David Mitchell's main research interest is in peacebuilding and the politics of peace processes, with a specialism in Northern Ireland. He is author of Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2015) and co-author (with John Brewer and Gerard Leavey) of Ex-combatants, Religion and Peace in Northern Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has published in journals including Government and Opposition, Cooperation and Conflict, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
His current focus is on the comparative meaning and value of the Northern Ireland peacemaking experience. He is editing, with Dong Jin Kim, a volume with brings together experts from Europe and East Asia to examine peace processes in Ireland and Korea, to be published by Routledge in 2021.
After a BA in History and Philosophy and MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, David completed a doctorate in Politics at Ulster University (Magee) where he also taught. Prior to joining Trinity, he worked on projects based at the University of Aberdeen, Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health and Ulster University, carrying out qualitative and quantitative research among politicians, ex-combatants, religious activists, top-level and grassroots sports organisations, LGB, ethnic minority and transgender groups, and the general public.