Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Head of School
Ken McDonagh
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Kenneth McDonagh is Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Law and Government. He was the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2019-2021. His research is focused on EU Foreign Policy and Common Security and Defence Policy, the role of small states in CSDP, and the gendered impact of CSDP missions. He has published on the EU as a global actor, the gendered impact of CSDP missions and contributed to policy papers and training activities in the area of Women,  Peace and Security and CSDP. He is currently Principal Investigator of the H2020-MCSA-ITN Global India (www.globalindia.eu) which aims to train a new generation of experts on EU-India relations and empower them with the skills and expertise to contribute to the EU’s engagement with India. Previously, he was PI of an Irish Research Council funded project on the Gendered impact of CSDP missions in the Western Balkans which produced training material and policy reports aimed at the European External Action Service and other stakeholders. Dr McDonagh has over a decade of teaching experience in EU and International Relations at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. He is an editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (www.jcer.net). 

Research interests

Security studies; Counter-terrorism; EU Security CSDP International relations theory; Gender; Discourse theory; US Foreign Policy; Nationalism