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Dr Paul Dixon

Senior Lecturer in politics & international studies, Kingston University.

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Dr Paul Dixon is a Reader in Politics and International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. His book 'The British Approach to Counterinsurgency: From Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan' was published in October 2012. The book questions the effectiveness of Britain's "hearts and minds" approach and challenges conventional counterinsurgency thinking by drawing on the expertise of regional and thematic specialists.

The second edition of his book 'Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. In 2011 he published 'Northern Ireland since 1969' with Dr Eamonn O'Kane.

Dr Dixon has carried out extensive research on the Northern Ireland conflict which has been published in journals such as Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Terrorism and Political Violence and Political Quarterly. In total he has published over 30 articles and book chapters including articles on British public opinion and military intervention, the Kosovo conflict and bipartisanship and Sri Lanka. His current research interests are British and Irish politics, conflict resolution theory and counterinsurgency and he has extensive media experience. Dr Dixon has edited a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on 'Hearts and Minds: British Counterinsurgency from Malaya to Iraq' based on a conference co-convened with the Royal United Services Institute. 

He is currently completing a book with Dr Eamonn O'Kane on 'Northern Ireland since 1969' for Pearson and is writing a book on the Northern Ireland Peace Process.


Year gained Subject
1993 PhD: British Labour Party & Norther Ireland, Bradford University
1986 BA (Hons) Politics & Modern History, Manchester University

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2009 - Reader in Politics and International Studies, Kingston University.
2005 - 2009 Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Kingston University.
2004 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs).
2001 - 2005 Lecturer in Politics, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, N. Ireland.
1997 - 2001 Lecturer in Government, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, N. Ireland.
1995 - 1997 Lecturer in Politics, University of Leeds.
1993 - 1994 Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, University of Luton.
1992 - 1993 Tutor in Politics, Queen's University, Belfast.
1992 - 1993 Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast.
1991 Tutor in Politics, University of Leeds.



Ganiel, Gladys and Dixon, Paul (2008) Religion, pragmatic fundamentalism and the transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.2 Journal of Peace Research, 45(3), pp. 419-436. ISSN (print) 0022-3433

Dixon, Paul (2006) Performing the Northern Ireland peace process on the world stage.3 Political Science Quarterly, 121(1), pp. 61-91. ISSN (print) 0032-3195

Dixon, Paul (2006) Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: valuing the union?4 Irish Political Studies, 21(2), pp. 113-136. ISSN (print) 0790-7184

Dixon, Paul (2005) Why the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland is not consociational.5 Political Quarterly, 76(3), pp. 357-367. ISSN (print) 0032-3179

Dixon, Paul and Goldsworthy, Vesna (2004) Embracing suburbia.6 Planning in London, 50, pp. 33-34. ISSN (print) 1366-9672

Dixon, Paul and Warren, Juliet (2004) Medical officers of health and infant mortality: the case of Kingston-Upon-Thames in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.7 Local population studies(73), pp. 61-72. ISSN (print) 0143-2974

Dixon, Paul (2004) 'Peace within the realms of the possible'? David Trimble, unionist ideology and theatrical politics.8 Terrorism and Political Violence, 16(3), pp. 462-482. ISSN (print) 0954-6553

Dixon, Paul (2003) Victory by spin? Britain, the US and the propaganda War over Kosovo.9 Civil Wars, 6(4), pp. 83-106. ISSN (print) 1369-8249

Dixon, Paul (2002) L'IRA, victoire, defaite ou match nul? (The IRA: Win, lose or draw?).10 La Revue Nouvelle(5), pp. 64-71. ISSN (print) 0035-3809

Dixon, Paul (2002) Northern Ireland and the international dimension: the end of the Cold War, the USA and European integration.11 Irish Studies in International Affairs, 13(13), pp. 105-120. ISSN (print) 0332-1460

Dixon, Paul (2002) Political skills or lying and manipulation? the choreography of the Northern Ireland peace process.12 Political Studies, 50(4), pp. 725-741. ISSN (print) 0032-3217

Dixon, Paul (2001) British policy towards Northern Ireland 1969-2000: continuity, tactical adjustment and consistent 'inconsistencies'.13 British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 3(3), pp. 340-368. ISSN (print) 1369-1481.


Dixon, Paul (2007) The Northern Ireland peace process: choreography and theatrical politics.14 London, UK : Routledge. 240p. (Routledge Advances in European Politics) ISBN 0415348609 (In Press)

Dixon, Paul (2001) Northern Ireland: the politics of war and peace.15 Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. 334p. ISBN 0-333-72968-4

Section in books:

Dixon, Paul (2008) 'A Tragedy Beyond Words': interpretations of British government policy and the Northern Ireland peace process.16 In: Edwards, Aaron and Bloomer, Stephen, (eds.) Transforming the peace process in Northern Ireland: from terrorism to democratic politics. Dublin, Ireland : Irish Academic Press. pp. 175-194. ISBN 0716529556

Dixon, Paul (2006) Rethinking the international and Northern Ireland: a critique.17 In: Cox, Michael , Guelke, Adrian and Stephen, Fiona, (eds.) A farewell to arms?: Beyond the Good Friday agreement. 2nd ed. Manchester : Manchester University Press. pp. 409-426. ISBN 0719071151

Dixon, Paul (2004) Contemporary unionism and the tactics of resistance.18 In: Bric, Maurice J. and Coakley, John, (eds.) From political violence to negotiated settlement: the winding path to peace in twentieth-century Ireland. Dublin : University College Dublin Press. pp. 133-153. (Perspectives in British-Irish studies) ISBN 1900621843

Dixon, Paul (2001) Partition and the failure of majoritarianism.19 In: Wilson, Robin, (ed.) Agreeing to disagree?: a guide to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Stationery Office. ISBN 0114972575

Media Highlights

Dr Dixoin is a seasoned media commentator, having a substantial track record in being quoted on his subject and and has also acted as a consultant and researcher for a number of programmes. He has been interviewed on both BBC television and radio stations, as well as for Irish national radio and television and other international publications, both in the print media, broadcast and on on-line sites.


Professional Body Membership

Political Studies Association (UK)

Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)


 Political Studies Association (UK)

Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)











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