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School of Law and Government
Assistant Professor in Security Studies
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Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Caitriona Dowd is Assistant Professor in Security Studies at DCU's School of Law and Government.

Her research focuses on the dynamics of political violence in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular attention to the role of conflict in humanitarian crises and food insecurity; civilian targeting and terror tactics; and the use of new and emerging methodologies for violence monitoring. Employing a combination of quantitative, geographic and qualitative methodologies, Caitriona's research explores patterns of conflict in comparative contexts, in both cross-national and country-focused cases. Caitriona's work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including African AffairsTerrorism and Political Violence, Political GeographyPeacebuildingThe Journal of Modern African Studies and Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Caitriona is Programme Chair of the School of Law and Government's MA in International Security & Conflict Studies and MA in International Relations. She currently leads graduate-level teaching on International Security; and Emerging Issues in Security (Conflict and Data), and has contributed to programme design and research methods teaching at various levels in the School.

In her previous role as a peace and conflict specialist in the humanitarian sector, Caitriona worked in Somalia, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. She holds degrees from the University of Sussex, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Trinity College Dublin.

Research interests

Research interests include violent conflict, violence monitoring systems, humanitarian crises, and data. Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa; experienced in qualitative, mixed methods, statistical and geographic research methods.