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Shaun took his BA (Hons) degree in History and MA in the History of International Relations at University College Dublin, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Modern History from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. He joined the School of Human and Health Sciences in 2012, having previously worked as a Research Fellow on the Hillsborough Independent Panel project, Queen’s University Belfast. He has been a history tutor in both Belfast and Dublin.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

Shaun is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Academy for British and Irish Studies and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Research interests

Shaun’s 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 currently conducting research on devolution and political identity in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, as well as collaborative research with Huddersfield colleagues related to issues concerning the on-going ‘culture wars’ in contemporary post-conflict Northern Ireland.

His first book, Template for Peace: Northern Ireland, 1972-75, which examined the rise and fall of the first power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland, was published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

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) ‘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 Party’s 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 1987-1992Irish 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, 2008Irish Historical Studies , 145. ISSN 0021-1214


McDaid, S (2009) ‘Dublin’s 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

  • Political Studies Association
  • Political Studies Association of Ireland
  • British Association for Irish Studies


  • Shaun is currently Secretary of the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Britishness.
  • Peer-reviewer for Irish Historical Studies journal.
  • Shaun was a member of the research team for ‘Hillsborough: The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’, (HMSO: 2012).
  • 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 Queen’s 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 would welcome research supervision opportunities in the following and related areas - Contemporary politics and political identities in the UK and Ireland; the Northern Ireland conflict; and conflict resolution.

Current postgraduate supervision

Abigail Jackson, Masters by Research, ‘Political identity and the bedroom tax’, (with Dr Alexander Bridger and Professor Nigel King).

Teaching and Professional Activities

In 2013-14, Shaun will be engaged in supervising a number of final year dissertations. I also deliver 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
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