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Professor in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast

John Nagle is a Reader in the Institute of Conflict, Transitions
and Peace Research at the University of Aberdeen. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Queen's University Belfast. He was then appointed to positions at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's and at INCORE, a United Nations Research Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster and as lecturer at the University of East London. John has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies at the University of Exeter and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. He has published five books and a number of articles in leading international journals.

My current research focusses on the role of social movement activism in divided societies, particularly in Lebanon, Syria and Northern Ireland. In this, I examine how a range of non-sectarian social movements – including LGBTQ, feminist and class based groups - mobilize for inclusion or challenge power sharing structures in divided societies.

A related research theme includes the consequences of civil war and peace processes on LGBTQ populations, such Colombia, Northern Ireland, Syria and Lebanon. In addition, my research continues to provide a sociological analysis of consociational power sharing. I am also interested in the role of memory in generating political violence and peace.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2004 
    Queen's University of Belfast, PhD