My research interests are in the field of social movements and contentious political action. In particular, I am interested in the role of emotions, solidarity and friendship in the emergence and development of violent and disruptive forms of protest.
My PhD project aims to research riots as a tactic within the Provisional Republican Movement during the Troubles in NI. I am interested in understanding the relationship between different organisations and those who participated in riots. My research considers the role of social networks and friendship in the involvement of people in riots. It also explores the interaction between the forces of order and rioters in the field and in the wider context, and how this interaction may have impacted upon riots, as a tactic.
As a teaching assistant in the School of Social Science, Education and Social Work, I am currently delivering:
SOC 1001 Rethinking Society
SOC 1002 Sociological Imagination
SQM 1003 Digital Society.
I studied a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (2013) and a MA (Hons) degree in Applied Sociology and Social Problems (2015) at the University Complutense of Madrid, where my dissertation on protest, collective identity and the lived space was supervised by Dr Enrique Gil Calvo. I then undertook a MRes in Social Science Research (Hons) at Queen’s University Belfast (2018), where I carried out my dissertation on the emotional dynamics of riots and their biographical and cultural impacts in Belfast, supervised by Dr Jonathan G. Heaney, who along with Dr Katy Hayward currently supervise my PhD.