Jude Lal Fernando is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. He brings praxis-based experience to the academic context in the fields of interreligious studies and international peace studies. His main research interests are religion, peace, and conflict, with a specific focus on the role of interreligious dialogue in peace-building, and ethno-nationalisms and geopolitics, focusing on Sri Lanka in particular, and South Asia more generally.
He has authored two books and his research has been published as journal articles and book chapters, presented at international conferences in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Some of these have been translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Prior to his current appointment Dr. Fernando held a five-year research fellowship (2008-2013), conducting a comparative analysis of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka, and examining issues in interreligious dialogue, and the emerging currents of globalisation in Europe and Asia. This fellowship was funded by the three institutes in which he teaches - The Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE Trust), Trinity College, Carlow College, and The Priory Institute, Tallaght, Ireland.