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Professor John David Brewer

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Professor John David Brewer

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

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.

Research Interests

Current research project;

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

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Public outreach & key achievements

  • 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

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

PhD title Religious peacebuilding in South Africa
Name Duncan Scott
Years of study 2014 - 2017
Country South Africa
Current Position  Youth worker, Edmonton, Canada 
PhD title Religion, social memory and recovery after mass atrocity
Name Sandra Rios
Years of study 2011 - 2014
Country Colombia
Current Position  Lecturer in Politics, Leiden University, Netherlands 
PhD title Catholic Youth Identity in Belfast and Derry
Name Aimee Smith
Years of study 2012 - 2015
Country United Kingdom
Current Position PDRF at Queen’s University



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