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Professor Walker's primary research focus is on the political relationship between Scotland and Northern Ireland in both historical and contemporary perspective.

This involves consideration of a number of themes: the relationship of both places to broader UK politics and constitutional matters, especially devolution; the relationship between religion and politics in both places and the extent and nature of sectarianism; the relationship in both places of the politics of class and the politics of identity.

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

  • Northern Irish and Scottish politics
  • Modern Scottish and Irish history
  • Religious identity in Scotland and Northern Ireland
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  • Professor Walker disseminates his research findings on a regular basis through the media: TV, radio
    and newspapers
  • In recent years he has been published in online forums such as The Conversation, QPOL, The Scottish
    Review, and the PSA Blog.




Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Politics and International Studies

Institute of Irish Studies

Centre for Public History

Research students

PhD Title: Unionism in contemporary Ireland

Name: Sam Beckton
Years of Study: First
Country: UK

PhD Title: William Craig and the Vanguard Movement in the 1970s

Name: Ian McInnes
Years of Study: First
Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Andrew Sanders

PhD Title: Splits in Irish Republicanism

Years of Study: 2008
Country: UK
Current position: Lecturer at University of San Antonio, Texas, USA.


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