Peter O'Reilly is a Lecturer in International Relations and Politics. He joined LJMU in April 2020 as a Research Associate, working on the AHRC funded project 'Regionalism in East Africa, c.1900 to present', before being appointed to his current role in January 2022. Prior to that he was an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Politics, University of York, where he also completed his PhD in 2019.
Broadly, his research interests are on the political economy of trade and regional integration in Africa, with a specific focus on the East African region. His current research focuses on three areas. One explores the growing tensions that have emerged in recent years between state-led development strategies and regional integration in the East African Community, which he is currently writing a research monograph on. A second is examining civil society engagement in the East African Community, looking specifically at why civil society networks mobilise and advocate for issues through regional institutions. This work forms part of the research he conducted on the AHRC funded project mentioned above. A final, and more recent area of research, is exploring the politics of local pharmaceutical production in Africa in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This research is in collaboration with Peg Murray-Evans and Jake Wood at the University of York.
2019, University of York, United Kingdom, PhD in Politics and International Relations
2015, University of York, United Kingdom, Masters in Conflict, Governance and Development
2014, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom, BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Lecturer in International Relations and Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Research Associate, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - 2022
Associate Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of York, 2019 - 2020
O'Reilly P. 2023. African regionalism, economic nationalism and the contested politics of social purpose: The East African Community and the ‘new developmentalism’ Journal of Modern African Studies, 61 :49-71 DOI Publisher Url Public Url
Murray-Evans P, O'Reilly P. 2022. Complex norm localization: from price competitiveness to local production in East African Community pharmaceutical policy European Journal of International Relations, DOI Publisher Url Public Url
O’Reilly P, Heron T. 2022. Institutions, ideas and regional policy (un-)coordination: The East African Community and the politics of second-hand clothing Review of International Political Economy, DOI Publisher Url Public Url
O'Reilly P, Vaughan C. 2020. East African integration is alive – even though leaders haven’t been united over COVID-19 Publisher Url
O'Reilly P. 2020. A ‘Made in Africa’ response to COVID-19 must address economic nationalism Publisher Url