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Dr Graham Spencer

Reader in Political Conflict

Graham Spencer


  • Reader in Political Conflict, University of Portsmouth.
  • Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, NUI, Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool.

Research Interests

My research interests include: Conflict resolution, politics, identity, religion, war, peace, reconciliation, dialogue, humiliation, political negotiation.

My current research is concerned with the shift from conflict to ‘post-conflict’ society in Northern Ireland and is based on working in Northern Ireland on areas such as anti-sectarianism, reconciliation, dialogue and inclusivity. This work carries significant depth and reach in terms of knowledge transfer and exchange. It has resulted in working for the British, Irish and American governments as well as a range of groups and high-level contacts in Northern Ireland. It has resulted in currently working with key individuals from the Thatcher, Major and Blair administrations on the role of successive British governments in Northern Ireland (to culminate in an edited book The British and Peace in Northern Ireland, Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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