Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention

Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention

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.

Contact information

Maynooth University


+353 1 7084558 (Office)


Dr Kieran Doyle

Assistant Director, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention


The team

Contacts Resume Speciality

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
  • Peacebuilding
  • Security and development

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.
  • Evaluation of peacebuilding processes