My research examines the role of discursive practices in influencing the choice and evolution of tactics in situations of protracted conflicts, with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am particularly interested in the intertwining relationship between contentious politics, framing, and Islamic activism.
Focusing on its youth programming, I am exploring the EU PEACE 4 Programme through the lens of conflict transformation.
I ask 3 questions. Firstly, whether the EU PEACE 4 Programme design indicate a desire to engage young people in conflict transformation? Secondly, what conflict transformation related outcomes or processes result from PEACE 4 Programme youth programming? Thirdly, how does a young people priority/theme in the design and delivery of the PEACE 4 Programme contribute to the wider process of conflict transformation in the region?
This project seeks to understand the political identities and motivations of the Good Friday Agreement generation in Northern Ireland. Members of this generation have been raised in a 'post-conflict society' but have experienced several political upheavals, not the least of which was caused by Brexit.
Utilizing semi-structured interviews, this project will explore the interconnected nature of social and individual identity, voting behaviour, and political trends of this generation of young people.
My project is funded by a US Student Fulbright Grant.
I am from a small town in Indiana (USA), and my background is in communication studies. I studied abroad in Ireland during my undergraduate career and became fascinated in the history and culture of Northern Ireland. Communication studies often explores personal and social identity, and much of what I learned often brought Northern Ireland to mind. As the impacts of Brexit began to unravel in Northern Ireland, I became particularly curious about how young people viewed the issues and opportunities presented to them and how their identities impacted their voting behaviour. Queen's was the obvious choice for me given its academic standing and location in Northern Ireland, and receiving full funding through a Fulbright grant provided me with the incredible opportunity to conduct my research at QUB.
The study focuses on the distinctive nature of China's energy financing in Africa. It compares China's energy financing in South Africa and Nigeria. A significant objective of the study is to demonstrate how China's energy financing architecture impacts the low carbon pathway of Africa.
Nigeria and South Africa are chosen as case study countries due to the magnitude of China's investment in their energy development, their significance in the African economy demographically and politically coupled with their vast energy assets both fossil fuels and renewable.
The study adopts a Qualitative Comparative approach to arrive at its objective.
The study will achieve an in-depth understanding of the variability of the energy politics dynamic and the interplay of foreign aid in energy development in the region; it will demonstrate China's energy financing approach in the Africa region, it will bring to bear the energy vision of the region in the light of a sustainable energy future; it will deliver the opportunities and challenges of energy performance and energy supply chain of the region.
I am from Ghana. I have a background in Building Quantities and Construction Economics and a Master of Law in Energy Law and Policy. Queens University attracted me because of the research profile of the school and the researchers in the school as it aligned with my field of interest. Significantly, the school has a solid and supportive research structure and circle with knowledgeable and expert tutors.
How the bureaucratic dynamics of an executive branch of the federal government affected American intervention in the peace process. This original academic study offers innovative analysis of the US State Department’s role as a third-party actor in foreign conflicts, using Northern Ireland as a case study.
2001 to 2007 was a critical time, not only for the Northern Ireland peace process but also internationally, with the aftermath of 9/11 and America’s response dominating events. It is within this context that I will examine the State Department’s organisational framework, determining how the sources and operations of decision-making authority affected NI and impacted wider geopolitical events.
A Study with a Political Sociological Framework and Case Study Countries the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands
My interest areas include political psychology, identity politics, European politics, right-wing politics and quantitative methods. My research focuses on using political psychology and identity to examine the growth and perceived success of right-wing populist parties in European case study countries.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Trinity College, Dublin in Modern Irish (minor) and Sociology (major). I then went on to complete my MA in International Security and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University before undertaking my PhD studies in Politics at Queens.
My research interests include feminist theory, feminist security studies, gender in international relations, women in ethno-nationalist conflict and women in community development. Much of my academic research has focused on uncovering the actual roles and ‘public’ contributions of women and the basis for women’s social and political values and views.
My research at undergraduate and MA level focused on women in Northern Ireland and concepts of identity and agency. My PhD research however, includes an international perspective. It takes as its case the agency of women from ‘caliphate’ territories governed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq (2013-2016).
In this context, my thesis aims to critically analyse the representations of women that are constructed through UK state and media discourse, as well as Daesh discourses. As I discussed, it takes as its case the agency of women living in the ‘caliphate’ territories governed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq (2013-2016). I work from the frame of feminist theorizations of war and security to examine the function and impact of these discourses. Specifically, I aim to analyse their role in reproducing and legitimizing patriarchal constructions of social reality during periods of war and violent conflict. Moreover, I employ narrative analysis to examine the ways in which women’s everyday lives and their perceptions, social attitudes and identities are impacted and informed by the discourses outlined. My research questions are: How are women and their ‘roles’ portrayed in UK state and media discourse, as well as Daesh discourses? How do these depictions influence social practices, attitudes, and power relations in relation to women? What impact do such discourses have on women and how are they negotiated and challenged by women?
Combining Foucauldian Surveillance Studies and Critical Race Theory, this research examines the relational intersections between activists and police through their usage of surveillance technologies. The project delves into the Movement of Black Lives as a case study, through interviews with BLM activists and police officers, as well as discourse analysis of media around these groups' interactions.
The research is guided by the critical hypothesis that the presence of machines, such as cameraphones and body-worn cameras, have agency that deeply affects human relationships. The project seeks to uncover how these relations ebb and flow through human assumptions about and usages of these technologies.
My project is funded by Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) https://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/Study/LINCSDoctoralTrainingProgramme/
My research interests include political thought, populism, democratic theory, deliberative democracy and radical democracy. My current research will examine the role of populist action in different models of democracy.
This thesis will question if populism is a central component of democracy and what a ‘true democrat’ is.
M.A. Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast (2016)
B.A. History and Politics, Northumbria University (2014)
Department for the Economy (DfE) Postgraduate Research Studentship
What started in her MA, as a look at counter-terrorism policies use of emancipation discourse to help explain for the rise of female suicide bombers, has since evolved into a PhD examining how emancipation functions in counter-terrorism politics.
To do this she takes a feminist perspective in Critical Security Studies to expand on the literature of emancipation and security.
Katie is originally from California, where she completed her BA in International Relations and Anthropology/Sociology at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She later came to Queen’s University Belfast where she earned her MA with Distinction in Violence, Terrorism and Security.
Explaining variation in State-PGM relationships in Northern Ireland, Colombia, and the Philippines. My PhD research project investigates complexity and variation in state-PGM relationships.
Taking Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and Colombia as comparative case studies, it will examine the nuanced relationships between state institutions/agencies and counterinsurgent paramilitaries (such as the Ulster Volunteer Force, Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Units, and Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia) and how and why these relationships vary between cases and over time.
This project will seek to understand discourses of threat and how they transcend into practice through industrial actors. This will primarily be through a study of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs to identify how and why they seek to influence the logistical practices of counter-piracy practice?
This project will follow on from the research undertaken for my dissertation as a requirement of the MA in Violence, Terrorism, and Security at Queen’s University Belfast. While my MA dissertation sought to present a hybrid theory of securitization in unconventional spaces this project will seek to understand discourses of threat and how they transcend into practice through industrial actors. This will primarily be through a study of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs to identify how and why they seek to influence the logistical practices of counter-piracy practice?
The project will no doubt explore further questions such as to how the significant role of private businesses affects understandings of sovereignty in international relations? How do states ensure they are responsible for maintaining a criminal justice system in the maritime domain? What is the referent object/securitization dynamic between key actors (private business, P&I clubs, shipping companies, states, international organizations)? What/Who is the law of the sea protecting and why? The project will also seek to identify methods of best practice in counter-piracy regimes and allow for the voices of seafarers and industry to be addressed throughout.
All of these questions and more will contribute to the projects interdisciplinary nature and a mixed methods approach that will allow the exploration of international trade law, maritime law, security studies, piracy studies and international relations in one of the most exciting, unconventional spaces of global governance.
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.
|Student Name||PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis title||Principal Supervisor||Secondary Supervisor|
|Antonella Acinapura||Framing Reality, Choosing the Tactic: The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine during the Second Intifada (2000-2005)||Andrew Thomson||Zaheer Kazmi|
|Humaid Al Kaabi||Evaluation and Improvement of Governmental Anti-Corruption Measures and Procedures||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Jonathan Kuyper|
|Nafja Al-Kuwari||Qatar Anti-corruption: Examining Current Impediments and Suggesting Suitable Strategies to Fight Corruption||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Jonathan Kuyper|
|Jack Armstrong||Voting in Northern Ireland: Explaining Electoral Developments Before and After 1998||Christopher Raymond||Elodie Fabre|
|Jennifer Arthur||Identifying Diversity in Irish Nationalism: A Study of Irish Identity in the Gaelic Athletic Association||Richard English||Graham Walker|
|Olivia Brabazon||Young people and PEACE: the EU PEACE Programmes and young people's experiences of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region||Cathal McCall||Lee McGowan|
|Mylie Brennan||Political Identities of the Good Friday Agreement Generation in Northern Ireland|
|Patrick Brown||The Case for a Universal Basic Income in Northern Ireland and its Effect on Conflict Transformation||John Barry||Peter Doran|
|Oliver Donnelly||Playing with Fire? – Monitoring and Engineering Political Interactions in Video Games||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLoughlin|
|Sean Fearon||Harnessing the Potential of Green Public Finance in Ireland – a Case Study for a Green New Deal Transformation/decarbonisation of the All-Ireland Electricity Grid|
|Muhammad Feyyaz||A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Terrorism in Pakistan, 2001-2016||Richard English||Andrew Thomson|
|Matthew Foster||Europeanisation and Democratization: Comparing the effects of regional integration on democratisation in in the EU and ASEAN||David Phinnemore||Christopher Raymond|
|Sharon Frimpong||The Impact of China's Energy Investment on the Low Carbon pathway of Africa|
|Richard Hargy||The United States Department of State and Northern Ireland 2001 – 2007:
How the Bureaucratic Dynamics of an Executive Branch of the Federal Government Affected American Intervention in the Peace Process
|Richard English||Peter McLoughlin|
Fields of Possibility; Northern Ireland’s Rural Environment after Brexit
|Lee McGowan||Viviane Gravey|
Ethnicity, Identity, and the Census: Ingroup Identity Dynamics of Romani Communities in Soft Border Balkan Countries.
Brexit and the Fantasy of a Frictionless Border
|Debbie Lisle||Katy Hayward|
|Juneseo Hwang||Where Peacebuilding and Rewilding Intersect: Post-Agreement Northern Ireland and Environmental Peacebuilding along the Border.||John Barry||Cathal McCall|
|Mazen Iwaisi||Landscape Archaeology as Politicised Space in Palestine (West Bank)||Beverley Milton-Edwards||Timofey Agarin|
|Neale Jagoe||Football Allegiances in Depply Divided Societies||Graham Walker||Sean O'Connell|
|Keysha Jaime||Responding to Climate Migration: Engaging with Pacific Perspectives||Heather Johnson||John Barry|
|Rebecca Kerr||The battle to stem the tide of decline: A comparative analysis of intra-party factionalism in the Labour Party and the SPD.||Lee McGowan||Christopher Raymond|
|Darren Litter||European Integration and British-Irish Intergovernmentalism: Inextricably Intertwined?||Cathal McCall||Lee McGowan|
|Cian Luddy||"He is /ourguy/” – Trump’s Securitizing Moves and the Alt-Right Online Public||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLaughlin|
|Konstantin Macher||Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLaughlin|
|Noel Martin||How far do policing experiences in Northern Ireland from 1967 to 1998 provide insights that can be of high value, for those looking at post - 9/11 policing, in divided societies such as Afghanistan?||Richard English||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Emma McAllister||Human data interacton: How can an individual's agency and negotiability be supported in the era of big data and pervasive computing?|
|Meabh McAuley||Women, Daesh & Discourse: A Critical Analysis||Heather Johnson||Birgit Schippers|
|Calum McGeown||Green Republicanism, the State and the Planetary Crisis: A Critical Analysis of the Post-Growth, Post-Carbon State||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Ciara McHugh||Returning the Gaze: Global Perspectives on the Impact of Surveillance Technology in Police-community Relations||Debbie Lisle||Katy Hayward|
|Damian McIlroy||Climate Breakdown, Crisis Capitalism and the Challenge of Brexit: An Eco-Socialist Perspective on the Role of Trade Union Agency in Social Partnership to promote a ‘Just Transition’||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Ian McInnes||A separate tendancy: a political history of Bill Craig and the Vanguard Unionist Party||Graham Walker||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Brendan McKee||Nationalism and Secessionism in the UK|
|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|
|Kathryn Mitchell||Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to Deter Female Radicalization||Michael Bourne||Heather Johnson|
|John Mooney||'For Men and Ulster?': Post-Agreement Loyalism, Patriarchy and Identity||John Barry||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Stephen Murray||Multilateralism in an Era of Complex Crises: How Enhanced Cooperation From Stakeholders Can Address Multi-dimensional Threats to Peace and Security in the Sahel|
|Frances Neilson||The British and the Irish Question: Historical Perceptions and the Contemporary Crisis|
|Matthew O'Neill||The ‘Border Porotype’: Understanding Europe’s New Frontier the Digital Single Market||Cathal McCall||Sakir Sezer|
|Dale Pankhurst||States and 'Pro-Government' Militias: Delegation, Deniability, Acquiescence or Antagonism? Explaining variation in State-PGM relationships in Northern Ireland, Colombia, and the Philippines|
|Jaeim Park||An ecofeminist perspective on green republican state in a degrowth world||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Charles Pearson||Applying Critical Security Theory to Military Rescue Operations in Times of Humanitarian Crisis: How Irregular Migration Policy Has Transformed in the Modern Political Sphere|
|Emanuel Quashie||Stakeholders of Terrorism, the War on Terror and Caribbean preparedness||Richard English||Michael Bourne|
|Gail Ritchie||Confronting Commemoration: Visuality, Aesthetics and Multiplicity as Concepts for a Troubles Memorial||Debbie Lisle||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Niall Robb||The influence of non-starters actors on the outcome of the UK's EU withdrawal negotiations: the Ireland/Northern Ireland dimension||David Phinnemore||Lee McGowan|
|Séverine Robert||A degrowth ecofeminist critique of orthodox political economy: support for undifferentiated economic growth as an elite and minority ideology in the island of Ireland||John Barry|
|Jessica Simonds||Navigating Gods and Monsters: The Production of Safe Insecure Spatialities in the Deterrence of Risk at Sea||Heather Johnson||Michael Bourne|
|Federica Simone||On the Road to Independence: A comparison of ethnic nationalistic movements in Europe, and their impact on domestic and EU politics.|
|Louise Taylor||Nature and Mental Health in the Anthropocene. A Grounded Theory Study.|
|Erin Tumulty||Hamas’ Female Candidates of the 2006 Legislative Elections|
|Yi Wei Wen||A Renewal of International Co-Operation and Compromise: The Relative Cost-Model in International Relations|
|Lisa Whitten||Brexit and the Northern Ireland Constitution||David Phinnemore||Gordon Anthony|
|Eleanor Williams||The Dark Side of Peace: Were the Intelligence and Military Activities in Northern Ireland and Colombia Unethical, and Did Those Activities Have an Impact on the Peace Processes?||Richard English||Andrew Thomson|