Dr Eamonn O'Kane

Photo Eamonn O'Kane
Role Reader in Conflict Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
Tel. 01902 323536
Email e.okane@wlv.ac.uk
Address MH121, Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD

Areas of expertise

Northern Ireland Politics, Comparative peace processes, Conflict Resolution theory.


Dr O’Kane’s research interests are focused upon the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process; British-Irish relations, and comparative peace processes.  He is the author of the books 'Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland since 1980, The Totality of Relationships' (Routledge, 2007), and (with Paul Dixon) 'Northern Ireland Since 1969' (Longman 2011). He is currently writing a book on the Northern Ireland peace process for Manchester University Press.

He is co-convener of the Political Studies Association’s Irish Politics Group.

Academic qualifications

PhD (University of Wolverhampton)
MSSc Irish Politics (Queen’s University, Belfast)
PGCE (University of Greenwich)
BA (Hons.) Politics (University of Hull)

Teaching interests

  • Thinking About War and Peace
  • Political Ideologies
  • World Politics
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Conflict Resolution in the Modern World

PhD supervision

Dr O’Kane is happy to supervise students in the areas of Northern Ireland politics, British politics, and topics related to conflict resolution.

Professional body membership and roles

  • Political Studies Association, (member) and Co-convenor Irish Politics Group
  • Political Studies Association of Ireland (member)

External academic roles

  • External Examiner University of Huddersfield (2014-present)
  • External Examiner Kingston University (2009-14)

Selected publications

  • 'British Government Policy post 1974: Learning slowly between Sunningdales?’, in C McGrattan and D McCann (eds) Sunningdale and Its Legacy (Manchester University Press, 2016)
  • ‘The IRA Since St Andrews’ submitted May 2016 to British Politics Review Vol.11 (2) 2016
  • ‘Talking to the Enemy? The Role of the Back-Channel in the Development of the Northern Ireland Peace Process’, Contemporary British History,  Vol.29 (3) 2015
  • ‘The Perpetual Peace Process? Examining Northern Ireland's Never-ending, but Fundamentally Altering Peace Process’ Irish Political Studies, vo.24. No.4, December 2013.
  • Northern Ireland Since 1969 with Dr Paul Dixon, (Longman, 2011).
  • British Government and Sovereignty’ in Arthur Aughey and Cathy Gormley-Heenan (eds)  The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Constitutional Concepts in Transition (MUP, 2011)
  • ‘To cajole or compel?  The use of incentives and penalties in Northern Ireland’s peace process’ Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict Vol.4(3) 2011
  •  ‘The Anglo-Irish Agreement and British Sovereignty’ in A Aughey and C Gormley-Heenan (eds) The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Rethinking its Legacy, (MUP, February 2011.
  • ‘Learning from Northern Ireland? The uses and abuses of the Irish model’ BJPIR vol.12, No.2, May 2010,
  • ‘“From Belfast to Baghdad...”: Claims and Contradictions in Discourses of Northern Ireland’s Model for Peace’ in K Hayward and C O’Donnell (eds.) Peace Lines: Political Discourse in Northern Ireland from Conflict to Peace, (Routledge, 2010).
  •  ‘The Impact of Third Party Intervention on Peace Processes: Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka’, in A Edwards and S Bloomer (eds.) Transforming the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: From Terrorism to Democratic Politics, Irish Academic Press, 2008.
  • Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland since 1980. The Totality of Relationships (Routledge, 2007)