked to his areas of research specialisation. These include any of the following areas:

-The impact of Diaspora communities on emerging peace processes -including specific case studies of Diaspora populations as agents of peace/violence in the 21st Century.

- The connections between migration and security across a range of conceptual and empirical contexts.

-The impact of globalisation and digital technology on cultural, economic and political practices surrounding migration, security and belonging.

-The political conflict/peace process in Northern Ireland especially in the context of political devolutiuon since 1998.

Research Interests

Feargal Cochrane is Director of the Richardson Institute, a peace and conflict studies research centre within the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. His research interests primarily centre on intra-state conflicts and emerging peace processes within ethnically divided societies. He is particularly interested in political and cultural aspects of Diaspora communities and has recently been conducting research on the Irish-American Diaspora. Beyond the Irish case, He is interested in how Diaspora communities intersect with peace processes and conflict within deeply divided societies and how these groups engage from the outside, with political and cultural processes taking place within their countries of origin.

He is currently working on a single-authored book on 'Security and Migration in the Global Age' which will be published by Routledge in 2012.

In addition to these research interests, He has also published widely on issues relating to the political conflict in Northern Ireland and on 'civil society', especially non-governmental organisations and their capacity to assist conflict prevention and conflict transformation within divided societies.

Research Grants

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2007 £5000 from the Lancaster University Research Committee for a conference to take place on 1-2 May 2008 entitled 'The role of migration in peace and security in the 2st Century: The Lancaster Summit'.

2005: £3000 grant from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University for a workshop entitled 'Civil Society and Conflict Prevention: Patterns and Limitations'

2004: £4000 grant from the Lancaster Universtiy Research Committee for Global Mobility and Diaspora Communities: Irish America, September 11th and the 'War on Terror' project.

2002: £6000 grant from Lancaster University Research Committee for a research project centred on global governance and environmental resources in Madagascar (With Rosaleen Duffy and Prof. Christopher Clapham)

1996/1998 $100,000: Feargal was the principal researcher in Northern Ireland on a grant from the Aspen Institute in Washington, on a project entitled the 'International Study of Peace/Conflict Resolution Organisations (ISPO)'. This study focused on the evolution, roles and impact of NGOs working in the field of conflict resolution in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel/Palestine.

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Current Teaching

He teaches the following courses:

Feargal is the course convenor for the Postgraduate module PPR.419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution.




Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace, (Yale University Press, Forthcoming 2013)

Security and Migration in the Global Age, (Routledge, Forthcoming 2012)

The End of Irish-America? Globalisation and the Irish Diaspora(Irish Academic Press, 2010, 221pp)

Ending Wars, (Polity Press, 2008, 228pp) For further details and ordering see http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745640327

Global Governance, Conflict and Resistance. F. Cochrane, R. Duffy & J. Selby (eds.) (Palgrave November/December 2003, 224pp)

People Power? The role of the voluntary and community sector in the Northern Ireland Conflict. With Seamus Dunn, (Cork University Press, 2002, 194pp).

Unionist Politics and the Politics of Unionism since the Anglo-Irish Agreement, revised 2nd Edition, (Cork University Press, 2001, 445pp).

Unionist Politics and the Politics of Unionism since the Anglo-Irish Agreement. (Cork University Press, 1997, 426pp).

Book Chapters

'Mediating the Diaspora Space: Charting the Changing Nature of Irish-America in the Global Age' in Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas and Networks, P. Mandaville, & T. Lyons (Eds.) Hurst/Columbia University Press, (Forthcoming 2011)

'Stop-Go Democracy: the Peace Process in Northern Ireland Revisisted' in, Democracy, Conflict and Human Security: Volume 2, International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance). (Stockholm, 2007, 78-93).Online: http://www.idea.int/publications/dchs/upload/dchs_vol2_sec3_2.pdf

'Two Cheers for the NGOs: Civil Society and the Good Friday Agreement' in A Farewell to Arms? From Long War to Long Peace in Northern Ireland (2nd Edition) M. Cox, A. Guelke, F. Stephen. (eds.) (Manchester University Press, 2006).

'Bowling Together within a divided community: Global and local understandings of civil society -the case of Northern Ireland' in Democracy and the Role of Associations: Political, Organizational and Social Contexts. S. Roßteutscher (ed.) (Routledge, 2005)

'Issues in Northern Ireland Politics' in Central Debates in British Politics. D. Denver, J. Benyon & J. Fisher, (eds.) (Pearson, 2003)

'Peace and Conflict Resolution Organisations in Northern Ireland'. In, Mobilizing for Peace: the International Study of Peace and Reconciliation Organisations. S. Katz and B. Gidron (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2002)

'Old Extremism or New Moderate Centrism? The 2001 Elections in Northern Ireland' with J. Tonge, in, British Elections and Parties Review L. Bennie, C, Rallings, J, Tonge & J. Fisher (eds.) (Frank Cass, 2002, pp48-63)

'Unsung Heroes? The role of civil society in the Northern Ireland conflict' in Professor John McGarry (ed.), Northern Ireland and the Divided World, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Autumn 2001, 137-156.

'Issues in Northern Ireland Politics'. In Central Debates in British Politics. D. Denver, J. Benyon & J. Fisher, (eds.) (2001, Pearson,)

'The Past in the Present' In, Politics in Northern Ireland. R. Wilford & P. Mitchell, (eds.) (1999, Westview Press, pp.1-28.)

'War and Peace. The evolution of community relations in Northern Ireland' In; Minority Ethnic Groups in Quebec and Northern Ireland M. McAndrew & F. Gagnon (eds.) University of Montrael. (L'Harmattan, 2000, pp.27-45. Published in French)

'"Meddling at the Crossroads": the decline and fall of Terence O'Neill within the Unionist community' in Unionism in Modern Ireland. R. English and G. Walker (eds.) (Macmillan, 1996)

Articles in Refereed Journals

'Home Thoughts from Abroad: Diasporas and Peace-Building in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka' with Bahar Baser & Ashok Swain, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol 32. No.8. August 2009, pp.681-704.

'Irish-America, the End of the IRA's Armed Struggle and the Utility of "Soft Power"' Journal of Peace Research, Vol.44. Issue 2. 2007pp.215-231.

'The End of the Affair: Irish migration, 9/11 and the evolution of Irish-America' Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 13 (2) July 2007 pp.335.366.

'Civil Society Beyond the State: The Impact of Diaspora Communities on Peace Building' Global Media Journal Mediterranean Edition, Fall 2007 2(2) pp.19-29. Accessible online at: http://globalmedia.emu.edu.tr/fall2007/issues/3.%20Cochrane.pdf

'Unsung Heroes or Muddle-headed Peaceniks? A profile and assessment of NGO conflict resolution activity in the Northern Ireland "peace process"', in Irish Studies in International Affairs, 12, Summer 2001, 97-112.

'The 2001 Westminster Election in Northern Ireland', Irish Political Studies, 16, 2001, 179-190.

'Beyond the Political Elites: A comparative analysis of the roles and impacts of community-based NGOs in conflict resolution activity.' Civil Wars, (Vol.3 No.2. Summer 2000, pp.1-22)

'The Ulster Unionist Party during the Peace Process'. Etudes Irlandaises. Le Processus De Paix En Irlande Du Nord (August 1997, No. 22-2 pp.99-116)

'The Isolation of Northern Ireland', Political Studies. (Vol. 43. No.3 Sept. 1995 pp.506-508)

'Any Takers? The Isolation of Northern Ireland'. Political Studies (Vol.42 No.3 Sept. 1994 pp.378-395)

'Progressive or Regressive? The Anglo-Irish Agreement as a Dynamic in the Northern Ireland Polity'. Irish Political Studies (Vol.8 1993 pp.1-20).

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