The Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention was established in 2012, and honours the late Senator Edward M Kennedy for his lifelong commitment to justice, equality, human rights, education for all and environmental protection and in particular for his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. The Institute is university based at Maynooth University, and has a high level of engagement with the wider community, including key practitioners and organisations active in the practice of conflict intervention. It contributes to relevant policy debates taking its lead from the voices at the heart of the conflict. It also works with others to build on and strengthen Ireland’s international reputation and expertise as peacemaker, mediator and facilitator for positive conflict engagement, social regeneration and restorative practices.
The Institute teaches conflict intervention theory and practice, including mediation, peace building and restorative practice to all those with an interest in deepening their knowledge. Through Certificate, Diploma and Masters programmes it offers a blend of the latest theoretical thinking with highly interactive and experiential learning delivered by Irish and International experts in the field.
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POINT OF CONTACT
Dr Kieran Doyle
Assistant Director, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention
|Dr Kieran Doyle||Dr Doyle is Irish representative on the Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) based in the European External Action Service, Brussels, and also represents Ireland on the Academic Think Tank of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). His primary research and teaching interests lie in peacebuilding and practice based learning, and since 2015, leads the Kennedy Institute team in two H2020 research projects examining the effectiveness of EU conflict intervention capabilities. He is also a founding member of the editorial board and coordinator of the open access Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis (JMACA) published online at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/edward-m-kennedy-institute/journal-mediation-and-applied-conflict-analysis|
|Philip McDonagh||Philip McDonagh was born in Dublin and attended schools in Dublin and Copenhagan, and university in Oxford. As a diplomat he has had postings throughout Europe and between 1994 and 1999 worked at the Irish Embassy in London where he helped to develop the Peace Process. He was since Irish Ambassador to India, The Holy See, Finland, Russia and the Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.|
|Sean McGearty||Sean Mc Gearty has 25 years’ experience in peacebuilding as an analyst, policy advisor, trainer and evaluator and has worked in a number of fragile and conflict affected countries including Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Cyprus and West Africa. He has a strong track record of working to support peace processes with expertise in conflict analysis, mediation and the facilitation of dialogue processes. He has worked with a range of actors in complex environments including political leaders, civil society, ex-combatants, victims and traditional and religious leaders. Sean has extensive experience in the design and delivery of training in mediation and conflict analysis and has delivered training on behalf of the EEAS/ESDC in Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Brussels and Ireland.|
|Dr Margaret Nugent||Dr Margaret Nugent completed her doctorate in 2014 on Deepening Dialogue in Silent Spaces; Ireland’s Pedagogy of Peace with specific focus on the role of education in brokering the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. She is founding director of Dunglave Associates, an educational research consultancy operating throughout Ireland and in overseas development. In 2017 she was Course Director and Lead Educator on a Kennedy Institute programme ‘Theory and Practice of Mediation and Conflict Intervention’ designed in conjunction with CEN (Joint UDA / IRA initiative) delivered to a mixed community group from both sides of an interface community in Belfast. Between 2015-2017, she worked on Island of Ireland Community and Political Dialogue (CPD) Programme, building the architecture to support the Fresh Start Agreement.|