Jamie Pow

    Mr Jamie Pow

    Postgraduate research student

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    Research Interests

    Political behaviour, political psychology, Northern Ireland politics, consociationalism, post-conflict democracy, deliberative democracy, legislative studies, electoral studies, comparative politics, quantitative methods.


    Research Statement

    My project experimentally examines the potential for a citizens’ assembly to facilitate decision-making in post-conflict Northern Ireland. An inclusive power-sharing government is at the heart of Northern Ireland’s institutional architecture, but in practice it often struggles to reach agreement on major political issues. Protracted gridlock gives rise to a sense of political instability, routine high-stakes negotiations, and citizens’ mounting frustration with the political process. An assembly of randomly-selected citizens could help to overcome some of these difficulties. The question of whether or not such a radical concept could be perceived as legitimate, and under what conditions, will be central to my research.

    In 2017 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.



    Postgraduate research studentship awarded by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy, 2015-2018

    MA Political Science (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

    BA Politics, First Class Honours (Queen's University Belfast)

    • Lemberger-Mettrick Prize for the highest overall mark in Politics, 2014
    • David Mulholland Prize (jointly awarded) for the best undergraduate dissertation in the QUB School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, 2014


    • Undergraduate Awards, 2015 Winner (Ireland) for Politics and International Studies



    In 2016 I taught on a core research methods module (PAI2043 Studying Politics: Skills and Methods) with Dr Chris Raymond. In 2017 I taught alongside Professor John Garry on a final year course on political behaviour (PAI3058 Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland). 



    I am the Deputy Editor of Northern Slant, a website offering analysis and opinion on Northern Ireland politics. I have contributed over 100 articles. You can find them at: http://www.northernslant.com/author/jamie-pow/

    I also serve on the Advisory Group of the Citizens' Assembly for Northern Ireland, a civil society initiative organised by Involve (a public participation charity) and funded by the Building Change Trust, Open Society Foundations, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. More details of this democratic innovation are available on the website: https://citizensassemblyni.org/


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