Dr Dylan O'Driscoll


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Dylan O’Driscoll is a Research Associate at HCRI working on the Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme. He is also a Conflict Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Council and Visiting Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. Dylan's 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 project 'Everyday Peacebuilding, Everyday Nationalism, and Symbolic Capital: The old Bazaar in Kirkuk, Iraq' uses the case study of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen in the old bazaar to examine how everyday nationalism and peace are in competition with one another and impact each other on multiple levels. Drawing on Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic capital, and taking an intersectional approach the aim is to create a better understanding of the role of space and privilege in the conflict and for interventions to move beyond the current institutional focus and include bottom-up elements. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nations and Nationalism and I am also Chair for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism.

External positions

Fellow, LSE Middle East Centre

1 Jul 2018 → …

Conflict Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council

1 Jul 201830 Jun 2019

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