Research Interests

Global Governance; Cluster Munitions & Small Arms; Neutrality; Civil Society


Dr Diana O’Dwyer conducted her PhD research at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University and defended her thesis in March 2014. She previously graduated from the MA programme on Globalisation at DCU with First Class Honours. After completing her MA, she commenced an internship in the School of Law and Government, researching development education links between NGOs and Third Level Institutions, and was subsequently awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council. She later spent four years lecturing full-time at DCU, while finishing her PhD on a part-time basis. This involved delivering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate models in diverse subject areas, including International Security and Conflict, Global Governance and International Organisations, Globalisation, Ireland and Globalisation, and Global Civil Society.

Since defending her PhD in March 2014, Diana has been developing it into journal articles and has presented papers on different aspects of it at numerous academic conferences. In addition, she has also broadened her research to Gramscian analyses of Irish neutrality and the role of NGOs in other areas, such as housing and women’s rights. This relates to her work since June 2014 as a researcher for the Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance in the Dáil (Irish Parliament). In December 2014, she was appointed Joe Higgins’ researcher for the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

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Recent Publications:

  • O’Dwyer, D., 2014, ‘Banning Cluster Munitions and Legitimising the International System: The Role of the Irish Government and NGOs’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 25, pp. 137-164
  • O’Dwyer, D, 2006 ‘First Landmines, Now Small Arms? The International Campaign to Ban Landmines as a Model for Small Arms Advocacy’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 17, pp.77-97.
  • With Eileen Connolly, ‘Development NGO Third Level Collaboration – a survey of current practice’, 2005. Working Paper, available online at:

Conference Papers

  • ‘Limiting and Legitimising Western Military Power: A Gramscian Analysis of Humanitarian Arms Control Campaigns’, World War I and the Twenty-First Century:  Have we learned anything about Peace-Building?, conference hosted by the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee and the IICRR, Dublin City University, 15th May 2015.
  • ‘Ireland, Neutrality and Legitimising Western Military Power’, 6th Annual Environment, Society & Development Symposium, NUI Galway, 31st March 2015.
  • ‘Internationalising Gramsci’s Concept of the Integral State in a Neoliberal Capitalist Era: NGOs and Outsourcing the State’, Eleventh Annual Historical Materialism London Conference: How Capitalism Survives, 6-9th November 2014.
  • ‘Outsourcing the State to NGOs: A Marxist Feminist Perspective on NGO “Ineffectiveness” and the Neoliberal State’, UCD School of Social Justice Graduate Conference, October 4th 2014.
  • ‘Unintended Consequences? A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of International Civil Society in Banning Landmines and Cluster Munitions – and Legitimising Western Military Power’, Reconceptualising ‘International Intervention’ Conference, Centre for International Intervention, University of Surrey, 30-31st July 2014.
  • ‘Civil Society, States and the NGO Campaigns to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions: A Gramscian Analysis’, British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network Annual  Conference, 17 June 2014.
  • ‘Banning Cluster Munitions: The role of civil society and the Irish government’, Political Studies Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, Dublin City University, 16 May 2014.
  • ‘Banning Landmines and Cluster Munitions: A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of International Civil Society in Legitimizing Western Military Power’, Historical Materialism Conference, York University, Toronto, 8-11 May 2014.
  • ‘Global Civil Society’ and the Legitimisation of Western Military Power: A Gramscian Analysis of the  NGO Campaigns to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions, Fourth Annual Postgraduate Research Conference in the Humanities and Education, 25 April 2014.
  • ‘Civil society influence on international norms – transformative or marginal?’, European Consortium for Political Research Graduate Conference, Barcelona, 26 August 2008
  • ‘Assessing the influence of global civil society on global governance’, Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 19 October 2007.
  • ‘The role of global civil society in global governance’, Northern Political Studies Association Graduate Conference, University of Glasgow, Friday 25 May 2007.
  • ‘First Landmines, Now Small Arms? The International Campaign to Ban Landmines as a Model for Small Arms Advocacy’, National Committee for the Study of International Affairs, Annual Postgraduate Seminar, 25 November 2004.