BA, MA (dist.), PhD



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John Nagle received his PhD in Anthropology from Queen's University Belfast. He was then appointed to positions at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's and at INCORE, a United Nations Research Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster and as lecturer at the University of East London. John has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies at the University of Exeter and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. He has published five books (including Multiculturalism's Double-Bind and Shared Society or Benign Apartheid?) and a number of articles in leading international journals. In 2016, John published two new books, Social Movements in Violently Divided Societies: Constructing Conflict and Peacebuilding and Introducing Sociology.

John's writings have also been published in The Conversation, The Independent, Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, the Times Higher, and the LSE's Politics and Policy blog. John has further contributed to public policy documents and briefs for the British Council, the RUC/George Cross Foundation, Belfast City Council, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

John has served as an Inner International Board Member for the Irish Research Council and is the current sociology pathway representative to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences. In addition, he has acted as external examiner at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Ulster. In 2108, John was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University.

In 2017-18, John was a Leverhulme Research Fellow for a project entitled: 'Gender Equality and LGBT Rights After Conflict: Non-Sectarian Social Movements and Consociationalism in Northern Ireland and Lebanon'.

John is the current editor of the book series Globalization and Social Movements

John is currently writing a book for Zed provisionally entitled  Resisting Sextarianism: LGBTQ and Feminist Activism in Postwar Lebanon.


Research Interests

Power sharing, peacebuilding, social movements, nationalism, gender and sexuality.

Current Research

I am primarily concerned with issues regarding identity construction, ethnic conflict and the design of institutions useful to the mitigation of violent conflict, especially in violently divided societies.

My current research is on non-Sectarian social movements in Belfast and Beirut. This comparative research examines a range of movements in these cities, ranging from LGBTQ and feminist, trade unionists, secularists, pro-democracy, global justice and environmentalists.

Research Grants

Leverhulme Research Fellow, £43,738. 'Gender Equality and LGBT Rights After Conflict: Non-Sectarian Social Movements and Consociationalism in Northern Ireland and Lebanon'.

ESRC, £57,501.

AHRC (Connected Communities), £23,870. ‘'Unity through Diversity': Non-Sectarian Social Movements and the Politics of Community in Belfast’. Graded 5: ‘A proposal that is internationally excellent’.

(with M.A.C. Clancy) €2000 to draft a framework document for the 6th Asia-Europe Roundtable: ‘Frozen Conflicts, Minority Self-Governance, Asymmetrical Autonomies: In Search of a Framework for Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution’.

£3000 to write an oral history of policing for the RUC/George Cross Foundation.

£1500 from ‘Healing Through Remembering’ to write a report about commemoration to assist with peacebuilding.


Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Leader: MSc Global Conflict and Peace Processes, MA Deconstructing Peace and Conflict: The End of Utopia

Lecture on: MA Introduction to Sociology I, MA Introduction to Sociology II, MA Studying Social Life 2, MA Between Conflict and Peace Transitions in Society and Politics.

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Research Council Member

Irish Research Council: Inner International Board Member

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grants Panel

External Examiner

University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Ulster University

Grant Rapporteur/Reviewer

ESRC; Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grants; Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Editorial Board Member

Irish Journal of Anthropology



Admin Responsibilities

Postgraduate Research Officer for Sociology

Sociology pathway representative for the Scottish Graduate School's (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre: http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/pathways/sociology

Core staff member for the The Institute of Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research (ICTPR)

Programme Leader: MSc Global Conflict and Peace Processes, MA Deconstructing Peace and Conflict: The End of Utopia



PhD Supervision

I currently act as co-supervisor to PhD students working on Gender Sensititve Reform and Policing in divided societies; pro- and anti-democracy social movements in Thailand; social movements in Myanmar; risk and masculinity with oil workers, and multiculturalism in Scotland.

I welcome applicants interested in nationalism, violently divided societies, peacebuilding, power-sharing, social movements and multiculturalism