Dr. Sean Byrne

Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies

Areas of interest/specialization

  • Ethnic conflicts
  • conflict and development
  • peace education
  • culture and peacebuilding
  • women and peacebuilding
  • creativity in peacebuilding
  • critical and emancipatory peacebuilding
  • social justice
  • Northern Ireland conflict
  • children and war
  • international peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • violence
  • human rights
  • critique of peace and conflict studies
  • peacebuilding practices
  • peace leadership

Dr. Sean Byrne has served as Director of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice (2003-2018), Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Ph.D. Program (2005-2014), and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Joint M.A. Program (2009-2014). His publications include more than 100 articles and book chapters as well as eleven books. He is a former vice-president of the International Sector of SPIDR (1997-1999). He was also co-Chair and board member of NCPCR (2001-2005), and Chair of the Peace Studies section of ISA (2004-2006), He was a consultant on the decommissioning of weapons in the Northern Ireland peace process to the Special Advisor to An Taoiseach, Dublin, Ireland. He is a consultant on the Northern Ireland peace process to the Senior Advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Peace and Conflict Studies.

Dr. Byrne is the recipient of 5 teaching and mentoring awards including a University of Manitoba teaching awards certificate (2018), Faculty of Graduate Studies award for excellence in graduate student mentoring (2017) as well as a University of Manitoba outreach award (2017), and the St. Paul’s College memorial endowment fund award (2018). He has conducted HRSDC, USIP and SSHRC funded research in Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia. Dr. Byrne is a native of the island of Ireland.


Ph.D., International Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
M.A., International Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
M.S.Sc., Irish Political Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
B.A., European Studies, The University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Other Education:
Theodore Lentz Post-Doctoral Peace Fellow, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1994-1995
Program on Negotiation workshop Certificate, Harvard University, 2019
TRANSCEND Certificate of Training in Inter-Ethnic Conflict, 2002
Florida Family Mediation Certificate, DCAR, Nova Southeastern University, 1995
Certificate of Achievement in Creative Conflict Management, PARC, Syracuse University, 1995
Certificate of Achievement in International Peace Studies, PARC, Syracuse University, 1993
Certificate in Political Psychology, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, July 19-August 15, 1992

Recent books

  • Sean Byrne, Tom Maytok, Imani Michelle Scott, and Jessica Senehi (Eds.) (2019) Companion to the handbook of peace and conflict studies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • Stan Amaladas and Sean Byrne (Eds.) (2017) Peace leaders: The quest for connectedness. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Tom Matyok, Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne (Eds.) (2014) Peace on earth: The role of religion in peace and conflict studies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Sean Byrne and Jessica Senehi. (2012) Violence: Analysis, intervention and prevention. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.
  • Tom Maytok, Jessica Senehi & Sean Byrne (Eds.) (2011) Critical issues in peace and conflict studies: Implications for theory, practice, and pedagogy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Recent articles and chapters

  • Sean Byrne and Charles Thiessen. (2019). Foreign peacebuilding intervention and emancipatory local agency for social justice. In Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyok, Imani Michelle Scott, and Jessica Senehi. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies (pp. 131-142). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Sean Byrne, Robert Mizzi, and Nancy Hansen. (2018). Living in a liminal peace: Where is the social justice for LGBTQ and disability communities living in post peace accord Northern Ireland? Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, 27(1): 24-52.
  • Charles Thiessen and Sean Byrne. (2017). Proceed with caution: Research production and uptake in conflict-affected countries. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 13(1): 1-15.
  • Aziz Rahman, Mary Anne Clarke, and Sean Byrne. (2017). The art of breaking people down: The British colonial model in Ireland and Canada. Peace Research, 49(2): 15-38.
  • Sean Byrne. (2017). International mediation: Some observations and reflections. In Alexia Georgakopoulos. (Ed.) The mediation handbook: Research, theory and practice (pp. 336-343). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Saad Khan and Sean Byrne. (2016). Economic assistance, development and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. Development in Practice, 26(8): 1013-1023.

Dr. Sean Byrne

Dr. Sean Byrne
Phone: 204.474.7979
Fax: 204.474.8828
Email: Sean_Byrne@umanitoba.ca
Office: Room 304, St. Paul’s College