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Lisa Whitten - photoLISA CLAIRE WHITTEN

“Brexit” and the constitutional position of Northern Ireland

The focus of my research is analysing the impact of “Brexit” on Northern Ireland’s constitutional position.

Given the expansive nature of the political and legal implications of “Brexit” this PhD will engage with a diverse range of literatures including constitutional theory, the future of UK devolution, European studies and, of course, the history and development of Northern Ireland.

Although located in the Politics department of HAPP as this work involves tracing comprehensive changes in UK law and the application of legal theory to the research topic, the PhD draws on and adds to both political and legal scholarship.

Prior to my current venture in higher education, I studied for a BA Honours degree in Politics at Newcastle University and later completed an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at QUB.

In between periods of study I have worked in a number of different roles in various offices across the political sphere and in the public sector. My employment history includes a year of working for a Liberal Democrat MP in Westminster, six months in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels and, most recently, a year working for an all-island policy think tank in Belfast.