Portrait of Dr Shaun McDaid Dr Shaun McDaid

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Shaun is Lecturer in Politics in the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, a role he commenced in September 2016. He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 as a Research Fellow, having previously worked at Queen’s University Belfast as a researcher on the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

He has an MA in the History of International Relations from University College Dublin, and was awarded a PhD in contemporary political history from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010.

Shaun was winner of the Outstanding Early Career Researcher of the Year Award at the University of Huddersfield’s Research and Innovation Awards, 2015-16.

Research and Scholarship

Shaun’s research interests lie in the fields of political violence, pathways into and out of terrorism, and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Recent research includes examining the impact of couter-radicalisation initiatives on higher education in the UK. He is also interested in contemporary British and Irish politics more generally.  

Shaun is the author of “Template for Peace: Northern Ireland, 1972-75”, which examined the rise and fall of the first power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland, published by Manchester University Press in 2013 (paperback edition, March 2016). The book was nominated for the James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences (American Conference for Irish Studies).

He has published outputs in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, British Politics, Political Studies, and Irish Historical Studies, numerous book chapters in edited collections, and has contributed online opinion pieces to The Irish Times, The Conversation and Open Democracy. His research has been featured in newspaper stories in The Irish News and The Irish Post.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Ferguson, N., McDaid, S. and McAuley, J. (2018) ‘Social movements, structural violence and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland: The role of Loyalist paramilitariesPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology , 24 (1), pp. 19-26. ISSN 1078-1919


Kovras, I., McDaid, S. and Hjalmarsson, R. (2017) ‘Truth Commissions after Economic Crises: Political Learning or Blame Game?Political Studies . ISSN 00323217

McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2017) ‘‘72 Hours to Save the Union’: John Major and Devolution’. In: An Unsuccessful Prime Minister? The Premiership of John Major, 1990-97. London: Biteback Publishing. pp. 91-106. ISBN 978-1785900679

Aveyard, S. and McDaid, S. (2017) ‘Sunningdale and the Limits of ‘Rejectionist’ Unionism’. In: Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers’ Council Strike and the Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 100-113. ISBN 9780719099519


McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2016) ‘Radicalisation and higher education: students’ understanding and experiencesTerrorism and Political Violence . ISSN 0954-6553

McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2016) ‘Northern Ireland’. In: Harold Wilson The Unprincipled Prime Minister? Reappraising Harold Wilson. : Biteback Publishing. pp. 245-260. ISBN 9781785900310

McDaid, S (2016) ‘Pragmatists versus dogmatists: Explaining the failure of power-sharing in Northern Ireland during the 1970sBritish Politics , 11, pp. 49-71. ISSN 1746-918X


McDaid, S (2015) ‘The crisis in Ireland: where did it all go wrong?Political Studies Review . ISSN 1478-9299

Lewis, M. and McDaid, S. (2015) ‘Bosnia on the border? Republican Violence in Northern Ireland during the 1920s and 1970sTerrorism and Political Violence , 29 (4), pp. 635-655. ISSN 0954-6553

Monro, S. and McDaid, S. (2015) ‘Democracy and Transgender’. In: 4th European Conference on Politics and Gender, 11th - 13th June 2015, Uppsala University, Sweden

McDaid, S (2015) ‘From shared schools to shared space: integrated education initiatives in Northern Ireland in comparative perspectiveIdentity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies , 1 (1), pp. 3-14. ISSN 2058-6205

McDaid, S (2015) ‘Book Review: Modern Dublin: Urban Change and the Irish Past, 1957–1973. By Erika Hanna. Oxford University Press. 2013.History , 100 (339), pp. 153-155. ISSN 1468-229X


McDaid, S (2014) ‘Book Review: J. McEvoy and B. O'Leary (eds). Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Places (U. Penn. Press, 2013)Nations and Nationalism , 20 (4), pp. 826-828. ISSN 1354-5078

Mycock, A. and McDaid, S. (2014) ‘Dividing the nations? Understanding the British “Culture Wars”’. In: Political Studies Association Conference PSA 64th Annual International Conference, 14-16 April 2014, Manchester, UK

McDaid, S., Mycock, A., McGlynn, C., McAuley, J. and Gormley-Heenan, C. (2014) The Northern Ireland ‘Culture Wars’ Symposium Report: November 2013 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield

McDaid, S (2014) ‘Pragmatists and dogmatists: explaining the failure of power-sharing in Northern Ireland’. In: Société Française d'Études Irlandaises Conference, 21-22 March 2014, Toulouse, France

McDaid, S (2014) ‘Book Review: Richard Lawrence Jordan, The Second Coming of Paisley: Militant Fundamentalism and Ulster Politics (Syracuse University Press, 2013)Irish Journal of Anthropology , 17 (1). ISSN 1393-8592


McDaid, S (2013) ‘Book Review: John Horgan, Divided we Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists (Oxford University Press USA, 2013)Irish Studies Review . ISSN 0967-0882

McDaid, S (2013) ‘The party politics of devolution and the failure of power-sharing in NI during the 1970s’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland conference 2013, 18-20 October 2013, Trinity College Dublin

McDaid, S (2013) Template for Peace: Northern Ireland, 1972-75 . Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-8696-0


McDaid, S (2012) ‘The Irish government and the Sunningdale Council of Ireland: a vehicle for unity?Irish Historical Studies , 38 (150), pp. 283-303. ISSN 0021-1214

McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2012) ‘Up the (Main)stream without a Paddle? The Irish Labour Party's Electoral Future.’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland Conference, 19-21 October 2013, Derry/Londonderry

McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2012) ‘Major Breakthrough or 'Temporary Little Arrangement?' The Labour Party’s 2011 Electoral Success in Historical Perspective’. In: Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Political Life. Dublin: The History Press Ireland. pp. 188-202. ISBN 9781845887445


McDaid, S. and Greer, J. (2011) ‘The impact of violence on the politics of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 1969-74’. In: European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence Seminar Series, 23 March 2011, University of Salford


McDaid, S (2010) ‘The devolution question in Northern Irish politics in the 1970s’. In: Reassessing the 1970s conference, 7-9 July 2010, Centre for Contemporary British History, London

McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2010) ‘From Mainstream to Minor and Back: The Irish Labour Party 1987-1992Irish Political Studies , 25 (4), pp. 625-642. ISSN 0790-7184

McDaid, S (2010) ‘The David Thornley Affair: Republicanism and the Irish Labour Party’. In: From Parnell to Paisley: Constitutional and Revolutionary Politics in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. pp. 182-199. ISBN 9780716530619

McDaid, S (2010) ‘Book Review: The Long March: The Political Strategy of Sinn Féin, 1981-2007, M. Frampton, 2008Irish Historical Studies , 145. ISSN 0021-1214


McDaid, S (2009) ‘Dublin’s Doomsday: Irish fears of a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland, 1974-5.’. In: Between the Strikes: Northern Ireland 1974-1981, 6-7 November 2009, Queen's University Belfast

McDaid, S (2009) ‘British-Irish security co-operation, 1972-74’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2009, 9-11 October 2009, Liverpool Hope University

McDaid, S (2009) ‘'Divided Loyalties': Faulkner Unionists and the Ulster Workers' Council, 1974’. In: Political Ideology in Ireland: From the Enlightenment to the Present. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 258-273. ISBN 9781443805285


Membership of professional organisations

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2014-)
  • Political Studies Association
  • Secretary, PSA Specialist Group on Britishness
  • Society for Terrorism Research  


  • 2015, Research and Innovation Fund, University of Huddersfield (£2,100)
  • 2009, Student Led Iniative, Institute for Irish Studies and School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland between the strikes conference (£1,400)
  • 2003, Research and Publication Grant, UCD History Review (2003), University College Dublin (€1,200)


  • Ad hoc peer-reviewing for leading international journals and publishing houses such as Political Studies, Irish Historical Studies, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Irish Political Studies, Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, Contemporary British History, Parliamentary Affairs, and Routledge academic monographs. 
  • Expert Reviewer of funding proposals (Social Sciences Panel), for the National Science Centre (NCN), Poland.

Awards and nominations

  • Winner, Outstanding Early Career Researcher of the Year, 2015, University of Huddersfield Research and Innovation Awards
  • Nominated for James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize for Books in History and Social Sciences, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2014. 
  • Member of the research team for ‘Hillsborough: The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’, (HMSO: 2012), which won the Queen’s University Belfast Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact. 

Invited presentations

  • Invited speaker: ‘The IRA’s war in England’, 20 Years On: Manchester and the IRA bomb (AHRC Being Human Festival), Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, 17 November 2016.  
  • Invited speaker: ‘The Rising and the Somme: short history, long memory’, Bradford World War One Group, 27 April 2016 (with J. McAuley). 
  • Invited speaker ‘August 1969: Presence, Myth and Memory’, ESRC Research Seminar, University of Liverpool, 12 November 2015. 
  • Invited speaker at the University of Salford European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence Seminar series in 2011. Paper title: ’The impact of violence on the politics of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, 1969-74’ (with J. Greer)
  • Invited speaker on contemporary Northern Ireland politics at the Beirut - Belfast – Nicosia, A Three Way Dialogue Event on Democracy and Conflict, Co-organized by the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and CADMOS, Lebanon, June 2008. (Workshop funded by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation). 

Research Degree Supervision

Shaun welcomes research supervision opportunities in the following and related areas: the Northern Ireland conflict; terrorism and political violence; radicalisation and counter-radicalisation (with a focus on universities); and conflict resolution.

He has co-supervised 3 successful Masters of Science by Research degrees to date. Current postgraduate supervision includes 3 PhDs and 3 Masters by Research students.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Behavioural and Social Sciences representative, School of Human and Health Sciences Research Ethics Panel (SREP).
  • Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences representative, School Research and Enterprise (SREC) Committee.  
  • Module leadership for several Politics Modules.
  • Organiser of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) Research Seminar Series.


Teaching and Professional Activities

Shaun contributes to lectures, seminars, or module leadership on a number of modules in the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences including:

  • HFX2001 - Introduction to Politics
  • HIX2000 - British Party Politics
  • HHX1017 - Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
  • HFB2001 - Academic Study Skills for Social Scientists
  • HHB2002 - Final Year Project for the Social Sciences