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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.
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.
Kovras, I., McDaid, S. and Hjalmarsson, R. (2017) ‘Truth Commissions after Economic Crises: Political Learning or Blame Game?’ Political Studies . ISSN 00323217
Ferguson, N., McDaid, S. and McAuley, J. (2017) ‘Social movements, structural violence and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland: The role of Loyalist paramilitaries’ Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology . ISSN 1078-1919
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 experiences’ Terrorism 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 1970s’ British 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 1970s’ Terrorism 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 perspective’ Identity 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, 19571973. 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 Partys 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 1987-1992’ Irish 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, 2008’ Irish Historical Studies , 145. ISSN 0021-1214
McDaid, S (2009) ‘Dublins 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
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.
Shaun contributes to lectures, seminars, or module leadership on a number of modules in the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences including: