Caitriona Dowd

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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.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Caitriona Dowd (2022) 'Food-related violence, hunger and humanitarian crises'. Journal of Peace Research, . [DOI]
2021 Marjoke Oosterom;Dung Sha Pam;Caitriona Dowd (2021) 'Commissions of inquiry and pathways to accountability in Plateau State, Nigeria'. Journal of Modern African Studies, 59 (4):439-462. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X21000252
2021 Clionadh Raleigh, Héni Nsaibia and Caitriona Dowd (2021) 'The Sahel Crisis since 2012'. African Affairs, 120 (478):123-143. https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adaa022
2020 Caitriona Dowd, Patricia Justino, Roudabeh Kishi and Gauthier Marchais (2020) 'Comparing ‘New’ and ‘Old’ Media for Violence Monitoring and Crisis Response: Evidence from Kenya'. Research & Politics, 7 (3). [Link] [DOI]
2019 Caitriona Dowd (2019) 'Fragmentation, conflict, and competition: Islamist anti-civilian violence in sub-Saharan Africa'. Terrorism and Political Violence, 31 (3):433-453. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2016.1233870
2018 Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd (2018) 'Political Environments, Elite Co-Option, and Conflict'. Annals Of The American Association Of Geographers, 108 (6):1668-1684. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2018.1459459
2017 Caitriona Dowd and Adam Drury (2017) '‘Marginalisation, insurgency and civilian insecurity: Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army'. Peacebuilding, 5 (2):136-152. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1080/21647259.2016.1277011
2015 Caitriona Dowd (2015) 'Actor proliferation and the fragmentation of violent groups in conflict'. Research & Politics, 2 (4). [Link] https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2053168015607891
2015 Caitriona Dowd (2015) 'Cultural and religious demography and violent Islamist groups in Africa'. Political Geography, 45 :11-21. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.09.006
2015 Caitriona Dowd (2015) 'Grievances, governance and Islamist violence in sub-Saharan Africa'. Journal of Modern African Studies, 53 (4):505-531. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X15000737
2013 Caitriona Dowd and Clionadh Raleigh (2013) 'The myth of global Islamic terrorism and local conflict in Mali and the Sahel'. African Affairs, 112 (448):498-509. [Link] https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adt039

Other Journal

Year Publication
2015 Topher McDougal, Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks, Caitriona Dowd, Stone Conroy (2015) 'Macroeconomic Benefits of Farmer-Pastoralist Peace in Nigeria’s Middle Belt: An Input-Output Analysis Approach' 10 (1) :66-77. [Link]
2013 Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd (2013) 'Governance and Conflict in the Sahel’s ‘Ungoverned Space’' Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2 (2) . [Link] http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.bs

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Caitriona Dowd (2021) 'Starvation, Conflict and Data: Considerations for Crimes against Humanity' In: Crimes against humanity : Towards a more comprehensive approach?. Valetta : University of Malta Press. [Link]
2020 Caitriona Dowd (2020) 'Conflict and Hunger' In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. London : Palgrave Macmillan. [Link]
2020 Caitriona Dowd (2020) 'Conflict and Hunger' In: A Skein of Thought: The Ireland at Fordham Humanitarian Lecture Series. New York : Refuge Press. [Link]
2018 Caitriona Dowd (2018) 'A Geographic Study of Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Local, National, and Transnational Dynamics' In: African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremism in the Sahara-Sahel. New York, NY : Routledge. [Link]
2016 Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd (2016) 'The State of Conflict and Violence in the SDG Era' In: SIPRI Yearbook 2016. Oxford : Oxford University Press. [Link]

Published Report

Year Publication
2022 Caitriona Dowd;Liezelle Kumalo (2022) Better ways to build peace and resilience in South Sudan. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Africa, . [Link]
2020 Gary Milante, Hannes Mueller, Robert Muggah, Katherine Aguirre, Caitriona Dowd, Clionadh Raleigh, Jacob Shapiro, and Carlos Vilalta (2020) Forecasting the Dividends of Conflict Prevention from 2020-2030. Pathfinders, NYU Center on International Cooperation, . [Link]
2018 Caitriona Dowd (2018) Conflict and Displacement: Voices of displacement and return in Central African Republic's neglected crisis. Concern Worldwide, . [Link]
2018 Caitriona Dowd, Patricia Justino, Roudabeh Kishi and Gauthier Marchais (2018) Comparing “New” and “Old” Media for Violence Monitoring and Crisis Response in Kenya. Institute of Development Studies, . [Link]
2018 Caitriona Dowd (2018) Conflict and Hunger: The Lived Experience of Conflict and Food Insecurity in South Sudan. Concern Worldwide, . [Link]
2018 Caitriona Dowd (2018) Breaking the Cycle of Conflict, Hunger and Human Suffering. Concern Worldwide, . [Link]
2017 Caitriona Dowd (2017) How Does Work Feature in Literature on Youth Participation in Violence?. Institute of Development Studies, . [Link]
2015 Jeremy Lind and Caitriona Dowd (2015) Understanding Insurgent Margins in Kenya, Nigeria and Mali. Institute of Development Studies, . [Link]

Blog

Year Publication
2019 Caitriona Dowd (2019) This is Your NAP: Action and Accountability in Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. BLOG [Link]

Book Review

Year Publication
2015 Caitriona Dowd (2015) Review of 'Terror and Insurgency in the Sahara-Sahel Region: Corruption, Contraband, Jihad and the Mali War of 2012-2013,' by Stephen Harmon. BREV
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) Convenor, Humanitarian Action Study Group 01/01/2020 -

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.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Conflict and food systems DCU PI 10/12/2021 15/12/2022
Digital frontiers in peace and conflict mapping DCU PI 26/02/2020 27/02/2021
Network for Innovative Resilience-Building in South Sudan DCU PI 01/05/2020 31/12/2021

Teaching Interests

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.

Caitriona is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 International Security LG532
2022 Conflict, Security and Peace LG233
2022 Emerging Issues in Security LG5042