Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Conflict and Conflict transformation
- Nationalism and identity politics
- Political extremism
- Othering and Populist Politics


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Since joining the University in 2006 my teaching has largely been in the subject areas of historical and political sociology.  

My research interests centre on conflict and conflict transformation. I am particularly interested in the factors that help to generate conflict. My current research explores how long-term processes of “Othering” helps to generate communal tensions and an exploration of how history is used, alongside contemporary grievances, to maintain social divisions.

Related to this I am interested in processes of identity formation – particularly in national identities and nationalism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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