Dr Ian O'Flynn
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory


I have been at Newcastle University since 2004.  I teach on democracy, multiculturalism, nationalism and ethnic conflict.  My main research interest is in deliberative democracy, but I also work on topics such as the public interest, compromise and political integration.  I am the author of Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (2006) and my articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science and Political Studies.  I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Essex and have also held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, the Australian National University.


PhD (2002) Queen’s University, Belfast

MA (1998) University College, Cork

BA (1996) University College, Cork

BMus (1988) University College, Cork

Roles and Responsibilities

Exams Officer for Politics

Research Interests 

  • Political theory, especially deliberative democracy, compromise, the public interest and political integration.  
  • Comparative politics, especially divided societies, power sharing, negotiaiton, democratic transitions. 





Undergraduate Teaching

POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution (module leader; semester 2)