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Dr Cathal McCall

(PhD Strathclyde)

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Teaching Areas:

  • European Cultural Identities
  • Ireland and Europe

Research Interests:

  • Debordering and rebordering the EU
  • EU border regions
  • Cross-border cooperation and conflict transformation

PhD supervision:

First supervisor for PhD research on: ‘Fortress Europe’ and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla (awarded, 2011); borders and conflict in North Belfast (awarded, 2011); evaluating EU Peace programmes (ongoing); post-conflict cross-border co-operation in Ireland (awarded, 2012);  the Chinese/Loyalist/Republican interfaces of South Belfast (awarded, 2013); criminal justice and youth gangs in England and Canada (ongoing); ethno-religious political parties in Lebanon and Northern Ireland (ongoing); immigration policy in the Netherlands (awarded, 2010); peace filmmaking in Kashmir and Northern Ireland (ongoing); and NGOs and contested migrants on the US-Mexico border (ongoing).



2014  The European Union and Peacebuilding: The Cross-Border Dimension. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010  Ireland and Europe: Europeanisation and Hibernicisation (co-editor with Thomas M. Wilson). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2001  Identity in Northern Ireland: Communities, Politics and Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Recent Journal Articles

2013  ‘European Union Cross-Border Cooperation and Conflict Amelioration’,pp. 197-216 in Space and Polity vol. 17,no.2.

2011  ‘Culture and the Irish Border: Spaces for Conflict Transformation’,pp. 201-221in Cooperation and Conflict, vol. 46,no.2.

2008  ‘Escaping the Cage of Ethno-National Conflict in Northern Ireland? The Importance of Transnational Networks’ (with Liam O’Dowd), pp. 81-99 in Ethnopolitics,vol.7,no.1.

2008    ‘Hanging Flower Baskets, Blowing in the Wind? Third Sector Groups, Cross-Border Partnerships and the EU Peace Programmes in Ireland’ (with Liam O’Dowd),pp. 29-54 in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol.14 no. 1.

Selected Book Chapters

2012  'De-Bordering and Re-bordering the United Kingdom' in Hastings Donnan and Thomas M. Wilson (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Border Studies. London: Blackwell.

2011  ‘Building Peace and Crossing Borders: The North/South Dimension’ (with Katy Hayward and Ivo Damkat), pp. 191-208 in Maria Power (ed.), Building Peace in Northern Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

2007  ‘Creating Border Space in Ireland: an EU approach to Ethno-national Threat and Insecurity’, pp. 61-77 in Warwick Armstrong and James Anderson (eds.), Geopolitics of European Union Enlargement: The Fortress Empire. London: Routledge.

2007  ‘The Voluntary Sector: New Patterns of Co-operation’ (with Liam O’Dowd) pp. 125-152 in John Coakley and Liam O’Dowd (eds.), Crossing the Border: New Relationships Between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Film Documentary:

The Border (Writer, Presenter, Co-producer). First broadcast on RTÉ 1, 4th September 2007. 

Current Research Grant:

EU Framework 7 project EUBORDERSCAPES Bordering, Political Landscapes and Social Arenas:

Potentials and Challenges of Evolving Border Concepts in a post-Cold War World. Project selected under Scheme: Large Scale Collaborative Project, Call identifier FP7-SSH-2011-1, SSH-2011-4.2.1 The evolving concept of borders. I am the QUB team leader and am Workpackage (WP) leader for the WP Cross-Border Co-operation and Conflict. The QUB team received €300,000 in funding with the project receiving €8,000,000 in total. The project runs from 2012 to 2016.