Dr Anthony Costello


Anthony’s primary research interests lie in European Union (EU) integration and governance with a specific focus on intergovernmental negotiations and the dynamics of inter-state preference bargaining. His research also explores the role of national civil servants in EU decision-making. Anthony’s secondary research interests extend to Irish-EU relations and Europeanisation processes.

Anthony’s teaching interests include theories of European integration and governance, history of the EU and policy/treaty making processes in the EU. Anthony’s wider teaching interests include comparative European government and politics, conflict and conflict resolution studies and Irish and Northern Irish politics.

Anthony is currently a member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and is a board member of the Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (IACES). Anthony also acts as secretary and online media strategist for IACES. In addition to his formal academic research outputs, he contributes regularly to the London School of Economics’ (LSE) BREXIT and EUROPP blogs and the PSAI’s Irish Politics Forum.

Anthony holds a PhD from University College Cork. His PhD dissertation explored Ireland’s role in negotiating the 2012 Fiscal Stability Treaty (Fiscal Compact). He also holds an MSc in Nationalism and Ethno-Communal Conflict Resolution from University College Dublin and a joint major B.A in Politics and Philosophy from University College Dublin.

Anthony has recently completed both a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher education from UCC.



Anthony Costello

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Lecturer (part-time)



Department of Government & Politics

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