Staff Profile:Mr Patrick Finnegan

Name:
Mr Patrick Finnegan
Job Title:
Teaching Fellow in Strategic Studies
Responsibilities:

Convenor:

  • PO2WAP: War and Peace since 1800
  • PO2COS: Contemporary strategy
  • PO3STH: Strategic Theory
  • PIM69: Strategic Theorists
  • PIM71: Origins of War and Peace

Shared/Teaching:

  • PO1IRS - International Relations and Strategic Studies
  • PO3BFD: British Foreign and Defence Policy Since 1945
Areas of Interest:
  • Terrorism/Counter Terrorism
  • Strategic Studies
  • Military Sociology
Research groups / Centres:
Publications:

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

Biography

Patrick joined the Department in September 2017 and primarily teaches strategic studies. Although his research interests are varied, the primary areas of concern are terrorism and military sociology, particularly the potential overlap between the two. Patrick's work has focused on applying cohesion studies, particularly professionalism, to non-state actors in an effort to explain their development.

Prior to joining the Department Patrick taught a number of topics and the University of Exeter. These included: American Politics, Strategic Studies, Rising Powers: peace and conflict, and the Changing Character of Warfare. He also designed and produced a Strategic Studies module for the University of Hertfordshire.

Patrick has also contributed to military education 'short courses' based on his research on Counter Insurgency and Terrorism in Northern Ireland. These courses have included serving military personnel and defence related civil servants.

Impact and Outreach

Patrick has been involved with a number of events which seek to introduce students to real world applications of strategy and attempts to devise solutions to real world problems. Most successful of these has been Grand Challenges where students have been given the resources they needed to understand and provide solutions for real life problems. Some of these solutions have been suggested to the government for consideration.

Through his research Patrick has also directly engaged with many former combatants from the Northern Irish Troubles. These have included former military and paramilitary. Particular groups have been the Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association as well as former Republican prisoners groups. Patrick has also provided insight for those supporting government select committees and the media.

Contact Details

Email:
p.finnegan@reading.ac.uk
Building:
Edith Morley 305

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