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Last updated 23rd March 2023


Shaun is Senior Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences. He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012. Following his PhD, he worked as a researcher for the Hillsborough Independent Panel, based at the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen's University Belfast. 

He primarily lectures in Politics, but has taught across the areas of Sociology and Criminology (topics such as conflict, social movements, terrorism and counter-extremism). He has successfully supervised several research degrees, including doctoral candidates, and contributed guest lectures on counter-extremism at MA level (Criminal Justice). 

Shaun's research concerns extremism and political violence (with particular reference to Northern Ireland). He is especially interested in counter-radicalisation initiatives, as well as radical right and left-wing groups in Ireland and the UK. His recent work has utilised digital ethnography to explore the dynamics of radical social movements during the pandemic. 

Shaun's research has been published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Political Studies, British Politics and Political Studies Review. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Political Violence
  • Terrorism
  • Radicalisation
  • Counter-Radicalisation
  • British and Irish politics
  • Radical politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Social movements


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