Professor of Political Psychology, Liverpool Hope University

I am Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University (D.Phil., University of Ulster, 1998). I have been a visiting lecturer to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, a Research Fellow at University of St Andrews, the Sr. Mary Linscott Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University and the Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace. I previously lectured at the University of Ulster prior to joining Liverpool Hope University in 1996. My research and writings are encompassed within developmental, political and social psychology. Within these areas my research has followed a number of themes: moral development, the impact of political violence on children, adolescents and adults, peace building and challenging violence. My research mainly focuses on the conflict, division and the peace process in Northern Ireland and I have recently published in the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Journal of Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology and the Journal of Moral Education, while also contributing to a number of recently published edited books, including Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Explorations (Wiley), On Behalf of Others: The Morality of Care in a Global World (Oxford University Press), Political Violence, Organized Crime, Terrorism and Youth (IOS) and The Psychology of Counter-terrorism (Routledge). I have also recently edited a volume on multidisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation, reconstruction and peace building titled Post-conflict Reconstruction (CSP). I am currently the chair of the Moral and Social Action Interdisciplinary Colloquium, recently served on the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology, and am a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Moral Education and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. I teach across the Psychology curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and am the module leader for Approaching Research, Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Peace and Conflict; I also contribute to a range of other modules and currently supervise PhD students researching within the broad field of political psychology.

Experience

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    Professor of Political Psychology, Liverpool Hope University