Dr Dylan O'Driscoll

Dr Dylan O'Driscoll

Conflict Research Fellow

Middle East Centre

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Key Expertise
Middle East

About me

Dylan is a Conflict Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme – Iraq (CRP–Iraq). He is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, and has a PhD in Ethnopolitics from the University of Exeter, where his thesis examined the status of Kirkuk within the wider issues of conflict and governance in Iraq. Dylan’s research focuses on the links between nationalism and conflict at both an institutional and a local level. 

For the CRP–Iraq his project is entitled "Everyday Peacebuilding, Everyday Nationalism, and Symbolic Capital: The old Bazaar in Kirkuk, Iraq". Using the case study of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen in the old bazaar in Kirkuk, the project examines how everyday nationalism and peace are in competition with one another and impact each other on multiple levels. Drawing on Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic capital, and taking an intersectional approach the aim is to create a better understanding of the role of space and privilege in the conflict and for interventions to move beyond the current institutional focus and include bottom-up elements. 

Expertise Details

Conflict; Governance; Iraq; Kirkuk

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