Dr Francis O'Connor

Dr Francis O'Connor

Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Department:
Transnational Actors

Contact

E-Mail: oconnor @hsfk .de

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CV

since 2017Postdoctoral Researcher at PRIF
2016–2017Postdoctoral Researcher in the Research Project "PRIME – Predicting, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism" at the University of Aarhus (Denmark)
2015–2016Research Fellow at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy)
2014–2015Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy)
2010–2014Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy)
2010–2011Master of Research at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy)
2008–2009Master of Science in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (England)
2005–2006Erasmus Programme at the Università di Bologna (Italy)
2003–2007International Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Sociology/ Political Science at the National University of Ireland

Expertise

Dr Francis O'Connor is working on the following issues:

  • Civil wars (special focus on the relationship between armed groups and their supports)
  • Social Movements
  • Radicalization and Terrorism
  • Lone Actor Radicalization
  • Kurdish and Turkish Politics
  • Ireland and Scotland
  • Latin America

Publications

Communal violence and ethnic polarization before and after the 2015 elections in Turkey | 2018

O'Connor, Francis/Baser, Bahar (2018): Communal violence and ethnic polarization before and after the 2015 elections in Turkey. Attacks against the HDP and the Kurdish population, in: Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 18:1, 53–72.

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Diasporas and homeland conflicts: a comparative perspective | 2018

O'Connor, Francis (2018): Diasporas and homeland conflicts: a comparative perspective, in: National Identities, 1–3, (published online).

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The Kurdish Movement in Turkey | 2017

O'Connor, Francis (2017): The Kurdish Movement in Turkey. Between Political Differentiation and Violent Confrontation, PRIF Report No. 147, Frankfurt/M.

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End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been | 2017

Schuurmann, Bart/Lindekilde, Lasse/Malthaner, Stefan/O'Connor, Francis/Gill, Paul/Bouhana, Noémie (2017): End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been, in: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, https://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554.

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Radicalization patterns and modes of attack planning and preparation among lone-actor terrorists: an exploratory analysis | 2017

Lindekilde, Lasse/O'Connor, Francis/Schuurmann, Bart (2017): Radicalization patterns and modes of attack planning and preparation among lone-actor terrorists: an exploratory analysis, in: Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggregression, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2017.1407814.

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What Scotland can learn from the referendum from below in Catalonia | 2017

Della Porta, Donatella/O'Connor, Francis/Potros, Martin/Subirats Ribas, Anna (2017): What Scotland can learn from the referendum from below in Catalonia, Common Space, 21.11.2017.

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El procés y los referéndums desde abajo | 2017

Della Porta, Donatella/O'Connor, Francis/Subirats Ribas, Anna/Portos Garcia, Martín (2017): El procés y los referéndums desde abajo, Piedras de Papel, 8.10.2017.

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"Le strade saranno nostre". Il referendum catalano | 2017

Subirats Ribas, Anna/Della Porta, Donatella/O'Connor, Francis/Portos Garcia, Martín (2017): "Le strade saranno nostre". Il referendum catalano, Sbilanciamoci info, 7.10.2017.

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"The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below | 2017

Della Porta, Donatella/O'Connor, Francis/Portos Garcia, Martín/Subirats Ribas, Anna (2017): "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below, Open Democracy, 5.10.2017.

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Social Movements and Referendums from Below | 2017

Della Porta, Donatella/O'Connor, Francis/Portos Garcia, Martín/Subirats Ribas, Anna (2017): Social Movements and Referendums from Below, Bristol: Policy Press, https://policypress.co.uk/(...).

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PKK Violence against Civilians: Beyond the Individual, Understanding Collective Targeting | 2017

Masullo, Juan/O'Connor, Francis (2017): PKK Violence against Civilians: Beyond the Individual, Understanding Collective Targeting, in: Terrorism and Political Violence, DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2017.1347874.

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The Marikana Massacre: Labour and Subaltern Protest in South Africa | 2017

O'Connor, Francis (2017): The Marikana Massacre: Labour and Subaltern Protest in South Africa, in: della Porta, Donatella (ed.), Global Diffusion of Protest: Riding the Protest Wave in the Neoliberal Crisis, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 113-137.

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Book Review of Baser, Bahar (2015) | 2017

O'Connor, Francis (2017): Book Review of Baser, Bahar (2015). Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective, in: National Identities, 19, 1–5.

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Academics for Peace: “enemies of the state” in Turkey | 2016

O'Connor, Francis/Celik, Semih (2016): Academics for Peace: “enemies of the state” in Turkey, ROAR Magazine, 16.1.2016.

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Late Neoliberalism and Its Discontents in the Economic Crisis Comparing Social Movements in the European Periphery | 2016

Della Porta, Donatella/Andretta, Massimiliano/Fernandes, Tiago/O'Connor, Francis/Romanos, Eduardo/Vogiatzoglou, Markos (2016): Late Neoliberalism and Its Discontents in the Economic Crisis Comparing Social Movements in the European Periphery, Basingstoke [England]; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Pre-conflict Mobilization Strategies and Urban-Rural Transition: The Cases of the PKK and the FLN/EZLN | 2015

O'Connor, Francis/Oikonomakis, Leonidas (2015): Pre-conflict Mobilization Strategies and Urban-Rural Transition: The Cases of the PKK and the FLN/EZLN, in: Mobilization, 20:3, 379–399.

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Social Movements and the Scottish Referendum | 2015

O'Connor, Francis (2015): Social Movements and the Scottish Referendum. Working Paper, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence: COSMOS-Centre on Social Movement Studies, Mobilizing for Democracy – ERC Project.

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Radical Political Participation and the Internal Kurdish Diaspora in Turkey | 2015

O'Connor, Francis (2015): Radical Political Participation and the Internal Kurdish Diaspora in Turkey, in: Kurdish Studies, 3:2, 3–25.

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Anti-Austerity Protest in Ireland 2008-2015 | 2015

O'Connor, Francis (2015): Anti-Austerity Protest in Ireland 2008-2015. Working Paper, European University Institute, Florence: COSMOS-Centre on Social Movement Studies, Mobilizing for Democracy – ERC Project, at Department of Political and Social Science.

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L’Irlanda infelice premia Sinn Féin e punisce Il Labour | 2014

O'Connor, Francis (2014): L’Irlanda infelice premia Sinn Féin e punisce Il Labour, Il Manifesto, 6.6.2014.

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Other professional activities

since 2017Member of the Editorial Board of the International Centre on Counter-terrorism – The Hague (ICCT)
2016–2017Member of the PRIME Project (Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism)
since 2013Member of the COSMOS Research Network on Social Movement Studies based in the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy)
since 2013Member of the Political Violence Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
since 2011Member of the Kurdish Studies Network
2004 & 2005President's Award for Academic Achievement at the National University of Ireland