Dr Ian O'Flynn
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory


I have been at Newcastle University since 2004.  I teach on topics such as democracy, liberalism, rights, multiculturalism, nationalism and global democracy.  My research focuses on questions about the nature and requirements of democracy in multicultural and multinational societies, with a particular emphasis on deliberative democracy and political cohesion.  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, Government and Opposition, Political Studies and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.  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)