Dr Tristan Sturm
Senior Lecturer of Human Geography and Fellow of the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
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.
His research explores Covid-19 conspiracy theories in the USA, Belfast, and Berlin. He is particularly interested in the global network of conspiracy theory beliefs and the ways such theories manifest in real world politics. This paper has been cited in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Mother Jones website. He also works on questions of sectarian politics in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine. His work utilises an inventive methodology where Northern Irish paramilitary funerals were faked to foster reconciliation to purposely elicit strong emotions, thereby forcing participants to confront their own fears. He also researches the apocalyptic thought of Christian Zionists.
FieldsHuman Geography Politics
Areas of Expertise
Conspiracy theories; apocalypse; covid-19; coronavirus; emotions; sectarian reconciliation; Israel and Palestine.
- It's no coincidence that some of those storming the US Capitol were New Age conspiracists. 13 January 2021, The Journal.ie
- The end of the world is coming – just not this Saturday 23 September 2017 National Post (originally published in the Conversation)
- Blood Moon and Prophecies 27 September 2015 BBC Radio 4 Newshour