Professor Feargal Cochrane joined the Board of Oxford Research Group (ORG) in March 2015. He was Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent from 2012-2019. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in CARC at the University of Kent. He was previously Director of the Richardson Institute, a peace and conflict studies research centre at Lancaster University (2005-2012). Professor Cochrane has also held academic posts at the Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster, and at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Professor Cochrane’s research focuses on the dynamics of political violence in ethnonational conflicts and the challenges and opportunities that face efforts to move towards dialogue, negotiation and agreement. He has published widely in these areas and has a particular interest in Northern Ireland and in issues relating to power-sharing and post-conflict institution building.

He is the author of nine monographs and edited books on these subjects. His 2013 book Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace (Yale University Press) was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize in 2015.  His latest book, Breaking Peace: Brexit and Northern Ireland is published by Manchester University Press in May 2020.