Brandon Hamber


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 223 Citations
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Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is a Visiting Professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books. Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health was published by Springer in 2009, and republished in Spanish by Ediciones Bellaterra. In 2015, with Springer he published Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding (Editors: Hamber and Elizabeth Gallagher) and Healing and Change in the City of Gold: Case Studies of Coping and Support in Johannesburg (Editors: Ingrid Palmary, Hamber, Lorena Núñez). In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014). Professor Hamber is a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.

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Research Output 1999 2018

There Is a Crack in Everything: Problematising Masculinities, Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice

Hamber, B. 1 Mar 2016 17, 1, p. 9-34

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
peace time
social conflict
5 Citations
Open Access
human rights violation
oral history

Dealing with Painful Memories and Violent Pasts. Towards a Framework for Contextual Understanding

Hamber, B. 1 Nov 2015

Research output: Research - peer-reviewScholarly edition

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Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding

Hamber, B. (ed.) & Gallagher, E. (ed.) 30 Nov 2014 356 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

social change
psychosocial intervention
political violence

Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health

Hamber, B. 1 May 2009 272 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

Activities 2004 2018

  • 2 Membership of board
  • 2 Invited talk

Hidden Barriers and Divisive Architecture: The Case of Belfast

Coyles, D. (Speaker), Hamber, B. (Speaker), Grant, A. (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Impunity Watch (External organisation)

Hamber, B. (Chair)
May 2014 → …

Activity: Membership of board

Healing Through Remembering (External organisation)

Hamber, B. (Chair)
2004 → …

Activity: Membership of board