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 teach mainly on issues concerning the nature and requirements of democracy in multicultural and multinational societies.  My main research interest is in deliberative democracy, but I also work on topics such as compromise, power sharing and referendums.  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, 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.


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, shared intentions, compromise, the public interest, political integration.  
  • Comparative politics, especially deeply divided societies, power sharing, referendums, democratic transitions, deliberative networks. 





Undergraduate Teaching

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

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