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Prof (Emeritus) James Anderson

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Prof (Emeritus) James Anderson (Extended Information)

Professor (Emeritus) of Political Geography, Co-Investigator (Part-Time) on ESRC ‘Divided Cities’ Project 2007-12



School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 3361

Current Administrative Roles:

Co-Director, Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR)
Co-Director, Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis & Research (C-STAR)

Current Research:

Society, Space and Culture

Research interests in geopolitics and political territoriality – hegemony, democracy, state borders, national conflicts. Currently working on ethno-nationally divided cities (with Prof. Liam O’Dowd, Sociology, QUB); on Belfast’s demography through the ‘Troubles’ (with Dr. Ian Shuttleworth, Geography, QUB); and on capitalism’s threat to ecology and the political responses to it (with Dr. James Goodman, International Relations, University of Technology, Sydney).


Imperial Ethnocracy and Demography: Foundations of ethno-national conflict in Belfast and Jerusalem. In Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Everyday, W. Pullan and B. Baillie (eds.) 2013, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 195-213.

Rundale and Social Revolution in Nineteenth Century Donegal, in An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal, J. Mac Laughlin and S. Beattie (eds.) 2013, Cork: Cork University Press, 182-7.   

Borders in the New Imperialism. In T. Wilson and H. Donnan (eds.) 2012, A Companion to Border Studies. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 139-157.

Transnational Democracy. In B. Isakhan and S. Stockwell (eds.) 2012, The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 467-478.

Democracy and Territoriality: Ethno-national conflict and the necessity of democratic trespass. In I. Filibi, N. Cornago and J. Frosini (eds.) 2011, Democracy with(out) Nations? Old and new foundations for political communities in a changing world, Bilbao: Univ. of the Basque Country Press, 129-157.

Sectarian demography: Dubious discourses of ethno-national conflict. In K. Hayward and C. O’Donnell (eds.) Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating peace in Northern Ireland, London and New York: Routledge, 2011, 160-176 (with O. McEldowney and I. Shuttleworth).

'Partition, consociation, border-crossing: Some lessons from the national conflict in Ireland/Northern Ireland', Nations and Nationalism, 14, 1, 2008, 85-104.

'Imperialism and Nationalism: The Home Rule struggle and border creation in Ireland, 1885-1925', (with Liam O'Dowd) Political Geography, Vol 26, No 8, 934-950, November 2007.

‘Transnational Democracy for European Diversity’ (Position Paper commissioned by the Council of Europe), published in Kevin Robins (ed.) The Challenge of Transcultural Diversities, pp. 81-97, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2006.

'American hegemony after September 11: Allies, rivals and contradictions', Geopolitics, Vol. 8 (3), 35-60 - Special Issue on '11 September and its Aftermath: The Geopolitics of Terror', 2003.

‘Questions of democracy, territoriality and globalization, Chapter 1 (pp. 6-38) in James Anderson (ed.)Transnational Democracy: Political spaces and border crossings, Routledge, London and New York, 2002.

External Grant Funding:

ESRC Large Grant - 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Everyday Life and the Possibilities of Transformation in Belfast, Jerusalem and Other Divided Cities'. Co-investigator, with Dr W. Pullan, University of Cambridge, Prof. M. Dumper, University of Exeter, and Prof. L. O'Dowd, Queen's Belfast. £3.2 million: October 2007 - September 2012.

ESRC New Security Challenges Research Programme, Stage 2 Project - ‘Conflict in Cities: Architecture and Urban Order in Divided Jerusalem’. Co-investigator, with Dr Pullan, Cambridge, and Dr. Dumper, Exeter. £111,122, August 2005 – July 2007.

EU-funded: ‘Mapping Frontiers, Plotting Pathways: Routes to North-South Cooperation in a Divided Island'. Part of large multi-disciplinary team drawn mainly from Queen’s and University College Dublin. € 570,000 - April 2004 to February 2006.

ESRC-funded: ‘Political demography: the Northern Ireland Census, discourse and territoriality’. Principal investigator, with Dr Shuttleworth and Dr Lloyd. £39,350: October 2003–September 2004.

Additional Information:

Visiting Research Fellowship, 2007 Term 2, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), and Visiting Fellow Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Senior Research Fellow, in 2004-2005, in the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, Queen’s University Belfast.