The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Ian O'Flynn

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory



I have been at Newcastle University since 2004.  I am a political theorist with a special interest in deliberative democracy, though I also have an interest in more applied topics such as power sharing and referendums.  My books include Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and Deliberative Peace Referendums (Oxford University Press, 2021), and my articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies, and Politics, Philosophy & 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 the Australian National University.

I am one of the editors of the ECPR Press.  If you are interested in publishing a book with us, then please feel free to contact me.  I am also an associate editor of the ECPR's new open access journal, Political Research Exchange (PRX).


PhD (2002) Queen's University, Belfast

MA (1998) University College, Cork

BA (1996) University College, Cork

BMus (1988) University College, Cork


Research Interests 

  • Political theory, especially deliberative democracy, referendums, compromise, the public interest, shared intentions.  
  • Comparative politics, especially nationalism and ethnicity, power sharing, electoral systems, vetoes, civil society.




Undergraduate Teaching

POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution (module leader; semester 1)

POL3106 Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies (module leader; semester 2)