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Teaching

Level 4 - Contemporary Europe

Level 5 - Modern Political Thought

Research Focus

My research focusses on advancing post-structuralist discourse theory and conceptions of governance. Empirically my concern is rural environmental governance with my PhD project focussed on rural environmental governance after Brexit in Northern Ireland. You can see the details of this below.

Fields of Possibility: Northern Ireland’s Rural Environment after Brexit

This research project aims to explain current developments in Northern Irish Rural Environmental Governance using post-structuralist discourse theory. The rural environment identified here is the agricultural environment which dominates the Northern Irish landscape and will focus on the issue of sustainable agriculture, funding, site designation for nature conservation, and mechanisms for governing the rural environmental. This project aims to explain why certain issues are prioritized over others.

As governance occurs over multiple levels, and the practices adopted by those who govern and are governed change and are changed by each other, this thesis will consider this interaction as central to the politics of this area in Northern Ireland as a member of the UK leaving the European Union, expanding on theories of discourse theoretical conceptions of governance.

Achievements

ESRC Funding

My PhD Project is funded by the ESRC as a part of the NINE DTP.

 

Researching Brexit Graduate Network

I am the founder of the Researching Brexit Graduate Network. This is a network for PhD Researchers and Early Career Researchers whose research is about, or is affected by Brexit. In this role I have organised two conferences and a seminar series. The first conference and seminar series were at Queen's University Belfast, and the second was at Durham University. Since the second conference I have worked with a team of interested scholars to further establish the network which now has a committee structure. The network has attracted funding from Queen's University Belfast, the NINE DTP and the White Rose DTP.

I have presented papers at the following conferences;

CCRI Winter School 2020

Paper presented at Researching Brexit Durham Autumn 2019

Paper presented at PSAI 2019

Paper presented at UACES Graduate Forum 2019

Paper presented at Political Studies Association Ireland 2018

I have attended Essex Summer School 2019 course Applying Discourse Theory and the UACES Doctoral Training Academy 2018.

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