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Professor David Phinnemore’s research interests are focused on European integration and cover in particular processes of EU treaty reform and their impact on the EU, the political dynamics underpinning EU enlargement and the EU’s relations with European non-member states. The prospect of the UK withdrawing from the EU has led to a recent focus on the negotiation of ‘Brexit’ and especially the implications for Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland.

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Professor Phinnemore is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Brexit negotiations
  • Brexit and Northern Ireland/island of Ireland
  • EU enlargement
  • EU External Relations
  • EU Treaty Reform
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  • In 2010-11 he was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Senior Research Analyst to work on EU enlargement and the passage of the EU Act (2011) through parliament
  • He has provided evidence to various parliamentary/assembly committees on Brexit and EU enlargement
  • Heavily engaged in promoting public discussion and debate around the Brexit process and the challenges and issues it raises for Northern Ireland especially
  • Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) where he teachs a postgraduate course on EU enlargement and UK withdrawal from the EU



Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

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



Research students

PhD Title: “Brexit” and the constitutional position of Northern Ireland

Name: Lisa Whitten
Years of Study: First
Country: Northern Ireland



Alumni: where are they now?

Guido Muentel

PhD Title: Kaliningrad and Europeanisation : a review of environmental cooperation and governance

Years of Study: 2004-2010
Country: Germany
Current position: Political Counsellor, German Embassy, Prague

‘The time spent at Queen’s and the support offered there allowed me not only to work on my research project but to get to know and practice other tasks of the academic profession too, like undergraduate teaching, the attendance and organisation of conferences and scholarly networks, as well as the publishing of research results.’

Erhan Içener

PhD Title: Explaining European union enlargement: a comparative study of Romania and Turkey

Years of Study: 2003-2007
Country: Turkey
Current position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bursa Orhangazi University

‘During my studies at QUB, everybody from secretaries to the head of school was extremely friendly and helpful. A pleasant working and research environment was created with the support of academic staff and local and international PhD students. Academic supervision was excellent. I am proud of being a QUB graduate and I recommend QUB School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy to every student who is interested in high quality education!’

Maire Braniff

PhD Title: The transformative capacity of integration with the European Union on conflict in Croatia and Serbia          

Years of Study: 2004-2008
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Director, International Conflict Research Institute, University of Ulster

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