Ethno-national conflict; Post-conflict institutions
Dr Dawn Walsh defended her thesis in Politics and International Relations at Dublin City University in April 2014 (external examiner Prof Brendan O’Leary). She is a graduate of Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2007). She also has a M.Phil in International Peace Studies (Distinction) from Trinity College. Dawn was awarded a certificate in International Peacemaking from United Nations Institute for Training and Research in 2008. After a short break from academia which involved periods working in the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and doing voluntary work in Tanzania she joined the DCU doctoral programme.
She conducted her PhD research at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University examining the use of independent commissions in the Northern Ireland peace process. This project used mediation theory to understand the work of these commissions and their role in the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. She was the recipient of the competitive Paddy Moriarty Memorial Fellowship, for the academic year 2010-11. This two-year fellowship is awarded following an internal competition in DCU. Dawn was also an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar (2012/2014) and an Irish Research Council-Marie Curie Elevate post-doctoral fellow. This fellowship involved carrying out research at the University of Birmingham with Prof Stefan Wolff and at DCU with Prof John Doyle. It examined the use of complex power-sharing institutions in post-conflict societies including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Macedonia, Moldova and Burundi. Her research interests also include a wide range of conflict resolutions and post-conflict issues including the creation of innovative institutions to manage conflict, the implementation of peace agreements and the development of political parties in a post-conflict environment.
- Walsh, Dawn, (2015) ‘Northern Ireland and the Independent Parades Commission: delegation and legitimacy’ Irish Political Studies, 30(1), pp.20-40
- Walsh, Dawn (2013) ‘The Irish Government and Decommissioning in Northern Ireland: Exercising Best Practice for External Ethnonational Guarantors?’ Irish Studies in International Affair, 24, pp.311-329
- Walsh, Dawn (2013; with Eoin O’Malley;) ‘Religion and democratization in Northern Ireland: Is religion actually ethnicity in disguise?, Democratization, 20(5)
- Walsh, Dawn (2013) ‘The Irish Government and Decommissioning in Northern Ireland: Exercising Best Practice for External Ethnonational Guarantors?’ Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 23
- Walsh, Dawn and Eoin O’Malley (2012) The Slow Growth of Sinn Féin: From Minor Player to Centre Stage? In Liam Weeks and Alistair Clark (eds.)Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Politics Dublin: The History Press
- Walsh, Dawn (2011) What do Sinn Féin’s gains in the 2011 General Election in the Republic mean for Northern Ireland? In Irish Peace Centres, Issue 4.
- ‘The potential for an opportunity-leadership transformation approach to deliver successful peace, illustrated with reference to the case of Northern Ireland’. PSAI Post-graduate conference, April 2009 at UCC
- ‘Small Wars – The British government and the IRA, policy adaptation or policy learning?’ The Clinton Institute, UCD, May 2011.
- ‘The Good Friday Agreement: Neo-consociationalism that provides an innovative framework for power-sharing and political cohesion in a transnational self-determination conflict’. The PSAI post-graduate conference, TCD September 2011.
- ‘Split allegiances, soccer and sectarianism: Is the FAI creating soccer sectarianism in Northern Ireland?’ Conference on Sport and Conflict at Liverpool Hope University April 2012.
- ‘International regulation of the implementation of peace agreements: The independent commission on policing in Northern Ireland’. Conference on the international regulation of ethnic conflict’. Sabanci University, Istanbul, May 2012.
- ‘Mediation and decommissioning in Northern Ireland’. PSAI Conference, October 2012.
- ‘The Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland’ Location: UCD, Dublin; Event Date: Jun 3, 2013; Organization: Managing Complex Diversity Summer School
- ‘Mediation and Decommissioning in Northern Ireland’; Organization: PSAI conference; Location: Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Event Date: Oct 2013