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Email: ewilliams08@qub.ac.uk

Eleanor is a Doctoral Researcher in International Studies at the School of HAPP, under the supervision of Professor Richard English and Dr Andrew Thomson, funded by the Department For the Economy.

Eleanor's research focuses on the ethical implications of state intelligence activities during the Northern Irish and Colombian conflicts, and the impact such activities had on the peace processes. She is particularly interested in the intertwining relationship between terrorism and intelligence activities, and how they impact each other. 

Prior to joining Queen's University Belfast, Eleanor studied at Cardiff University at an undergraduate and master's level, during which she was awarded Master's Excellence Scholarship.



  • 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