Professor Feargal Cochrane joined the Board of Oxford Research Group (ORG) in March 2015. He is Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, where he also serves as Director of Research and Deputy Head of School. 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 ethno-national 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 migration and peace building. 

He is the author of eight 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, Migration and Security in the Global Age, was published by Routledge in March 2015.