Orla Lehane is a PhD candidate at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. She is interested in popular culture and international relations, and is using  classic grounded theory to explore the area of countering (online) violent extremism.

This research is supported by the Irish Research Council.

Orla has a background in arts education, having worked in education roles at Fighting Words, a creative writing centre for children and teenagers in Dublin, and at Amnesty International Ireland and Front Line Defenders.

Orla has an MA in International Relations from DCU (2006) and a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin.headstuff button

When she is not reading and writing about  grounded theory and animation, Orla enjoys travelling, aerial hoop and watching movies. She occasionally contributes to Headstuff and Creating Rights, and posts pictures of her travels here and tweets here.  She is currently trying to learn how to hula hoop.


August 2014 – Violent Online Extremism: Setting a Research Agenda.  King’s College, London

November 2014 – Violence: A Conference on Comics, Leeds Central Library, UK

November 2014 – Popular Culture and World Politics 7.0, University of Ottawa, Canada

February 2015 – International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

March 2015 – Disappearing War: Cinema and the Politics of Erasure in the War on Terror, University of Reading, UK

August 2015 – European Network of Comparative Literary Studies 6th Biennial Congress, Dublin City University & National University of Ireland, Galway.


March 2016 – International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA


Breslin, Andrea & Lehane, Orla. (2015) ‘A Theatre of War – Setting the Stage for a Critical Reflection on human Rights Violations in Armed Conflict.‘  Creating Rights, 6 February.

Lehane, Orla. (2014) ‘Never Alone in Iran.’ In: Thompson, Gemma.  (2014)  A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone: Inspiring true tales from solo women travellers.  

Lehane, Orla. (2014) ‘Pleasing Petra.’ U Magazine, 14 October. 

Lehane, Orla (2014)  The Last Hijack – Animation in Documentary Filmmaking.

Lehane, Orla (2014)  Comics Unmasked – Art and Anarchy in the UK.

Lehane, Orla (2012) ‘Lost in Imagination: An Interview with Carlo Gébler.’ Inis Children’s Books Ireland Magazine. Summer 2012.

Khoo, Su-ming, Orla Lehane. (2008) ‘Globalisation and the re-imagination of research, teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education.’ Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review Issue 7, Autumn 2008: 18-34.