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.