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The legacy of conflict – memory, truth recovery, victims and veterans, inter-generational trauma, especially in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Emotions and conflict transformation – forgiveness, anger, mercy, compromise.

Universities and higher education in conflict and peace.

The public value of the social sciences and impact.

The history of sociology.

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    Forces in Mind Trust ‘Negative Transitioning of Ex-Service Personnel’ 2018-2021 (£178K)

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  • Former President of the British Sociological Association
  • Honorary Professor Extraordinary, University of Stellenbosch
  • Member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts
  • Member of Royal Irish Academy
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Honorary DocSocSci from University of Brunel


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Social Sciences, Education And Social Work

'Compromise after Conflict' research programme 

United Nations Roster of Global Experts

Honorary Vice President, British Sociological Association


Research students

PhD title: New Social Movement Theory and the Pension Movement in Northern Ireland

Name: Paul Gallagher
Years of Study: 2017 - 2021
Country: United Kingdom

PhD title: Women victims in Bosnia

Name: Emily Mitchell Bajic
Years of Study: 2017 - 2021
Country: United Kingdom


PhD Title: Media representation of female ex-combatants

Name: Ashleigh McFeeters
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: United Kingdom

Alumni: where are they now?

Duncan Scott

PhD title: Religious peacebuilding in South Africa

Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: South Africa
Current position: Youth worker, Edmonton, Canada

Sandra Rios

PhD title: Religion, social memory and recovery after mass atrocity

Years of Study: 2011 - 2014
Country: Colombia
Current position: Lecturer in Politics, Leiden University, Netherlands

Aimee Smith

PhD title: Catholic Youth Identity in Belfast and Derry

Years of Study: 2012 - 2015
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: PDRF at Queen’s University

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