Walt Kilroy


Walt Kilroy is the Associate Director of DCU's Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, and also Assistant Professor at the School of Law and Government. His research interests include development, conflict, and post-war reconstruction, and the interactions between these processes. His teaching has included these topics, as well as international media and reporting. His doctoral thesis was awarded the Basil Chubb Prize for the best PhD in political science (2012) by the Political Studies Association of Ireland. It looked at the way in which ex-combatants were dealt with after the wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa, through the programmes for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR). Field work for the thesis involved interviews with a wide range of actors in both countries, from local community representatives to international agency staff. The views of ex-combatants were also gathered through interviews, a survey, and focus group discussions in a variety of locations in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

He was awarded a one-year a postdoctoral fellowship at Dublin City University by the Irish Research Council (formerly IRCHSS). A monograph based on his thesis is published by Palgrave Macmillan (April 2015).

He was programme chair of DCU's MA in International Relations and MA in International Security and Conflict (2018-21).

He coordinated a project called PESTUGE, funded by grant of €1 million from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme (project reference number 561589-EPP-1-2015-1-IE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP). It involved eight partners in four countries, in developing the teaching of peace studies at universities in the Republic of Georgia. It is a three-year project (2015 to 2018).

Walt previously worked in the Horn of Africa for the development organisation, Trócaire, on conflict and advocacy (2004-06). This focused on the on the Darfur conflict in Sudan, again involving research in the field. Prior to that, he worked in journalism for print, radio, and television, and was Deputy Foreign Editor at the Irish public service broadcaster, RTE. He reported from conflict zones such as Afghanistan and the Balkans, as well as carrying out the more routine international reporting assignments. He received the National Science and Technology Journalism Award (Television Category) for his reporting on climate change for RTE News.

His undergraduate studies were in psychology (UCD), with postgraduate studies in journalism and an MA in International Relations (DCU).


Year Publication
2015 Kilroy, Walt (2015) Reintegration of Ex-combatants after Conflict: Participatory Approaches in Sierra Leone and Liberia. : Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2018 Walt Kilroy & Helen S. A. Basini (2018) 'Social Capital Made Explicit: The Role of Norms, Networks, and Trust in Reintegrating Ex-combatants and Peacebuilding in Liberia'. International Peacekeeping, 25 (3):349-372. Link
2018 Walt Kilroy (2018) 'The evolution of civilian protection in peacekeeping mandates: the reality of UNMISS operations in South Sudan'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 29 :133-143. Link
2014 Kilroy W. (2014) 'Does a more participatory approach to reintegrating ex-combatants lead to better outcomes? Evidence from Sierra Leone and Liberia'. Conflict, Security and Development, 14 (3):275-308. Link
2011 Kilroy W. (2011) 'From conflict to ownership: Participatory approaches to the re-integration of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 22 (1):127-144. Link

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Walt Kilroy (2021) 'Social Capital' In: New York : Springer. Link
2021 Walt Kilroy (2021) 'Protection of Civilians' In: New York : Oxford University Press. Link
2021 Walt Kilroy (2021) 'Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration' In: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan. Link
2019 Walt Kilroy (2019) 'South Sudan' In: London : Routledge. Link

Commissioned Report

Year Publication
2009 Walt Kilroy (2009) Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: The co-evolution of concepts, practices andunderstanding. New York: COMMREP

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2017 Walt Kilroy (2017) International Studies Association annual convention The evolution of civilian protection in peacekeeping mandates: Operations in South Sudan, DRC, and Darfur compared Baltimore, MD, 22/02/2017-25/02/2017.
2016 Kilroy, Walt (2016) Development Studies Association Ireland annual conference Images, emotions, and empathy: communicationg humanity and reality Dublin, 24/11/2016-25/11/2016.
2012 Kilroy, Walt (2012) Development Studies Association of Ireland annual conference Responding to the global crises: Linking research, policy and practice DCU, Dublin, 05/09/2012-05/09/2009.
2008 Kilroy, Walt (2008) Graduate Seminar in International Affairs Disarming Tactics: Can Programmes for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) be Implemented in a Participatory Way? Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 20/11/2008-.
2018 Walt Kilroy (2018) ECPR The complex world of peacebuilding: interactions between transitional justice and programmes to reintegrate ex-combatants Hamburg, 22/08/2018-25/08/2018.
2018 Walt Kilroy (2018) International Studies Association annual convention Outstaying Your Welcome? Relations with Host Governments as a Factor in Peacekeepers Implementing Civilian Protection Mandates San Francisco, 07/04/2018-07/04/2018.
2017 Walt Kilroy (2017) Conflict Research Society annual conference Institutionalising an emergency response: “Protection of Civilians” camps at UN bases in South Sudan University of Oxford, 19/07/2018-19/07/2018.
2017 Walt Kilroy (2017) International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) annual conference How researchers deal with causal complexity when analysing post-war dynamics University of Manchester, 11/09/2017-11/09/2017.
2016 Walt Kilroy (2016) Conflict Research Society annual conference Field work in post conflict zones: Making our position explicit Trinity College Dublin, 08/09/2016-09/09/2016.
2016 Walt Kilroy (2016) International Association of Peace and Conflict Studies annual conference How is the mandate to protect civilians implemented by peacekeeping missions? Initial findings from Mali Dublin City University, 15/09/2016-16/09/2016.
2015 Kilroy, Walt (2015) British International Studies Association annual conference Tensions and synergies: How reintegration of ex-combatants interacts with transitional justice London, 16/06/2015-19/06/2015.
2014 Walt Kilroy (2014) International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies annual conference Building on social capital in the reintegration of ex-combatants University of Manchester, 11/09/2014-12/09/2014.
2014 Kilroy, Walt and Basini, Helen (2014) International Peace Research Association (IPRA) 25th general conference The role of social networks and social capital in reintegrating ex-combatants after war Istanbul, Turkey, 10/08/2014-14/08/2014.
2014 Kilroy, Walt (2014) Annual conference of Conflict Research Society Social capital and reintegration in post-war Sierra Leone University of Leeds, 02/09/2014-04/09/2014.
2013 Kilroy, Walt (2013) European Conference on African Studies Does a more participatory approach to reintegrating ex-combatants lead to better outcomes? Evidence from Sierra Leone and Liberia Lisbon, Portugal, 27/06/2013-29/06/2013.
2013 Kilroy, Walt (2013) MatchPoints Seminar: Culture, Social Capital and Politics, University of Aarhus Peacebuilding materials: Ownership, participation and social capital in the reintegration of ex-combatants after war Aarhus, Denmark, 23/05/2013-25/05/2013.
2011 Kilroy, Walt (2011) European Conference on African Studies From conflict to ownership: Participatory approaches to the reintegration of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone Uppsala, Sweden, 15/06/2011-18/06/2011.
2010 Kilroy, Walt (2010) European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Graduate Conference Whose reintegration? Local ownership of processes for the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants in Liberia Dublin City University, 30/08/2010-01/09/2010.
2009 Kilroy, Walt (2009) Conflict Research Society annual conference Owning guns but not the process: Involvement of stakeholders in Sierra Leone’s programme of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) University of Kent, Canterbury, 08/09/2009-09/09/2009.
2008 Kilroy, Walt (2008) International Peace Research Association biennial global conference entitled ‘Building Sustainable Futures - Enacting Peace and Development’ Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration as a participatory process: involving communities and beneficiaries in post-conflict disarmament programs University of Leuven, Belgium, 15/07/2008-19/07/2008.
2003 Kilroy, Walt (2003) Graduate Research Seminar in International Relations Competition or Coherence: The Role of Second Track Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 13/11/2003-.
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Development Studies Association -
Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) -
International Peace Research Association (IPRA) -
Conflict Research Society -
International Studies Association (ISA) -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/10/2012 Basil Chubb Prize for best PhD thesis in political science Political Studies Association of Ireland
01/10/2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
01/01/2006 Jesuit Solidarity Scholarship (three year doctoral funding) Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
01/01/2001 Science journalism award (television) for reporting on climate change IBM/IST National Science and Technology Journalism Awards
01/01/1997 European Commission Scholarship
01/01/1985 Norwegian government scholarship
01/01/1987 Incorporated Law Society's Student Award for Journalism


Committee Function From / To
Oversight Group on Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland 01/05/2018 -
International Advisory Committee, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research www.nwo.nl/en 01/05/2018 -
Programme and Innovation Advisory Board, Goal 01/06/2019 -
Humanitarian Action Study Group, Development Studies Association Ireland -
Organising Committee for annual conference of Development Studies Association - Ireland 01/02/2012 - 06/09/2012


Employer Position From / To
Dublin City University Lecturer and Associate Director, IICRR 01/10/2013 - 31/12/9999
Dublin City University Postdoctoral Research Fellow 01/10/2012 - 30/09/2013
Dublin City University Research Fellow 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2012
Dublin City University Lecturer (part time) 01/02/2007 - 31/03/2011
Trocaire Advocacy and Communications Officer 01/09/2005 - 31/08/2006
Trocaire Advocacy and Peacebuilding Intern 01/01/2004 - 31/07/2005
RTE News Deputy Foreign Editor 01/12/1999 - 01/09/2003
RTE News Senior Journalist 19/12/1991 - 01/12/1999
Century News Radio Reporter 01/09/1989 - 19/11/1991


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
DCU PhD International Relations
Dublin City University Master of Arts in International Relations
NIHE Dublin (now DCU) Graduate Diploma in Journalism Journalism
University College Dublin Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Hons), with Philosophy as a minor subject


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Basic Basic Basic
French Functional Functional Functional

Enterprise Engagement

Year Engagement Type Client Description
Qualitative research design for consultation with beneficiaries in developing countries by Trocaire as part of discussion on replacement for the Millennium Development Goals after 2015 (pro bono)

Research Interests

Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) of former combatants; conflict resolution; development; peacebuilding; security; participation; social capital; transitional justice; civilian protection; peacekeeping, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, United Nations

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Tehoungue ,Tennen B PhD-track Supervisor
Mohamed ,Miraji Hassan PhD Supervisor

Teaching Interests

Security, development, post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding, and peackeeping, and the interactions between these areas.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2020 Politics of the UN LG552
2022 Resolving and Managing Conflict LG533
2020 Conflict, Security and Peacebuilding LG534