Conor Kelly (2018 Cohort)

Conor Kelly

About me/education: I graduated with a BA (Hons) in History, Sociology and Political Science in 2014 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Following this, I studied for my MA in European Public Policy from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After University, I worked in a variety of different political and not-for-profit organisations in New York and London.

My research: My research focuses on Northern Irish political parties and their attitudes towards European integration. It asks whether ideology and electoral calculus, as the existing studies predict, reshaped Northern Irish political parties’ preferences on Europe. Going beyond this literature, it considers whether Sinn Féin, the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party have been influenced by transnational politics on the island of Ireland and within the European Union.

The difference my research makes: My research will shed new light on Northern Irish political parties at a time when these actors are having a profound effect on the future of UK-EU relations and British constitutional politics. More generally, the findings will advance the literature on how political parties form their preferences in divided societies.

Supervisors: Dr Ben Worthy and Prof Dermot Hodson (joint supervisors)

Location: Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London

Pathway: Politics and International Relations