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. As a political theorist, my main research interest is in deliberative democracy, though I also work on topics such as compromise, power sharing and referendums. My books include Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), Deliberative Democracy (Polity, 2021) and (with Ron Levy and Hoi Kong) Deliberative Peace Referendums (Oxford University Press, 2021). My articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies and Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and I have also written quite a few book chapters and policy reports. 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 an Editor of the ECPR Press and an Associate Editor of the ECPR's new open access journal, Political Research Exchange (PRX).

I am Consortium Director for the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (on secondment).


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.




I am currently on secondment to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and have no teaching duties at present.