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    Research Statement

    I am a political anthropologist researching conflict and peace, displacement, migration and diasporas, with a particular emphasis on nationalism and anti-nationalism, intra-communal violence, the politics of memory and loss, the social construction of silence(s) and ‘unofficial histories’, post-colonialism and transnationalism. 

    I have conducted ethnographic research in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the UK, including multi-sited, transnational and trans-border research between Cyprus and the UK.

    I joined Queen’s as Lecturer in Anthropology in 2013 after receiving my DPhil in 2012 from the University of Sussex. I also hold an MSc in Forced Migration (Oxford) and a BA in Social Anthropology (Sussex). I have previously taught Anthropology at Birkbeck (University of London), and the University of Sussex. I have served as features editor in the journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and as Secretary of the Anthropological Association of Ireland.

    My research has been funded by the British Academy, the British Council/Newton Fund, the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE)/ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

    I have contributed written pieces for and made appearances on various media platforms, including openDemocracy, Allegra, BBC Radio Ulster, Greek National Television.




    ANT1001: Being Human: Evolution, Culture and Society

    ANT2030: Skills in the Field: Ethnographic Methods (convenor)

    ANT2032/3145: Conflict and Peace in Comparative Perspective (convenor)

    ANT2035/3148: Migration, Displacement and Diasporas (convenor)

    ANT7007: Advanced Anthropological Methods


    For information on some recent innovations in the Anthropology BA programme at QUB, see this 'Reflections' article entitled 'Teaching Anthropology in the Anthropocene: revising the curriculum as a response to Global Challenges' (pp.26-27). 


    PhD Supervision

    Current PhD projects:

    • Chiara Magliacane: Youth Conflict-Related Trauma through Generations. An Ethnography on the Relationship between Health and Society in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland/NINE ESRC-funded (Primary Supervisor)
    • Amanda Lubit: Refugees Welcome?: Refugee resettlement within the context of Brexit, sectarian identity and territoriality in Northern Ireland (Primary Supervisor)
    • Savannahah Dodd: Conflict, Photography and Ethics in Northern Ireland (Primary Supervisor)
    • Jamie McCollum: An anthropological analysis of the Kurdish diaspora & democratic confederalism: Beyond nationalism and the nation-state?/ DfE-funded (Primary Supervisor)
    • Augusto Soares: Tracking Online Political Sociality in Northern Ireland: Social media engagement in a context of persistent antagonism and increasing diversity (Primary Supervisor)
    • Rachael Barbour: Conflict transformation through space transformation: mapping peace-building in Jerusalem and Nicosia/ DfE-funded (2nd Supervisor)
    • Sinéad Lynch: Music, Peacebuilding and UNSCR 1325 (2nd Supervisor)

    Previously supervised PhD Projects:

    • Jonathan Evershed: Lest We Forget: The politics of commemoration, loyalty and peacebuilding at the centenary of the Somme/ AHRC-funded (2nd Supervisor) -completed in 2017
    • Nancy Anderson: Re-Imaging Belfast: Art and Policy in Post- Conflict Northern Ireland (2nd Supervisor) -completed in 2016

    Other Advisory Roles:

    • Savannah Dodd (Visiting Research Associate/HAPP): The Impact of Conflict Tourism on Local Communities in Belfast (Project Advisor) -completed in 2017

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Anthropology of Conflict and Peace-building
    Migration, Displacement, Diasporas
    Ethnicity, Nationalism, Anti-Nationalism
    Politics of Memory and Trauma
    Political Violence and Justice

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