Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers
Our Research Community
The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics is home to a vibrant postdoctoral community who play a key role in our research culture. Our fellows and postdoctoral researchers, working on externally funded research projects or who are in receipt of competitively awarded fellowships, are driving new agendas and innovation in research across the school. Please take a look at their profiles and the work our fellows and postdocs are conducting.
Profiles of some of our research community:
Dr Michele Crepaz is an Illuminate Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast with a focus on comparative politics and public policy. His areas of specialisation are Interest Group Politics and Transparency Research.
While the first focuses on the examination of interest organisations' influence on public policy, the second explores the way in which contemporary governments have opened to public scrutiny through open data and other tools. Michele is also an affiliated scholar at the Good Lobby.
Dr Clara Fischer works in the areas of social and political theory, feminist theory, and gender politics. She is a Vice-Chancellor Illuminate Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
She has research interests in feminist-pragmatism, theories of emotion/affect, embodiment and shame, institutionalisation and containment, Irish feminisms, and gender and austerity. She has published widely in her interdisciplinary research area, including in journals such as Hypatia, Signs, and Feminist Review.
Her current research is on gender, emotion, and public policy, with a focus on “women and the politics of crisis.”
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Dr Hiroki Shin is a social and cultural historian of energy, transport and the environment, focusing on the nineteenth century to the present. He is a Vice-Chancellor Illuminate Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
He is interested in the historical development of modern energy technology and the impact of energy-intensive societies on culture, everyday life and the natural environment in the Global South and North.
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Dr Darragh Gannon won the Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Postdoctoral Researcher 2020, Queen's University Belfast. Darragh was also short-listed for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Researcher of the Year 2020, Queen's University Belfast.
"Dr Gannon’s exciting and innovative research is bringing new global perspectives to one of the pivotal moments in Irish history – the Irish Revolution. It is attracting international attention through scholarly publications, leading to invited lectures in Britain and Ireland, the US, India and Australia, and to the development of an international network of scholars. Dr Gannon has also contributed to the growth of valuable research partnerships between Queen’s and institutions such as Georgetown University and George Washington University, while the quality of his research was recently recognised by the award of the highly prestigious O’Donnell Fellowship in Irish Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Gannon has made a valuable contribution to the Centre for Public History. In 2019 he established the highly successful series of public events, ‘History in the Making’, with presenters such as BBC’s Anne-Marie Muir ‘in conversation with’ artists, film-makers, novelists or curators who have drawn on or represented Irish history, including William Blair, NMNI’s Head of Collections, and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick on the realities behind the film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America. His work has high impact potential and is reaching wide public audiences through his expert contribution to TV documentaries."
View full profile Dr Darragh Gannon
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Illuminate is Queen's Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship scheme, designed to nurture high-potential independent early-career researchers, developing the research leaders of the future.
Researchers appointed in this scheme benefit from protected research time, support and training via the "Fellowship Academy" and fast-tracking career progression to Senior Lecturer or Reader (T&Cs apply).
Applications to the scheme are welcome at any time and are reviewed 3 times a year.
Reflecting Secretary Clinton’s interests and career, the Fellowship is open to outstanding early career researchers in the following broad areas: conflict transformation; global security; human rights, including women’s rights and children’s rights; international law; international politics; international relations; women in politics.
The Fellowship was instituted in 2020 to mark the award of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Secretary Clinton.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences invite applications from outstanding early-career scholars for a one-year Hilary Rodham Clinton Early Career Fellowship to be taken up during the academic year 2021/22.
One Fellowship is available to begin from January 2022 for a period of 12 months. The post will enable the holder to pursue an independent research project towards the completion of a significant piece or pieces of publishable research and to present a public lecture relevant to the research undertaken. It is expected that this project may emerge directly from and/or build upon the successful candidate’s doctoral work but, in principle, any well-justified and clearly-deliverable advanced-research project within the field is capable of being supported under the Fellowship. The award will also enable the successful candidate to build academic and policy-related networks, and develop their research and professional skills.
Application Closing Date: 11 October 2021
Qualifying externally funded fellowship award holders at Queen's are automatically inducted into the Fellowship Academy and will have the opportunity to benefit from the range of support provided.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships This is a scheme for Early Career and postdoctoral applicants. There are bi-annual calls from UKRI with fixed deadlines; Queen's runs a managed bid process with an internal deadline several months in advance of the relevant UKRI deadline.
BA Postdoctoral Fellowships This scheme is intended for applicants within three years of a successful PhD viva, with an annual call from the British Academy in late summer/autumn. Applicants should contact a potential supervisor and obtain agreement from Queen's in a reasonable time before submission.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships This fellowship is for early career applicants within four years of the award of their doctorate. There is an annual call from the Leverhulme Trust each winter, but Queen's runs a managed bid process with an internal deadline in mid-October in advance of the Leverhulme deadline.
ESRC NINE Postdoctoral Fellowships The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who have less than twelve (12) months postdoctoral research experience. You should identify a potential mentor within the School and then develop an initial expression of interest. This should be sent to HAPP by January, and successful candidates then apply to NINE with a deadline normally in March.
BA Newton International Fellowships This fellowship is for up to two years in any Humanities or Social Science-based research area. Applicants should be working overseas within 7 years of their PhD and wish to spend time in the UK. An annual call is made each spring.
Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships European and International fellowships are both offered in this scheme, and the available funding is for between 24 and 36 months. The next deadline is 12 October 2021. Applicants should contact a potential mentor in the School and obtain agreement from Queen's in a reasonable time before submission.
If you are interested in applying through HAPP at Queen's for any of these external fellowship schemes, please contact the School's Director of Research (at: HAPPresearch@qub.ac.uk). Please also contact relevant members of staff who might act as your mentor and/or collaborator.