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Philip Rivers

"An oral history of the transgender movement in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Rights, Recognition and the Law"


Philip is a PhD Student based at the School of Law and is a Postgraduate Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. Prior to beginning his PhD, Philip studied an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice, also at the School of Law and was the only student to achieve a distinction in the 2017/18 year group. Philip also holds an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance from the Ulster Business School at Ulster University, Jordanstown which he completed from 2016-2017. He previously received a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice with first class honours from Ulster University, Jordanstown.


Using an oral history methodology, his project will explore the transgender movement in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The foundation for the study is a detailed empirical history of the respective social and legal equality campaigns on both sides of the border. This will be harnessed to analysis of the relevant socio-legal and trans theory literature. The aim of the thesis is thus twofold: to illuminate an understudied area within socio-legal studies and human rights; and to test the implications for scholarship of uncoupling the relevant gender-focused theories (trans, feminist and queer). Philip's additional research interests include crime and the media, penal policy, corporate governance and LGBTQ victimization including domestic violence. He completed his LLM dissertation on the tabloid media representation of transgender prisoners and hopes to publish this at a later date.



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