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Research interests

Conflict Management, Democratisation, Political Institutions


Dr Lydia M. Beuman is an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Law and Government. Her research interests are at the intersection of political institutions, conflict management and democratisation.

Dr. Beuman’s post-doctoral project involves a comparative study on the effects of Governments of National Unity on political stability and democratisation. She received her PhD degree from Dublin City University in November 2013 and her doctoral thesis on semi-presidentialism in East Timor was published by Routledge in 2016. Originally from the Netherlands, she holds a BA in Human Geography and a MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She also pursued a doctoral course in Security and Defence studies at the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), Lisbon.

Dr. Lydia M. Beuman writes about politics in Portuguese-speaking countries for the Africa Research Institute, World Politics Review and the academic blog Presidential Power.

Research title

Governments of National Unity and Democratic Stability

Selected Publications



Beuman L.M. (2016) Political institutions in East Timor: Semi-presidentialism and democratisation.

Book Chapters

Beuman, L.M. (2014) ‘Perigo do Semipresidencialismo para a Segurança Nacional: o Caso de Timor-Leste” [The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism for National Security: The Case of East Timor]’ In: FEIJÓ, R. G (eds). O Semipresidencialismo Timorense: Historia, Politica e Desenho Institucional [Timorese Semi-Presidentialism: History, Politics and Institutional Design]. Lisbon: CES/Almedina.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Beuman, L. M. (2016) ‘President-Prime Minister Relations and Democratic Stability: One Decade of Semi-Presidentialism in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste’. TAIWAN JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY, 12 (2):84-104.

Beuman L. M. (2015) ‘Cohabitation in New Post-Conflict Democracies: The Case of Timor-Leste’. Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (3):453-475.

Selected conferences

Beuman, L.M. (2014) President-Prime Minister Relations: One Decade of Semi- Presidentialism in Timor-Leste. [Invited Oral Presentation], Semi-Presidentialism in Europe and Elsewhere, Rome, Italy.

Beuman, L.M. (2012) Cohabitation in New Post-Conflict States: The Case of Timor-Leste. [Invited Oral Presentation], Reordering Power, Shifting Boundaries, AISP/IPSA 22nd World Congress of Political Science, Madrid, Spain.

Beuman, L.M. (2012) O Sistema Semipresidencial e a Estabilidade Democrática em Timor-Leste [Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Stability in East Timor]. [Invited Oral Presentation], VI Congress of the Portuguese Association of Political Science, Lisbon, Portugal.