PhD Research Students

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school. To view the profiles of our students, please click on the links below.

Anthropology Profiles
History Profiles
Philosophy Profiles
Politics Profiles

We are proud of the students who have graduated with their Doctorics.  Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School.

Graduate Anthropology Student Profiles
Graduated History Student Profiles
Graduated Philosophy Student Profiles
Graduated Politics Student Profiles

PhD Profiles Anthropology and Cognition and Culture

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Federica Banfi Movements in Argentine Tango: Improvisation and Transnationalism Maruska Svasek Ioannis Tsioulakis
Bryan Clancy Organised by Faith: The Wright Way to Evangelical Christianity and the Transformation of Culture in an “Urban Village” Joe Webster Dominic Bryan
Savannah Dodd Photography and the Politics of Representation during and after the Troubles Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Maruska Svasek
Karin Elliot Invisible Walls of Belfast, Visible Walls of Berlin Dominic Bryan Brendan Murtagh
Alexei Gavriel Conflict Ethnography: Towards Cultural Competence in Population-Centric Conflicts Hastings Donnan Marie O'Neill
Augusto Gazir Martins Soares Tracking Political Interactions on Social Media in Northern Ireland: The Impact of the Online for the Region Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Dominic Bryan
Hannah Gibson The Affective Potential of Sound in Visual Contexts in Relation to Outdoor Art and Sculpture and Acoustemology Ioannis Tsioulakis Fiona Magowan
Adam Gilreath Sacred Values, Identity Fusion and Conflict Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Jonathan Gregory

A musical ethnography of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

Fiona Magowan Ioannis Tsioulakis
Mathilde Hernu Aversion to Randomness: Religious and Spiritual Beliefs as a Mechanism to Reduce Discomfort while Faced with Uncertainty Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Panagiotis Loukinas "Data Gathering and Sharing from UAVs" of the Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society Hastings Donnan Paul Miller
Gary Lavery Social Exchange and The Modularity of Social Contract Algorithms Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Sinead Lynch Music, Peacebuilding and UNSCR 1325: Exploring the Use of Music Through the Guided Imagery with Music (GIM) Method in the Dialogue on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 Between the Women of Ireland North and South Fiona Magowan Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou
Chiara Magliacane Northern Irish Youth Trauma: Ethnography and Conflict Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Fiona Magowan
Allister Mallon The Observation and Analysis of Non-Religious Funerary Ritual Specialists in Northern Ireland With Reference to Contemporary Anthropological Theory and Studies on Funeral Practice Dominic Bryan Jon Lanman
Angela Mazzetti The Long-Term Impact of 'Growing-Up' during 'The Troubles' on Coping Behaviours Maruska Svasek Joe Webster
Jamie McCollum An Interdisciplinary Study of Kurdish Democratic Confederalism in Turkey Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Dominic Bryan
Alice Neeson Digital Media Practice for Reconciliation in Canada: The mediatisation of recognition and resistance Fiona Magowan Cathal McLaughlin
Harold Ohayon Northern Star: The Belfast Jewish Community Lisette Josephides Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou
Jacob Posega Musical Livelihoods: Life Histories of American Session Musicians Ioannis Tsioulakis Maruska Svasek
Kayla Rush Performance and Possibility in the Cracked Art World: Community Arts in Contemporary Northern Ireland Maruska Svasek Joe Webster
Amelia-Roisin Seifert Contemporary Native American Horse Culture in the Columbia Plateau Culture Area. Fiona Magowan John Knight
Conall Smyth The Northern Ireland Conflict, focusing on Social Identity, Sacred Values and Religion Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Anna Szabelska Religion, Violence and Newly Created Sacred Values Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Hugh Turpin Failing God: Investigating Religious Hypocrisy and Its Effect on Catholic Irish Apostasy Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Samuel Ward Porous Essences and Kin Contagion: Enthusiastic Ritual as Promoting Psychological Kinship Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Wanting Wu Dance towards Dialogue?: Tibetan Performance as Cultural Mediation between the Chinese State and the Tibetan Diaspora Fiona Magowan Pedro Rebelo
James Zimmermann III Language and Belonging in Wales: Community and Identity Among Welsh Speakers and Learners. Lisette Josephides Dominic Bryan
Mohaddeseh Ziyachi Mothering as a Cultural Model Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman

PhD Profiles History

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.


Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Robyn Atcheson Poverty, poor relief and public health in Belfast 1800 - 1851. Peter Gray Olwen Purdue
Mark Benson 'The provision of abortion in Northern Ireland, 1900 to 1968.' Mary O'Dowd Lisa Smyth
Jonathan Best Fiction from fact: the British spy novel and British intelligence, 1894-1963. Paul Corthorn Daniel Kowalsky
Morris Brodie Transatlantic Anarchism during the Spanish Civil War and Revolution, 1936-1939 Paul Corthorn Daniel Kowalsky
Lauren Browne The Posthumous Representation of Medieval Queens-Consort and Royal Paramours Christopher Marsh James Davis
Conor Campbell Press control in Northern Ireland during the Second World War Fearghal McGarry Marie Coleman
Robert Cotter John Cennick - Moravian Evangelist? Scott Dixon Crawford Gribben
Jack Crangle Ethnic Minority Communities in Twentieth Century Belfast Sean O'Connell Kieran Connell
Derek Crosby Contested Urban Spaces: Protest and Identity in Norwich, 1400 - 1800 James Davis Carl Griffin
Rosemary Cunningham Irish Quaker Family Businesses From the Start of the Eighteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (1700-1900) Mary O'Dowd Leonie Hannan
Gerald Daniel Louis The East India Company and the Transportation of Indian Convict Labor to the Straits Settlements, 1796 – 1858 Emma Reisz Ashok Malhotra
Shannon Devlin Protestant middle-class sibling relations in nineteenth-century Ulster Elaine Farrell Mary O'Dowd
Padraig Durnin Left Internationalism and the Ends of Empire: British Imperial Decline’s Affect in Shaping Internationalist Solidarity Movements Between 1956 and 1991 Kieran Connell Paul Corthorn
Scott Eaton The Witch’s Familiar: A Study of the Familiar Spirit in the Early Modern British Isles Crawford Gribben Stephen Kelly
Steven Egan The Commonwealth and the Irish Partition in Transnational Perspectives, 1920-1926 Margaret O'Callaghan Marie Coleman
James Isaac Fazio The Ecclesiological Center of John Nelson Darby’s Dispensationalism Crawford Gribben Scott Dixon
Matthew Gerth Anticommunism in Great Britain and the United States During the Early Cold War Period Paul Corthorn Alexander Titov
Laura Gillespie Contraband Camps and the Development of African-American Politics, 1860-1866 Brian Kelly Nik Ribianszky
Nadine Gilmore Queer Belfast: Social and Cultural Practices of Gay Men, Circa 1967-2006 Sean O'Connell Kieran Connell
Samantha Gowdy Race, Gender and Civil Rights: African American Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Brian Kelly Zoe Hyman
Bridget Harrison Public Perceptions of Women Religious: Irish and British Dialogue Mary O'Dowd Elaine Farrell
Barry Henderon The Forgotten Tycoon: James McHenry, The Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, and the Gilded Age of Robber Barons (1858-91) Catherine Clinton Brian Kelly
Peter Hodson Memory, Conflict and Class: The Experience and Legacy of Deindustrialisation in Belfast and North-East England Sean O'Connell Paul Corthorn
Robert Hodson Crime and Disorder in C17th English Ballads Christopher Marsh James Davis
Matthew Houston Religion in Northern Ireland during the Second World War Andrew Holmes Laurence Kirkpatrick
Paul Hughes 'The Irish republican activism of Laurence Ginnell, 1916-23' Marie Coleman Sean Connolly
Benjamin Huskinson Saving Eden: American Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Evangelical Market Crawford Gribben David Livingstone
Stuart Irwin Belfast Corporation, 1874-1896: managing a mature industrial city Olwen Purdue Paul Corthorn
Matthew Jackson Representing the Troubles: Contested history, critical museology, and conflict exhibitions Fearghal McGarry Debbie Lisle
Johanna Lowry O'Reilly Modern Irish History Marie Coleman Fearghal McGarry
Paul Lundy The Reception of Enoch Powell in Northern Ireland, 1968-1999 Paul Corthorn Graham Walker
Ryan Mallon A Godly Nation: Presbyterianism, Dissent and Scottish Society in the Decade after Disruption Andrew Holmes Graham Walker
Stuart Mathieson The Victoria Institute 1865-1930: A Case Study in the Relationship between Science and Religion Andrew Holmes Diarmid Finnegan
Emma McAlister Investigating the Impact of Perceived Provenance, Space and Appropriated Ritual Responses on the Understanding of Sacred Objects Leonie Hannan Mary O'Dowd
Rowena McCallum Friars, Identity and Space in Medieval Irish Towns James Davis Sparky Booker
Michelle McCann A Nineteenth Century Irish Coroner: William Charles Waddell (1846-1876) Peter Gray Olwen Purdue
Conleth McCloskey The Fullness of Time: The Cult of Collins in De Valera's Ireland,1932-1974 Fearghal McGarry Marie Coleman
Conor McFall Red Scare: Anti-Communism and the Labour Party in 20th Century Britain Paul Corthorn Christopher Marsh
Grace McGrath Power, Profit, Plantocracy and the 2nd Earl Belmore
Peter Gray Mary O'Dowd
Sarah McHugh A Study of Ireland’s Elderly Female Population, 1845 - 1909 Elaine Farrell Mary O'Dowd
Elizabeth McKee Clothing the Poor in Ulster, Circa 1850-1915 Elaine Farrell Olwen Purdue
Claire McNulty The Experience of Discipline Amongst the Community of the Faithful in Lothian, Scotland 1640 -1671 Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Rhianne Morgan Belfast Baths: Exploring and Interpreting the Historic Spaces of the Victorian Industrial City Olwen Purdue Tom Hulme
Fergal O'Leary  Soldiers, Politics and the Empire: Ireland, Egypt and the Sudan, 1882-1900 Peter Gray Eric Morier-Genoud
Daniel Patterson Becoming a Man in Restoration England: Two Young Diarists and their Social Environments 1663-1679 Christopher Marsh Mary O'Dowd
Harrison Perkins The Covenantal Structure of James Ussher's Theology Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Andrei Psarev The Limitsof Communion in the Byzantine Church (861-1300): A Study of Canon 15 of the First and Second Council in Constantinople (861) Eric Morier-Genoud  
Brigid Rafferty Caught in the Crossfire: Catholic Sisters in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles’ Mary O'Dowd Margaret O'Callaghan
Karie Schultz The Reception of Calvinist Resistance Theory in Early Seventeenth-Century Scotland Ian Campbell Crawford Gribben
Tim Somers 'John Bagford and the Collection of Cheap Print in Later Stuart Britain' Christopher Marsh Crawford Gribben
Matthew Stanton Charisma and Controversy: Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) and the Debate about Congregational Song  Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Lauren Taylor 'Emyr Estyn Evans and the cultural identity of Ulster, 1929 - 1969' Peter Gray Eamonn Hughes
Rachael Thomas International Responses to the Northern Irish Hunger Strikes, 1980/81 Richard English Fearghal McGarry
Ruth Thorpe Elite women and material culture in Ireland, 1760-1830 Mary O'Dowd Olwen Purdue
Rachel Wallace Love Triangle: The International Gay Rights Movement and Social Justice in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States    
David Whitla Fanatical Ideologue?  The Mind of Archibald Johnston of Wariston, 1611-1664 Crawford Gribben Scott Dixon
Lucy Wray National Museums Northern Ireland Northern Bridge Partnership Award:  The Photographer and the City Olwen Purdue Kieran Connell

PhD Profiles Philosophy

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.


Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Marco Barone Necessary Freedom - The Freedom of the Will in Immanuel Kant and Jonathan Edwards Joseph Diekemper Stephen Williams
Jamie Day Cybersecurity, Ethics and the Right to Privacy Tom Walker Kieran McLaughlin
Karin Elliot Invisible Walls of Belfast, Visible Walls of Berlin Dominic Bryan Brendan Murtagh
Kyle Shuttleworth Authenticity and Modernity: Finding Meaning in Freedom Keith Breen Cillian McBride
Suzanne Whitten Republican Non-Domination as a Response to Issues Surrounding Religious Offence in Liberal Societies Fabian Schuppert Cillian McBride
Hanhui Xu  Ethical Foundations to Commercial Surrogacy and Its Legislative Principles Tom Walker Jeremy Watkins

PhD Profiles Politics and International Studies

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.


Student Name PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Antonella Acinpura Middle East Politics (Political Violence in Israel/Palestine) Andrew Thomson Julie Norman
Siofra Frost Non-Aligned Communities in Divided Societies Beverley Milton-Edwards Timofey Agarin
Mazen Iwaisi Landscape Archaeology as Politicized Space in Israel-Palestine. A Comparative Case Study Beverley Milton-Edwards Audrey Horning
Matthew Kirk Media, Religion and Violence: Frames for Female Martyr Seekers Debbie Lisle Beverley Milton-Edwards
Anna Kruglova Marketing, propaganda and the jihadi threat in twenty-first century Europe Richard English  
Noel Martin How Far do Policing Experiences in Northern Ireland in 1968 -2001 Provide Insights which can be of High Value for those Looking at Policing Post-9/11 Divided Societies such as Iraq and Afghanistan    
Jessica Simonds Mitigating the Piratical Threat Through Institutions: Securitizing Piracy Across Land and Sea Heather Johnson Michael Bourne
Kyle Taggart The European Union, Treaty Obligations and Member-state Self Interest: The Hungarian Case Lee McGowan David Phinnemore
Allison Alyward A Critical Analysis: The Northern Ireland "Model" and the Colombian Peace Process Peter McLoughlin Katy Hayward
Sinan Baran Hegemony or a New Development Model? An Analysis of China’s International Development Policy Towards Africa: Case Study of China-Democratic Republic of Congo Relations Stefan Andreasson Andrew Thomson
Samuel Beckton The Lost Tribe: The Transformation of the Southern Irish Unionist Ideology and Identity Since 1922 Graham Walker Margaret O'Callaghan
Alexander Brammer From Belfast to Baghdad: A Comparative Case Study of Foreign Intervention in Sectarian Conflicts Beverley Milton-Edwards Dominic Bryan
Raymond Brown Nowhere To Hide! - Edward Snowden, Mass Surveillance and the Politics of Classified Information Richard English Michael Bourne
Amalia Campos Delgado The Social Construction of the Vulnerability of Central American Migrants in Mexico: State, Government Actions and Civil Society Cathal McCall Heather Johnson
Fabian Espejo Fandino Multinational Corporations: Friends or foes of peace? Multinational Corporations and state capture in Colombia Andrew Thomson Stefan Andreasson
Owen-Joseph Fenton The Elite Discourse of the 'Northern Irish' identification in Post-Agreement Northern Ireland. John Garry Cathal McCall
Muhammad Feyyaz A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Terrorism in Pakistan, 2001-2016 Andrew Thomson Richard English
Emma-Louise Fletcher The Militarization of Conservation: Does the Presence of Violence on Conservation Sites and the Emergence of Green Militarization Exacerbate Regional Instability, Cause Conflict, and Hinder Sustainable Development? Michael Bourne John Barry
Erica Frazier The Green New Deals of Great Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Critical Discourse Analysis / Les 'Green New Deals' d'Irlande, de Grande-Bretagne et d'Irlande du Nord : Une Analyse Critique du Discours John Barry Debbie Lisle
Anne Fremaux The Ecological Reassessment of Postmodernity: Towards an Enlightened Green Democracy John Barry Keith Breen
Gerard Gallagher The Global Political Economy of Everyday Financial Activism in the UK since the 2008 Financial Crash. Stefan Andreasson Fabian Schuppert
Georgios Glouftsios Border Technologies in Crisis: Security Migration and Failure Debbie Lisle Philip O'Kane
Dominik Hamm Government Communication and Terrorist Organizations: Towards a Concept of
“Crisis Communication” for Western Governments
Richard English Andrew Thomson
Aylisha Hogan An Examination of the Failure of ‘Fortress Europe’ to Protect Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and Recommendations for What Could be Done Differently Fiona Murphy Heather Johnson
Rebecca Kerr Has the Influx of Predominantly Muslim Refugees into the EU Influenced a Native Ideological Move Towards a Right-Wing Agenda? A Study with a Political Sociological Framework and Case Study Countries the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands    
Sophie Long The Politics of Misrecognition: an Insider Analysis of Political Loyalism and its 'Place in the Peace'. John Barry Graham Walker
Konstantin Macher Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems Michael Bourne Kieran McLaughlin
Meabh McAuley Women, Violence and "Islamic State": Exploring the Gender Discourses Beverley Milton-Edwards Birgit Schippers
Elayne Cronin (McCabe) Visualizing Global Drug Flows: Transnational Connections to the Overdose Crisis in New England, USA Debbie Lisle Michael Bourne
Ian McInnes A Separatist Tendency: A Political History of Bill Craig and the Vanguard Unionist Party Graham Walker Margaret O'Callaghan
Connel McKeown Big Data and Open Data: The Effects of the Data Revolution on Government Accountability, Transparency and Public Empowerment Muiris MacCarthaigh Michael Bourne
Charlene McKibben Rethinking the Populist Threat: Addressing the Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Case for Agonistic Democracy Keith Breen Cillian McBride
Ryan McLean The Rise of ‘Green’ China: A Comparative Study of Beijing’s Modern Energy Policy in the Global South Stefan Andreasson Fabian Schuppert
Alison Meagher ‘Beating the British in Washington’: U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Northern Ireland during the Carter Administration. Peter McLoughlin Graham Walker
Kathryn Mitchell Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to End Female Radicalization Michael Bourne Heather Johnson
Tomás Ó hÁbhartaigh The Political Economy of Workplace Automation: Policy Choices and Radical Alternatives John Barry Fabian Schuppert
Matthew O'Neill Cyberborder Development, Defence and Penetration: Technological and Governmental Aspects Cathal McCall Sakir Sezer
James Pow Citizen-Based Post-Conflict Democracy John Garry Rhiannon Turner
Séverine Robert

An empirical assessment of citizens supports for post-growth alternatives: case study of the island of Ireland

John Barry Fabian Schuppert
Federica Simone On the Road to Independence: A Comparison of Ethnic Nationalistic Movements in Europe, and their Impact on Domestic and EU politics Timofey Agarin Elodie Fabre
Erin Tumulty Swapping High Heels for Hijab in the 2006 Legislative Election: Hamas’ Islamic Framework to Control to Feminism. What Happened next for Palestinian Women? Beverley Milton-Edwards Yvonne Galligan
Canan Ugur Romani Inclusion into Education: Investigating the Case of Turkey Lee McGowan Timofey Agarin
Kerry Wallace Science, Safety and Sufficiency in the Global Politics of Food Security Michael Bourne Katrina Campbell
Lisa Whitten Northern Ireland's Constitutional Political Status and the Implications of "Brexit" David Phinnemore Gordon Anthony