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This experts directory is a searchable database of Queen’s academics who are interested in talking to the media about their areas of expertise.

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Ambassador Andrew Heyn CMG OBE

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Senior diplomat who served as UK Consul-General in Hong Kong (2016-20) and Ambassador to Myanmar (2009-13).

Expertise: Hong Kong; Hong Kong Protests; Sino-British Joint Declaration; Hong Kong National Security Law; Myanmar (Burma); Aung San Suu Kyi; Rohingya; China foreign policy; US/China relations; Popular uprisings; sanctions policy; UK Foreign Policy; diplomacy

Dr Chenchen Zhang

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

Dr Zhang's research focuses on the politics and international relations of China, citizenship and migration, and critical geopolitics. She is particularly interested in nationalism and racism on social media, popular geopolitics, and the datafication of governance in contemporary China.

Expertise: Politics and international relations of China, Chinese social media, digital nationalism, race and racism in China, social credit systems

Dr Elodie Fabre

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

Dr Elodie Fabre is a lecturer in politics and international studies within the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

Expertise: UK politics, devolution, and political parties, and citizen participation and democratic innovations (referendums, citizens’ assemblies/juries), as well as French politics. She speaks fluently in English and French.

Dr Gemma Carney

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Dr Carney’s work research aims to further our understanding of ageing and older people, cultural gerontology, politics of ageing or gender scholars with an interest in ageing societies.

Expertise: Gerontology, Politics of ageing, Social Policy, Ageing

Dr Peter Doran

School of Law, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI)

Dr Doran has worked as a consultant writer with the UN Climate Change Convention, going back to the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol, and has written on the topics of climate change; mindfulness; environmental governance and activism on the island of Ireland; rights of nature, including a recent book on the 'mindful commons and the attention economy'. He has worked in NGOs and in parliamentary settings on both sides of the border, and at the United Nations.

Expertise: Climate change, mindfulness, environmental governance and activism on the island of Ireland, rights of nature, Brexit

Dr Tristan Sturm

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr Sturm’s research is on conspiracy theories, apocalyptic though, and sectarian politics and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Israel and Palestine.

Expertise: Conspiracy theories; apocalypse; covid-19; coronavirus; emotions; sectarian reconciliation; Israel and Palestine.

Professor David Phinnemore

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

Professor Phinnemore is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading academic experts on the European Union and Brexit, particularly in relation to Northern Ireland.

Expertise: European Union, Brexit, Northern Ireland, Politics, International relations

Professor Katy Hayward

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Professor Katy Hayward is a sought-after expert on Brexit, the Irish border and the peace process, and a leading political sociologist on the island of Ireland.

Expertise: 1998 Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement; Border management; Brexit; Cross-border conflict and cooperation; EU integration; Irish border; Northern Ireland politics and society; Peace and conflict processes; Political sociology;

Professor Lee McGowan

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor McGowan’s research focuses on European Politics. Over the last two decades, he has developed an international reputation for expertise in the politics of competition policy and produced the first major work from political science on the EU competition regime.

Expertise: European Union, EU governance, European competition policy, far right, Brexit

Professor Philip McGowan

School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL)

Professor McGowan is President of the European Association for American Studies and his research analyses the intersections of literature, politics, history and culture in the United States.

Expertise: American/US culture and literature

Professor Richard English

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor Richard English is an internationally recognised historian, academic and author having conducted extensive research in Irish politics and history, political violence and terrorism.

Expertise: terrorism, political violence, Irish politics and history