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Jim McAuley is Professor of Political Sociology and Irish Studies. He has taught in various guises in a multidisciplinary Social Science setting for many years. He has been a visiting research scholar at several institutions in Sweden, Canada and the USA. Awarded his BSc from the University of Ulster in 1983, and a PhD in 1998 from the University of Leeds (a study the impact of political violence on community identity), he has continued to write extensively issues around political conflict and division.

 He over 30 years of experience researching into political violence and terrorism, largely in the context of Northern Ireland. His major approach is to analyse the organizational structure of organizations engaged in political violence and their relationships over time. As such he has researched those involved in interactions with such organisations and the social movement sector closely. He has studied all aspects of the cycle of those engaged in political violence – engagement, involvement and disengagement, again mainly in the context of Northern Ireland, including the role of religion in motivating terrorism that is grounded in an ideological and socio-political framing.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Northern Irish politics and society
  • Britishness and Unionism
  • Social Movements
  • Popular Cultures
  • The Politics and Culture of Diaspora


  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Governance
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Exclusion
  • Development Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Case Studies
  • Citizen Participation
  • Political Participation
  • Local Governance
  • Comparative Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Local Development
  • Social Development
  • Community Empowerment
  • Social Work
  • Political Anthropology
  • Social Theory
  • Advocacy
  • Social Capital
  • Social Movements
  • Community Organisation
  • NGOs
  • Political Theory
  • Peace
  • Civil Society
  • Conflict
  • Ideology
  • Uganda

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 1996 2018

4 Citations
Open Access
structural violence
Social Movements
peace process

Securitization through Re-enchantment: The Strategic Uses of Myth and Memory

Nesbitt-Larking, P. & McAuley, J., 2017, In : Postcolonial Studies. 20, 3, p. 317-332 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations

Memory and Belonging in Ulster Loyalist Identity

McAuley, J., 2 Jan 2016, In : Irish Political Studies. 31, 1, p. 122-138 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

collective memory
7 Citations

“Us” and “Them”: Ulster loyalist perspectives on the IRA and Irish republicanism

McAuley, J. W. & Ferguson, N., 26 May 2016, In : Terrorism and Political Violence. 28, 3, p. 561-575 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

IRA (Irish Republican Army)
sociology studies
peaceful coexistence
peace process