Philip McDonagh

Philip McDonagh is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Dublin City University and Director of the Centre for Religion, Human Values, and International Relations.  The Centre undertakes projects of engaged research in partnership with churches and faith communities on the island of Ireland and in Europe. As a diplomat, Philip was involved in the Northern Ireland peace process in the build-up to the Good Friday Agreement (as Political Counsellor and deputy Head of Mission in London). Later he served as ambassador to India, the Holy See, Finland, and Russia and as Permanent Representative to the OSCE.  

Philip was lead author of the evaluation report on DFID’s Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) in 2019  and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (Barcelona).  Philip is co-author of On the Significance of Religion for Global Diplomacy (Routledge, 2021).  His other publications include several poetry collections and Gondla, or the Salvation of the Wolves (Arlen House, 2016), a translation of Nikolay Gumilev’s Irish-themed verse drama. 


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