Learning and unlearning terrorism: The transition from civilian life into paramilitarism and back again during the conflict and peace process in Northern Ireland

  • McAuley, Jim (CoI)
  • Ferguson, Neil (PI)

Project: Research

Project Details


ESRC have funded a Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (ES/N009614/1) and this project is funded via CREST.
The proposed programme of research will bring together two qualitative data sets compiled by Professor Ferguson and Professor McAuley over a period spanning more than 20 years and comprising of approximately 100 anonymised transcriptions of interviews conducted with Northern Irish paramilitaries, ex-prisoners and former Loyalist and Republican combatants for a comprehensive high level re-analysis. This combined data set will be initially analysed by the Principal Investigator using methods drawn from phenomenology and in particular interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) combined with thematic analysis (See Ferguson, Burgess & Hollywood, 2010 for a detailed review of the method of data analysis to be employed). While the Co-investigator will conduct an audit of the analysis to enhance the validity of the research following Yardley’s (2000) guidelines to ensure the themes raised were sensitive to the context, demonstrated rigour, were coherent, and had an appropriate level of impact and importance.
Effective start/end date26/09/1625/03/17


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