Dylan O’Driscoll is a Research Associate at HCRI working on the Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme. His main research interest is ethnosectarian conflict in the Middle East, particularly Iraq where he has spent two years conducting fieldwork. He has a PhD in Ethnopolitics from the University of Exeter, where his thesis examined the status of Kirkuk within the wider issues of conflict and governance in Iraq. Dylan holds an MA in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter and a BA in English and History from Bath Spa University.
Dylan’s current research examines the factors that have led to the rise of the Islamic State and develops policies to counteract this. Viewing the Islamic State as a result of failed policies, his research aims to understand these failures in order to address them at an institutional level. Correspondingly, he has a strong interest in conflict resolution, the process of democratisation, and in how external conflict management impacts both of these processes. A large part of his work focuses on the process of post-conflict governance and state building, particularly applying, and developing, the theories of liberal consociational power sharing and federalism. Dylan is also currently working on the rise of substate militias in Iraq and the impact that the resulting subnationalisms have on Iraqi state building.