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Professor Michael Kerr

Professor Michael Kerr

Professor of Conflict Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security

Contact details


Michael Kerr is a professor of Conflict Studies in the Department of War Studies and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies. He is a graduate of Essex University (BA Hons Political Science), and the London School of Economics (MSc Government; PhD International History) where he was Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2007-08. He is the author of five books on regulating political conflict in Lebanon and Northern Ireland.

Research Interests

  • Power-sharing and third party intervention in divided societies
  • Civil war
  • Peace processes
  • Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Northern Ireland 


  • Michael Kerr: Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution (with Are Knudsen) with Hurst & Co in 2012.
  • Michael Kerr (2011) The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland's Lost Peace Process; Irish Academic Press Ltd 
  • ‘Lebanon: the Hybridity of a Confessional State', Routledge Handbook on Regionalism and Federalism (London: Routledge, 2013) (with Amal Hamdan).
  • ‘Northern Ireland’, The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics, (OUP, 2012).
  • Efraim Karsh, Michael Kerr, Rory Miller (2010) Conflict, Diplomacy and Society in Israeli-Lebanese Relations  Routledge. [Edited book in print]


PhD Supervision

Professor Kerr welcomes PhD applications concerned with power-sharing and third party intervention in divided societies, civil war, and peace processes, particularly with reference to Lebanon, Syria and Iran.


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