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Shaun is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology. 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 took up the post of Lecturer in Politics in 2016. 

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 is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and 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 Expertise and Interests

  • Political violence 
  • Pathways into and out of terrorism 
  • Conflict resolution in Northern Ireland and elsewhere 
  • Contemporary Britrish and Irish politics 


  • Political Violence
  • Terrorism
  • Conflict Resolution

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Research Output 2010 2018

university policy
4 Citations
Open Access
structural violence
Social Movements
peace process

Truth Commissions after Economic Crises: Political Learning or Blame Game?

Kovras, I., McDaid, S. & Hjalmarsson, R., 1 Feb 2018, In : Political Studies. 66, 1, p. 173-191 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
economic crisis

'72 Hours to Save the Union': John Major and Devolution

McGlynn, C. & McDaid, S., 23 May 2017, An Unsuccessful Prime Minister?: The Premiership of John Major, 1990-97. Hickson, K. & Williams, B. (eds.). London: Biteback Publishing, p. 91-106 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citations

Bosnia on the Border? Republican Violence in Northern Ireland During the 1920s and 1970s

Lewis, M. & McDaid, S., 2017, In : Terrorism and Political Violence. 29, 4, p. 635-655 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ethnic cleansing
political violence