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Philip is a senior PhD researcher based in the School of Law at Queen's University, Belfast. He is a Postgraduate Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB. His thesis has the working title of: 

An Oral History Of Transgender People in Northern Ireland: Activism, Transphobia and Transition. 

The research project aims to explore the experiences of transgender people living in Northern Ireland, against the backdrop of the unique cultural context of Northern Ireland and the various trans social movement(s) in both a global and local context. The foundation for the study is to present a detailed empirical history of the trans social movement(s) in Northern Ireland, coupled with the experiences of living as transgender, to analyse if the wider movement reflects the individual trans experience. This includes coming to terms with one’s gender identity and the experiences of transitioning and transphobia in Northern Ireland.

Philip's additional research interests include transitional justice, crime and the media, penal policy and corporate governance. 


PhD (Queen's University, Belfast - 2018-2021)

LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice - Distinction (Queen's University, Belfast - 2017-2018) 

MSc Management and Corporate Governance - Pass with Commendation (2:1) (Ulster University, 2016-2017)

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice - First Class Honours (Ulster University, 2013-2016)


Awarded the Department for the Economy Studentship for PhD study (2018 - 2021)  

Philip was the only student to achieve a distinction in the 2017/18 Criminology and Criminal Justice LLM at the School of Law, Queen's University, Belfast. 

Ulster University - EDGE Employability Skills Award (2016) 

Ulster University - Dean's List: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Sciences (2014-2015) 

Ulster University - Dean's List: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (2013-2014) 


LLB Legal Methods & Skills (Tutor) - 2020-2021

LLB Evidence (Tutor) - 2019-2020 

LLM Criminal Justice Processes (Guest Lecture) - November 2019: "Transgender Prisoners and the Media"

Queen's University Belfast (2019) - Small Group Teaching Training Course. 

Queen's University Belfast (2019) - Introduction to Teaching Training Course. 


Philip was the student co-ordinator of the School of Law podcast, LawPod, for the academic year 2019/20. 

Philip contributed to the Queering the North exhibition at the Museum of Free Derry that launched in February 2020. 


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