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Dr Peter John McLoughlin
(PhD Queen’s University Belfast)

Contact Details 
Room 025.01.005 
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3109

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Teaching Areas
The politics of deeply divided societies; political violence, terrorism and security; Irish/Northern Ireland politics; the politics of the devolved UK

Research Interests  
My research background is in Irish history and politics, with particular emphasis on British-Irish relations and the Northern Ireland problem. However, more recent work has drawn upon broader theories of ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, showing how these can be applied to Northern Ireland specifically. I have also conducted research on the role that external actors such as the EU and US government can play in conflict resolution. More recently, I have begun to look at devolution as a means to accommodate national differences in the UK context, but also how the recent referendum on Scottish independence and proposed referendum on UK membership of the EU might affect such efforts.

Research Supervision
I am happy to supervise research students in areas related to the research interests outlined above, as well on subjects concerning ethnic conflict, political violence, peace-making and the accommodation of ethno-national difference more generally. Current and recently completed PhD supervision projects include:

  • the role of the Carter administration in the Northern Ireland problem;
  • comparing the Northern Ireland and Columbian peace processes
  • consociational government and community relations in Northern Ireland
  • borders and conflict in North Belfast

Selected Publications
Book/Book Chapters:  


  • McLoughlin, P.J., “‘The first major step in the peace process’? Exploring the impact of the Anglo-Irish Agreement on Irish republican thinking”, Irish Political Studies, 29:1,2014
  • McLoughlin, P. J. (with D. Phinnemore, L. McGowan, L., and C. McCall), “Northern Ireland – 40 Years of EU Membership”, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 8: 4, 2012; pp. 563-70
  • McLoughlin, P. J. (with D. Schubotz, and M. Melaugh), ‘Archiving qualitative data in the context of a society coming out of conflict: the case of Northern Ireland’, FQS – Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:3, 2011
  • McLoughlin, P. J. (with E. Hepburn), ‘Celtic Nationalism and Supranationalism: Comparing Scottish and Northern Ireland Party Responses to Europe’, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 13:3, 2011, pp. 383-399 
  • McLoughlin, P.J., ‘The SDLP and the Europeanization of the Northern Ireland Problem’, Irish Political Studies, 24:4, 2009
  • McLoughlin, P.J., ‘Horowitz’s Theory of Ethnic Party Competition and the Case of the SDLP, 1970-79’, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14:4, 2008
  • McLoughlin, P.J., “‘Dublin Is Just a Sunningdale Away”? The SDLP and the Failure of Northern Ireland’s Sunningdale Experiment’, Twentieth Century British History, 19:4, 2008
  • McLoughlin, P.J., ‘“Humespeak”: the SDLP, Political Discourse, and the Northern Ireland Peace Process’, Peace and Conflict Studies, 15:1, 2008
  • McLoughlin, P.J., Mark McNally and Robert Miller, ‘ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive): The Northern Ireland Qualitative Catalogue and Archive on the Conflict’, Irish Political Studies, 22:2, 2007 
  • McLoughlin, P.J. (with R. Miller),‘“Whatever you Say, Say Nothing”: The Issue of “Macro-Context” in the Construction of a Catalogue and Archive of Qualitative Material on the Northern Ireland Conflict’, Methodological Innovations Online, 1:2, 2006
  • McLoughlin, P.J., ‘“…it’s a United Ireland or Nothing”? John Hume and the Idea of Irish Unity, 1964-72’, Irish Political Studies, 21:2, 2006       

Other Publications:

  • McLoughlin, P.J. (principal author), ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive) Qualitative Catalogue on the Northern Ireland Conflict,