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.
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.
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
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.
|Name||PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis title||Principal Supervisor||Secondary Supervisor|
|Tufail Ahmed||The underlying causes for the resurgence of Baloch insurgency in Balochistan, Pakistan and a way forward"||Dr Andrew Thomson||Dr Shane Brighton|
|Humaid Al Kaabi||A renewal of international co-operation and compromise: The relative cost-model in International Relations||Prof Muiris MacCarthaigh||Dr James Pow|
|Nafja Al-Kuwari||QATAR ANTI-CORRUPTION: EXAMINING CURRENT IMPEDIMENTS AND SUGGESTING SUITABLE STRATEGIES TO FIGHT CORRUPTION||Prof Muiris MacCarthaigh||Dr Jack Taggart|
|Jack Armstrong||Voting in Northern Ireland: Explaining Electoral Developments Before and After 1998||Dr Elodie Fabre||Dr James Pow|
|Jennifer Arthur||Identifying Diversity in Irish Nationalism: A study of Irish Identity in the Gaelic Athletic Association||Prof Richard English||Dr Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Olivia Brabazon||The role of the EU PEACE Programmes in supporting conflict transformation for young people on the island of Ireland||Prof Cathal McCall||Mr Dirk Schubotz|
|Mylie Brennan||Political Identities of the Good Friday Agreement Generation in Northern Ireland||Dr Peter McLoughlin||Prof Cathal McCall|
|Patrick Brown||Social Liberal Peacebuilding and the case for a Universal Basic Income as a Peace Dividend for Northern Ireland.||Prof John Barry||Dr Peter Doran|
|Kathryn Cribbin||Evaluating the effectiveness of co-operation between the Irish and the Northern Irish police against cross-border paramilitary threats, 1956 to 2021||Prof Richard English||Dr Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Oliver Donnelly||“Playing with Fire? Monitoring and engineering political content in video games”||Dr Michael Bourne||Dr Kieran McLaughlin|
|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||Prof John Barry||Dr Stefan Andreasson|
|Muhammad Feyyaz||The Persistence of Terrorism: Global Dynamics and the Case of Pakistan||Prof Richard English||Dr Andrew Thomson|
|(John) Barry Finnegan||Research area: Green political theory, heterodox political economy, politics and international relations. Working research title: 'Embedded Neoliberalism and EU Trade and Investment Policy in the Anthropocene: an Ecosocialist Critique'.||Prof John Barry||Prof Lee McGowan|
|Matthew Foster||Europeanisation and Democratization: Comparing the effects of regional integration on democratisation in in the EU and ASEAN||Dr David Phinnemore||Dr So Hyun Lee|
|Daryll Galloghly||‘A Treatise on Political Violence in South Armagh in the 1920s and 1970s ’||Dr Margaret O'Callaghan||Prof Richard English|
|Karli Gibson||Automation and Responsibility: Racialized Political Judgements at the Border||Dr Michael Bourne||Dr Deepak Padmanabhan|
|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.||Prof Richard English||Dr Peter McLoughlin|
|Sean Heron||“Fields of Possibility; Northern Ireland’s Rural Environment after Brexit”||Prof Lee McGowan||Dr Viviane Gravey|
|Sydney Holt||Ethnicity, Identity, and the Census: EU Identity Categories and their Political and Social Effects on Roma Citizens in Southeast Europe||Dr Heather Johnson||Dr Timofey Agarin|
|Patrick Hughes||Brexit and the Fantasy of a Frictionless Border||Prof Debbie Lisle||Dr Katy Hayward|
|Juneseo Hwang||Where Peacebuilding and Rewilding Intersect: Post-Agreement Northern Ireland and Environmental Peacebuilding along the Border.||Prof John Barry||Dr John Karamichas|
|Mazen Iwaisi||Landscape Archaeology as Politicised Space in Palestine (West Bank)||Dr Michael Bourne||Dr Audrey Horning|
|Jagoe Neale||Football Allegiances in Deeply Divided Societies||Dr Dominic Bryan||Prof Sean O'Connell|
|Keysha Jaime||Responding to Climate Migration: Engaging with Pacific Perspectives||Dr Heather Johnson||Prof John Barry|
|Eoghan Kelly||The decline of Duverger? The impact of devolution on party systems in the United Kingdom's regions.||Dr Elodie Fabre||Dr James Pow|
|Darren Litter||European integration and British-Irish intergovernmentalism: inextricably intertwined?||Prof Cathal McCall||Dr Elodie Fabre|
|Cian Luddy||"He is /our guy/" - Trump's Securitizing Moves and the Alt-Right Online Public||Dr Michael Bourne||Dr Kieran McLaughlin|
|Konstantin Macher||Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems||Dr Michael Bourne||Dr 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?||Prof Richard English||Dr 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?||Prof Muiris MacCarthaigh||Dr Deepak Padmanabhan|
|Meabh McAuley||'Women, Daesh & Discourse: A Critical Analysis'.||Dr Heather Johnson||Dr Birgit Schippers|
|Calum McGeown||Green Republicanism, the State and the Planetary Crisis: A Critical Analysis of the Post-Growth, Post-Carbon State||Prof John Barry||Dr Stefan Andreasson|
|Ciara McHugh||Returning the Gaze: Global perspectives on the impact of surveillance technology in police-community relations||Prof Debbie Lisle||Dr Jesus Martinez del Rincon|
|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' beyond 'Actually Existing Unsustainability' in N||Prof John Barry||Dr Stefan Andreasson|
|Brendan McKee||Nationalism and Secessionism in the UK||Prof Richard English||Dr Peter McLoughlin|
|Charlene McKibben||Rethinking the Populist Threat: Addressing the Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Case for Agonistic Democracy.||Dr Keith Breen||Dr Cillian McBride|
|Ryan McLean||The Rise of Green China? A Multi-Level Perspective Study of Sino-Global South Energy Relations.||Dr Stefan Andreasson||Dr So Hyun Lee|
|John Mooney||'For Men and Ulster'?: Post-Agreement Loyalism, Patriarchy and Identity||Prof John Barry||Dr 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||Prof Alister Miskimmon||Dr Michael Bourne|
|Frances Neilson||The British and the Irish Question: Historical Perceptions and the Contemporary Crisis||Dr Peter McLoughlin||Dr Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Matthew O'Neill||The ‘Border Porotype’: Understanding Europe’s New Frontier the Digital Single Market||Prof Cathal McCall||Prof Sakir Sezer|
|Dale Pankhurst||Are “Pro-Government” Militias (PGMs) not simply Autonomous Counter-Insurgent Organisations? A Comparative Assessment of Relationships between PGMs and Nation-States in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Colombia||Dr Andrew Thomson||Dr Michael Bourne|
|Jaeim Park||An ecofeminist perspective on green republican state in a degrowth world||Prof John Barry||Dr Keith Breen|
|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||Prof Alister Miskimmon||Dr Michael Bourne|
|Gail Ritchie||Confronting Commemoration: Visuality, Aesthetics and Multiplicity as Concepts for a Troubles Memorial||Prof Debbie Lisle||Dr 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"||Dr David Phinnemore||Prof Lee McGowan|
|Séverine Robert||A degrowth critique of orthodox political economy: support for undifferentiated economic growth as an elite and minority ideology in the island of Ireland||Prof John Barry|
|Michael Sharry||"How will citizenship develop on the island of Ireland in the wake of Brexit and the NI Protocol?"||Prof Cathal McCall||Dr Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Callum Smith||‘Drones and the Posthuman Composition of Chinese Security (Atmo)spheres’||Prof Debbie Lisle||Dr Chenchen Zhang|
|Louise Taylor||Nature and Mental Health in the Anthropocene. A Grounded Theory Study.||Prof John Barry||Dr Peter Doran|
|Yi Wei Wen||A Renewal of International Co-Operation and Compromise: The Relative Cost-Model in International Relations||Prof Alister Miskimmon||Dr Stefan Andreasson|
|Eleanor Williams||The Dark Side of Peace: Were the state’s intelligence activities in Northern Ireland and Colombia ethical, and did those activities have an impact on the peace processes?||Prof Richard English||Dr Andrew Thomson|