Peter O'Reilly
Associate Lecturer



Peter joined the Department of Politics in January 2019 as an Associate Lecturer, where he also recently completed his PhD (submitted and awaiting examination). Peter holds an MA in Conflict Governance and Development from the University of York and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s University Belfast.
Broadly, Peter’s research sits between the fields of international political economy and African studies, with a particular interest in the political economy of regionalism and trade governance in Africa.



Peter recently completed his PhD thesis which examined the dynamics of regionalism and trade governance in the East African Community (EAC). The thesis examined how the EAC’s regional integration and cooperation agenda, which was initially conceived to support a programme of market-led integration, has increasingly come into conflict with an emerging agenda for state-led development in the region. The research for this thesis drew upon three months of fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania, where Peter conducted interviews with regional stakeholders, alongside archival and documentary research.



For the 2019/20 academic year, Peter is teaching on the following modules:

  • What is Politics
  • Introduction to International Politics


  • The Politics of Global Trade (convenor)

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Mr Peter O'Reilly
Associate Lecturer
Department of Politics
University of York
Heslington Lane
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323779

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