Dr Selina O'Doherty
Honorary Lecturer
College of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: (01792) 513607

Selina completed her PhD at the University of South Wales. Her thesis “Harming by degrees: the responsibility to pre-emptively protect future victims of climate change” focused on transnational harm and intergenerational justice. Prior to her PhD she completed an MScEcon in Postcolonial Politics at Aberystwyth University and a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from Dublin City University. Her current research is in the area of activism and the duty of assistance. She is a member of BISA, ISA, EISA and the Climate Ethics network.

Areas of Expertise

  • Power and Resistance in International Relations
  • Climate justice
  • Political Agency, Responsibility and Duty
  • Climate change and intergenerational justice
  • Human rights and Humanitarian intervention
  • Postcolonial politics
  • The Third World and the Politics of Development
  • Harm in World Politics
  • Foucault and International Relations


  • HUA206 Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

    This module introduces and critically explores contemporary warfare and conflict, from post WWII up to the present War on Terror. It considers the de-colonization/independence wars; the Cold War proxy conflicts; post-1990 New Wars and the War on Terror.

  • PO-3117 Politics and International Development

    This module explores the role of politics or political science as a distinct social science discipline in the study of international development. It explores key theories from politics/political science that are relevant to the study of international development, their real world applications and the debates to which they give rise. The module also examines the politics/political science underpinnings of key policy debates within leading institutions tasked with promoting international development (including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The module examines the role of the state, the market and civil society in promoting international development and at the value and limitations of this triadic model.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-M77 Monitoring & Impact Evaluation for International Development

    Engineering solutions are designed to make an impact in the real world, and for many engineering solutions for the developing world this impact is ultimately poverty reduction and enhancing the quality of people's lives. But how and when do we measure the anticipated impact of an intervention. When do we know if something really has worked and made a difference? And will thinking about the impact - and how to measure this - help us to better understand the present or pre-intervention state - the base-line condition. And equally important, once the intervention is under way, how can we ensure that all actors work according to plan and that both contingencies and unexpected developments are detected and dealt with rather than derailing the process. A rigorous and scientific approach to monitoring and evaluation is key to achieve the gold standard in development interventions.

  • PO-M78 Tools for International Development

    This module is a practical skills-orientated course aimed at enhancing the planning and management capabilities of those already working in development or wishing to become development professionals. An important focus is on skills acquisition, and there is a strong emphasis on student-led learning, planning exercises, individual and group presentations, and case-study work. It is the only module open for non-engineers in the Semester 2 streams. It builds on some of skills acquired in Semester 2 module 'Monitoring & Impact Evaluation" but also introduces a whole set of new tools for international development, aimed to increase the success rate and impact of any development intervention, whether of an engineering nature or social or economic one.