Sean Byrne

Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies
Head, Ph.D. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
Executive Director, Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice

Address:  252–70 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba
  Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6
 Phone:   204.474.7979
 Fax: 204.474.8828
 Email: Sean_Byrne@umanitoba.ca

 
Dr. Sean Byrne is a native of Ireland. He is Director of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba, as well as Head of Canada’s first Ph.D. program in Peace and Conflict Studies, which he established with Jessica Senehi. He was a co-recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grant (2005-2008) and a United States Institute of Peace research grant (1997) to explore the role of external economic aid in the peace-building process in Northern Ireland. His publications include numerous articles as well as two books: Growing Up in a Divided Society: The Influence of Conflict on Belfast Schoolchildren (Associated University Presses, 1997) and Reconcilable Differences: Turning Points in Ethnopolitical Conflicts (Kumarian Press, 2000), which he co-authored with Cynthia Irvin. He is coeditor, with Dennis Sandole, Ingrid Sandole-Staroste and Jessica Senehi, of the Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Routledge, 2008, forthcoming), and of The International Fund for Ireland and the European Union Peace I Fund: Building the Peace Dividend in Northern Ireland (Associated University Presses, 2008, forthcoming). He is a former vice-president of the International Sector of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). He was also co-chair and board member of the Network in Community Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR), Chair of the Peace Studies section of the International Studies Association (ISA)  (2004-2006, member-at-large 2000-2002), and member-at-large of ISA’s Ethnicity and Nationalism and Migration Section (2007-2009). Dr. Byrne served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Peace and Conflict Studies. He was the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor of the Year in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003, and was nominated by graduate students for Nova Southeastern University's Professor of the Year award (among 5 out of 555 NSU faculty).

Education:
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1993; M.A., Syracuse University, 1990; M.S.Sc., Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1987; B.A., The University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, 1985.

Areas of Specialization:
Ethnic conflict; Northern Ireland conflict; conflict and economic development; children and war; peace education; international peacebuilding and conflict resolution; theories of conflict and conflict resolution.

Recent Publications:
Byrne, Sean. (forthcoming 2008). The politics of peace and war in Northern Ireland. In George Irani, Vamik Volkan & Judy Carter (Eds.), Workbook on ethnic conflicts. NY: Prentice Hall.

Byrne, Sean, Fissuh, Eyob, Matic, Mislav, & Cunningham, Chris. (2008). Getting to peace: The role of the European Union Peace I Fund in building the peace dividend in Northern Ireland. The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, 16 (2), 64-95.

Byrne, Sean, & Senehi, Jessica. (2008). Conflict analysis and resolution as a multidiscipline: A work in process. In Sean Byrne, Dennis Sandole, Ingrid Sandole & Jessica Senehi (Eds.), Handbook of conflict analysis and resolution. London: Routledge.

Byrne, Sean, Sandole, Dennis, Sandole-Staroste, Ingrid & Senehi, Jessica. (2008). Conclusion: Where do we go from here in research, theory-building, and practice? In Sean Byrne, Dennis Sandole, Ingrid Sandole & Jessica Senehi (Eds.), Handbook of conflict analysis and resolution. London: Routledge.

Byrne, Sean, Irvin, Cynthia & Fissuh, Eyob. (2008).The perception of economic assistance in Northern Ireland and its role in the peace process. In Sean Byrne, Dennis Sandole, Ingrid Sandole & Jessica Senehi (Eds.), Handbook of conflict analysis and resolution. London: Routledge.

Byrne, Sean. (2007). Mired in intractability: The roles of external ethno-guarantors and primary mediators in Cyprus and Northern Ireland. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 24 (2), 149-172.

Byrne, Sean, Fissuh, Eyob, & Matic, Mislav. (2007, Fall). The International Fund for Ireland: Economic assistance and the Northern Ireland peace process. Peace and Conflict Studies, 14 (2), 49-73.

Matic, Mislav, Byrne, Sean, & Fissuh, Eyob. (2007, Summer). Awareness and process: The role of the European Union Peace II Fund and the International Fund for Ireland in building the peace dividend in Northern Ireland. Journal of Conflict Studies, 27 (1), 105-125.

Byrne, Sean, Matic, Mislav, & Fissuh, Eyob.  (2007, June). The European Union’s Peace and Reconciliation Fund’s impact on economic development, peacebuilding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. International Journal of World Peace, 27 (2), 85-109.

Cardzic, Adnan, & Byrne, Sean. (2007, Spring). Enigmatic Bosnia matters: Coexistence in Bavljinje during the light and darkness of Yugoslavia’s war. Peace and Conflict Studies, 14 (1), 73-80.

Senehi, Jessica, & Byrne, Sean. (2006). From violence toward peace: The role of storytelling for youth healing and political empowerment after conflict.  In Siobhan McEvoy-Levy (Ed.), Troublemakers or peacemakers? Youth and post-accord peace building (pp. 235-258). South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.