Politics and International Relations


Professor Feargal Cochrane is Professor of International Conflict Analysis in the School of Politics and International Relations and is Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC). He joined the University of Kent in September 2012.

He was previously Director of the Richardson Institute, a peace and conflict studies research centre at Lancaster University (2005-2012). Before this he was a Lecturer (1998-2004) & Senior Lecturer (2004-2012) in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. Professor Cochrane has also held academic posts at the Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster (1996-1998) and at Queen’s University Belfast (1994-1995). Professor Cochrane has published widely in the area of political violence and conflict transformation in leading international journals and with prestigious academic publishing houses and has presented his research at numerous conferences and through keynote addresses.

Professor Cochrane is regularly consulted by the media on issues relating to peace and conflict including BBC Radio and Channel 4 News, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor and others.

Contact Information

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Cochrane, F. (2015). The Paradox of Conflict Tourism: The Commodification of War or Conflict Transformation in Practice?. The Brown Journal of World Affairs XXII:51-69.
Cochrane, F. (2013). Not so extraordinary: the democratisation of UK counterinsurgency strategy. Critical Studies on Terrorism [Online] 6:29-49. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2013.765699.
Cochrane, F. (2011). From Transition to Transformation in Ethnonational Conflict: Some Lessons from Northern Ireland. Ethnopolitics [Online] 11:182-203. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2011.602608.
Cochrane, F. (2009). Home Thoughts From Abroad: Diasporas and Peace Building in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism [Online] 32:681-704. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10576100903040716.
Book section
Cochrane, F. (2006). Stop-Go Democracy: The Peace Process in Northern Ireland Revisited. In: Democracy Conflict and Human Security: Further Readings. Stockholm: International IDEA, pp. 78-94.
Haastrup, T. (2015). Mapping Perspectives on the EU As Mediator. GEC/CARC. Available at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/carc/eu-mediation/documents/eu-mediation-workshop-report.pdf.
Cochrane, F. (2013). Northern Ireland The Reluctant Peace. Yale University Press. Available at: http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300178708.
Cochrane, F. (2010). The End of Irish-America? Globalisation and the Irish Diaspora. Irish Academic Press. Available at: http://irishacademicpress.ie/product/the-end-of-irish-america-globalisation-and-the-irish-diaspora/.
Cochrane, F. (2008). Ending Wars. Polity Press. Available at: https://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745640327.
Cochrane, F. (2002). People Power? The Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Northern Ireland Conflict. Cork University Press. Available at: http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/product-p/9781859183021.htm.
Cochrane, F. (2001). Unionist Politics and the Politics of Unionism Since the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Cork University Press. Available at: http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/product-p/9781859182598.htm.
Cochrane, F., Loizides, N. and Bodson, T. (2018). Mediating Power-Sharing: Devolution and Consociationalism in Deeply Divided Societies. [Online]. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351250566.
Cochrane, F. (2015). Migration and Security in the Global Age: Diaspora Communities and Conflict. [Online]. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415587754.
Kirkpatrick, D. (2017). Silencing Dissent: A Comparative Study of Criminalising Political Expression and Conflict Transformation.
Total publications in KAR: 14 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Professor Cochrane’s research interests centre on the dynamics of politically motivated violence and emerging peace processes within ethnically divided societies. He is particularly interested in political and cultural aspects of Diaspora communities and has conducted research on the Irish-American role in the Northern Ireland conflict. Beyond the Irish case, he is interested in how Diaspora communities intersect with peace processes and political violence 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 entitled Security and Migration in the Global Age which will be published by Routledge in 2014.

In addition to these research interests, He has also published extensively on issues relating to the political conflict in Northern Ireland and on civil society initiatives, especially non-governmental organisations and their capacity to assist conflict prevention and conflict transformation within divided societies. His most recent book Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace, was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

Feargal is a member of the governing council of the Conflict Research Society and has acted as an academic consultant for a number of NGOs including International Alert.

Research Supervision

Feargal would 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 political conflict/peace process in Northern Ireland especially in the context of political devolution since 1998.
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