Dr Shaun McDaid
S.McDaid@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473215
Shaun is a Research Fellow at and a core member of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS). He joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012, having previously worked as a Research Fellow on the Hillsborough Independent Panel project, Queens University Belfast.
He took his BA (Hons.) and MA degrees at University College Dublin and undertook research in contemporary political history at Queens University Belfast, where he was conferred with a PhD in 2010. He previously worked as a teaching assistant at both Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin.
Research & Scholarship
Shauns research interests lie in the field of contemporary British and Irish politics, particularly the politics of identity. He is a member of the group board of the Political Studies Specialist Group for the Study of Britishness, based at the University of Huddersfield.
He is also interested in manifestations of political violence and political conflict and its resolution more generally, and with particular reference to Northern Ireland. His ongoing research includes a focus on sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, and violence in border regions of conflict zones, but he is also interested in non-violent political and cultural contestation in the UK and further afield. He is involved in ongoing collaboration with researchers based in the UK, Poland, and Australia.
He is the author of Template for Peace: Northern Ireland, 1972-75, which examined the rise and fall of the first power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland, and was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. The book was nominated for the James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences (American Conference for Irish Studies).
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Aveyard, S. and McDaid, S. (2015) ‘Sunningdale and the Limits of Rejectionist Unionism ’. In: Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers Council Strike and the Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. .
Mycock, A. and McDaid, S. (2014) ‘Dividing the nations? Understanding the British Culture Wars’. In: Political Studies Association Conference PSA 64th Annual International Conference, 14-16 April 2014, Manchester, UK
McDaid, S (2014) ‘Pragmatists and dogmatists: explaining the failure of power-sharing in Northern Ireland’. In: Société Française d'Études Irlandaises Conference, 21-22 March 2014, Toulouse, France
McDaid, S., Mycock, A., McGlynn, C., McAuley, J. and Gormley-Heenan, C. (2014) The Northern Ireland Culture Wars Symposium Report: November 2013 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield
McDaid, S (2014) ‘Pragmatists versus dogmatists: Explaining the failure of power-sharing in Northern Ireland during the 1970s’ British Politics . ISSN 1746918X
McDaid, S (2014) ‘Book Review: J. McEvoy and B. O'Leary (eds). Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Places (U. Penn. Press, 2013)’ Nations and Nationalism . ISSN 1354-5078
McDaid, S (2014) ‘The crisis in Ireland: where did it all go wrong? ’ Political Studies Review . ISSN 1478-9299
McDaid, S (2013) ‘Book Review: John Horgan, Divided we Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists (Oxford University Press USA, 2013)’ Irish Studies Review . ISSN 0967-0882
McDaid, S (2013) ‘The party politics of devolution and the failure of power-sharing in NI during the 1970s ’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland conference 2013, 18-20 October 2013, Trinity College Dublin
McDaid, S (2013) Template for Peace: Northern Ireland, 1972-75 . Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-8696-0
McDaid, S (2012) ‘The Irish government and the Sunningdale Council of Ireland: a vehicle for unity?’ Irish Historical Studies , 38 (150), pp. 283-303. ISSN 0021-1214
McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2012) ‘Up the (Main)stream without a Paddle? The Irish Labour Party's Electoral Future. ’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland Conference , 19-21 October 2013, Derry/Londonderry
McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2012) ‘Major Breakthrough or 'Temporary Little Arrangement?' The Labour Partys 2011 Electoral Success in Historical Perspective ’. In: Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Political Life. Dublin: The History Press Ireland. pp. 188-202. ISBN 9781845887445
McDaid, S. and Greer, J. (2011) ‘The impact of violence on the politics of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 1969-74’. In: European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence Seminar Series, 23 March 2011, University of Salford
McDaid, S (2010) ‘The devolution question in Northern Irish politics in the 1970s’. In: Reassessing the 1970s conference, 7-9 July 2010 , Centre for Contemporary British History, London
McDaid, S. and Rekawek, K. (2010) ‘From Mainstream to Minor and Back: The Irish Labour Party 1987-1992’ Irish Political Studies , 25 (4), pp. 625-642. ISSN 0790-7184
McDaid, S (2010) ‘The David Thornley Affair: Republicanism and the Irish Labour Party’. In: From Parnell to Paisley: Constitutional and Revolutionary Politics in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. pp. 182-199. ISBN 9780716530619
McDaid, S (2010) ‘Book Review: The Long March: The Political Strategy of Sinn Féin, 1981-2007, M. Frampton, 2008’ Irish Historical Studies , 145. ISSN 0021-1214
McDaid, S (2009) ‘Dublins Doomsday: Irish fears of a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland, 1974-5.’. In: Between the Strikes: Northern Ireland 1974-1981, 6-7 November 2009, Queen's University Belfast
McDaid, S (2009) ‘British-Irish security co-operation, 1972-74’. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2009, 9-11 October 2009 , Liverpool Hope University
McDaid, S (2009) ‘'Divided Loyalties': Faulkner Unionists and the Ulster Workers' Council, 1974’. In: Political Ideology in Ireland: From the Enlightenment to the Present . Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 258-273. ISBN 9781443805285
Membership of professional organisations
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2014-)
- Political Studies Association
- Secretary, PSA Specialist Group on Britishness
- Political Studies Association of Ireland
- 2014, Research and Innovation Fund, University of Huddersfied. (£1,930)
- 2013, Political Studies Association Specialist Group funding, Northern Ireland culture wars symposium (£1,150)
- 2009, Student Led Iniative, Institute for Irish Studies and School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland between the strikes conference (£1,400)
- 2003, Research and Publication Grant, UCD History Review (2003), University College Dublin (1,200)
- Peer-reviewer for Irish Historical Studies and the Journal of Rural and Community Development
- Expert Reviewer of funding proposals (Social Sciences Panel), for the National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
- Member of the research team for Hillsborough: The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, (HMSO: 2012), which won the Queens University Belfast Vice-Chancellors Award for Impact.
- Invited speaker at the University of Salford European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence Seminar series in 2011. Paper title: The impact of violence on the politics of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, 1969-74 (with J. Greer).
- Co-organiser of the Between the Strikes: Northern Ireland 1974-81 conference at Queens University Belfast in November 2009. The event was co-funded by the Insitute for Irish Studies, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, and QUB Student Led Initiative.
- Invited speaker on contemporary Northern Ireland politics at the Beirut - Belfast Nicosia, A Three Way Dialogue Event on Democracy and Conflict, Co-organized by the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and CADMOS, Lebanon, June 2008. (Workshop funded by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation).
Research Degree Supervision
Shaun welcomes research supervision opportunities in the following and related areas: Contemporary politics and political identities in the UK and Ireland; the Northern Ireland conflict; political violence, and conflict resolution.
Current postgraduate supervisions
- Jane Brook, Masters by Research, Devolution to disunion: The impact of the Scottish Independence Referendum on the Political Future of Northern Ireland, (with Dr Catherine McGlynn)
- Steven Howe, Masters by Research, An examination of the current political and democratic conditions of the Leeds City region within a European setting, (with Dr Chris Gifford)
- Abigail Jackson, Masters by Research, A Critical Discursive Psychological Study: Political Rhetoric Surrounding Welfare Reform from 2010-2014, (with Dr Alexander Bridger and Professor Nigel King)
- Ksenia Solovyova, Masters by Research, Russian energy policy: a dual model of power? (with Dr Andrew Mycock)
Teaching and Professional Activities
Shaun delivers lectures on a number of politics modules in the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences including:
- HBX2001 Introduction to Politics
- HIX2000 British Party Politics
- HHX1017 Terrorism and Conflict Resolution