Brendan Ciarán Browne

Assistant Professor and Course Coordinator MPhil Conflict Resolution, Trinity College Dublin

Brendan Ciarán Browne holds an LL.B and LL.M in Law, and Law & Human Rights from Queen's University Belfast. His PhD, a comparative analysis of commemorative events in Ireland and Palestine, was completed through the School of Sociology at Queen's University Belfast (2012). Previously Dr Browne has worked in the School of Law (Queen's University Belfast) as a Research Fellow on a National Institute of Healths grant (NIH) project entitled: 'Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth'. His most recent appointment was as an Assistant Professor in Human Rights and International Law at Al Quds (Bard) University, Palestine.

Dr Browne's research interests are situated around political conflict, the impact of post-conflict reconstruction on children and young people, commemorating conflict and conducting research in conflict zones. His workis heavily focussed on Palestine where he spends time travelling regularly to conduct fieldwork with children and young people growing up in the West Bank. His forthcoming work includes a co-authored book (with Dr C. Dwyer & Prof. P. Shirlow) examines the impact of growing up during this period of transition away from conflict in the north of Ireland (forthcoming 2018).In addition his co-Edited work entitled, 'Experiences in Researching Conflict & Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted', is available at:


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2012 
    Queen's University Belfast, PhD
  • 2009 
    Queen's University Belfast, LL.M (Human Rights)
  • 2008 
    Queen's University Belfast, LL.B


  • 2014
    Commemoration in conflict: Comparing the generation of solidarity at the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations in Belfast Northern Ireland and the 1948 ‘Nakba’ Commemorations in Ramallah, Palestine, Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Vol. 4(2)
  • 2014
    Navigating Risk: The impact of the Northern Ireland Conflict on Children and Young People, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol.37(9), pp. 792- 805
  • 2014
    Finding your feet in the field: critical reflections of early career researchers on field research in transitional societies, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol.6(2), pp. 223- 237
  • 2013
    Recording the Personal: The Benefits in Maintaining Research Diaries for Documenting the Emotional and Practical Challenges of Fieldwork in Unfamiliar Settings, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol.12