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Email: ewilliams08@qub.ac.uk


Eleanor is a Politics and International Relations Tutor at Cardiff University. She passed her Viva in September 2022. Her PhD research analysed the ethics of state intelligence during the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Colombia. This research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Richard English and Dr. Andrew Thomson, funded by the Department For the Economy.


She has publsihed articles in Intelligence and National Security (co-authored with Dr. Thomas Leahy), and Critical Studies on Terrorism. She has also presented research on the intelligence war in Northern Ireland at national and international conferences as well as on the US podcast SpyCast.


This academic year Eleanor is a Tutor on intelligence studies, terrorism studies, introduction to international relations, the politics of violence and killing, British Politics, and introduction to globalisation. Eleanor has previosuly taught at Masters level at Cardiff University, and has also taught in the Seren Summer School, Jesus College, Oxford.


She is particularly interested in: intelligence; terrorism; conflict legacy; and the intertwining relationship between terrorism and intelligence activities. 


Eleanor is a member of the Women's Intelligence Network [WIN], ECPR Standing Group for Political Violence and the North American Society for Intelligence History [NASIH].


Prior to joining Queen's University Belfast, Eleanor studied at Cardiff University at an undergraduate and master's level. She was awarded a Master's Excellence Scholarship for her master's and won the award for the highest MScEcon Dissertation mark at Cardiff University.



  • During July 2021, Eleanor taught intelligence studies on the Seren Summer School with Jesus College Oxford. The Seren Summer School's aim is to widen access for Welsh pupils to the UK's top universities. During the Summer School, Eleanor taught intelligence studies in lectures, seminars and tutorials.


  • Final-year undergraduate, 'Bombs, Bullets and Ballot Boxes: The Northern Ireland Conflict', at Cardiff University.


  • Conflict and Peace: Northern Ireland, 1969 to 2020, at Cardiff University (International Relations Masters students).
  • Politics in and about Northern Ireland since 1998, at Cardiff University (Politics and Public Policy and Welsh Politics Masters students).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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