Dr Gladys Ganiel

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Gladys Ganiel

Dr Gladys Ganiel

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Ganiel’s research focuses on the role of religion in conflict in Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe; Catholicism in Ireland, evangelicalism, and the emerging church.

This research has included two books about evangelicalism in Northern Ireland, and an award-winning book about the emerging church. She is currently researching how Presbyterians responded to the Troubles, and writing a biography of Fr Gerry Reynolds, a peacemaking priest from Clonard Monastery.

The objective of the research activity is to understand the socio-political roles of religion.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
  • Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Emerging Church Movement
  • Catholicism on the island of Ireland
  • Evangelicalism
  • Secularisation and Religious ‘Nones’
  • Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

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Research students

PhD Title Exploring Intra-Evangelical Conflict on Islam in the Urban Southern United States
Name Ashlee Quosigk
Country USA


Alumni: Where are they now

PhD Title The Impact of Immigration on Religious Identities in the Republic of Ireland and Germany
Name Dr Vladimir Kmec
Country  Slovakia
Current Position Ministry in the Lutheran United Reformed Church in Berlin; and Peterhouse doctoral researcher in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
  "With her in-depth expertise and extensive experience in the areas of the sociology of religion and identity politics, Gladys provided me with the most valuable guidance, continued encouragement and advice during my doctoral studies in a manner that made my research enjoyable, inspiring and passionate. She is not only enthusiastic about her subject; she also cares about her students and is deeply understandable when one copes with difficult life situations." 
PhD Title Victimhood and Perceptions of Past Conflict in Northern Ireland: Challenging the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm
Name  Dr Sarah Jankowitz
Country USA
Current Position Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool
  "Gladys’ patient, nurturing presence mixed with her innate grasp of the contours of rigorous social research in conflict gave me the confidence I needed to explore what was difficult, often emotionally and politically charged, subject matter. She was responsive to my evolving needs, and went above and beyond to guide me through the final stretch." 
PhD Title Religio-Political Non-Conformism, Democratization and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe
Name  Dr Joram Tarusarira
Country Zimbabwe
Current Position Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  "Dr Ganiel’s supervision was characterized by timely feedback and constructive criticism based on a proper reading of my drafts and a broad and deep knowledge of the subject area. She was always available for consultation, communicated clearly, and was patient with me if I needed time to digest feedback or do more reading as advised."



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