Open to PhD applications in;
- Constitutional law and theory
- Democracy and participation
- New technology
- Smart cities
- Algorithmic government
- The legal profession and judges
See also LINCS programme at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/Research/LINCS/
Current Research Opportunities
Public outreach & key achievements
Professor Morison was a previously a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, University College London, Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (supported by a grant from the British Academy) a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, a research fellow at the Institute of Governance at QUB supported by a grant from the Royal Irish Academy, and in 2007-08 a Visiting Research Chair at the Law School in the Universiteit of Utrecht. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and has been or is currently an external examiner for universities in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, as well as for a number of continental PhDs.
In 2005 Professor Morison was appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission and re-appointed for a further four years from 2008-12. He was an Independent Board Member of the Legal Services Agency which funds legal aid in Northern Ireland from 2013-18. In March 2009 he was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He served as a member of its Academic Board as well as the chair of the Academy's Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee from 2014 to 2018. In 2015 he led the RIA's Ethics and Opinion Series within the President of Ireland's Ethics Inititative and in 2016 organised the RIA's Constitutional Conversations series.
In 2018 he was invited to join the RIA's Policy Oversight Group, where he is currently chairing a review of Early Career Provision in Ireland, and he was co-opted to the RIA Council in 2018. A previous Head of the School of Law, he was also Director of Internationalisation until 2016, and in this role was a founder of the innovative Juris Doctorate (JD) degree which attracts students from across the world to QUB. He was appointed as the Law School's "REF Champion" in October 2016 and was Programme Coordinator for the Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on CyberSecurity (LINCS) which has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science, and remains on its managment group.
More than 20 successful supervisions.
Alumni: Where are they now
Adam Harkens (graduated 2019) University of Birmingham.
Jennifer Cobbe (graduated 2018) - Coordinator of Cambridge University's Trust & Technology Initiative
Avila Kilmurry (graduated 2009) - Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland from 1994 until 2015, Honorary Professor in the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University