Patrick Finnegan

Patrick Finnegan is an Associate Lecturer in Strategic Studies with the School of International Relations, a position he has held since January 2020. He holds an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies from Maynooth University, and a PhD in Security, Conflict and Justice from the University of Exeter.

Patrick’s first academic monograph ‘Professionalism and the Provos’ is under preparation for publication with a University press. This piece examines the relationship between military sociology and terrorism studies to highlight how changes in organisational cohesion/effectiveness had significant impacts on the Northern Ireland Troubles and shows how the work on state militaries can help us understand non-state militaries.

Patrick teaches mainly in the area of strategic studies and conflict studies. He has previously worked on the British Army’s Higher Education Pathway as a content creator and assessor.

Currently, Patrick is unable to take on PhD students as supervisor.



Office: Room 103, Arts Building

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm

T: (0)1334 46 1927

‘Professionalization of a Nonstate Actor: A Case Study of the Provisional IRA.’ Armed Forces & Society 45, no. 2 (2019): 349-367.

‘Networks of Rebellion: explaining insurgent cohesion and collapse: a review’, in Parameters, Vol. 40, No. 3, Autumn 2016, pp 126-8.

‘Religious Motivation During the Troubles’ in St Antony’s International Review, Volume 12, Number 1, May 2016, pp. 53-75(23).

‘Remember the Northern Ireland Troubles…a busy time’ on Writing the Troubles available online

‘A further note on interviews: interviewing the ‘other’ and influences on the researcher’ on Writing the Troubles available online

Teaching 2020/21:

IR3029 – The Logic of Irregular Warfare

IR3045 – Violence in Divided Societies

IR5800 – Modern War and Strategy

New PGT Module – Military Effectiveness