• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 26 Citations
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Dr Máire Braniff is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University. From 2016-2018 she served as Director of INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). Máire’s research expertise lies at the nexus of peace, justice and truth recovery.In her work she explores competing and conflicting narratives, relationships of power and victimhood in a comparative and conceptual way.  Specifically, she researchers, supervises and teaches on a wide range of issues in peace and conflict including: conflict resolution, legacies of violent conflict, memory and commemoration, victimhood and peace agreements in the following areas: Balkans, Northern Ireland, South Caucasus and South East Asia.She has published a number of books on politics and societal change. Her monograph was published by IB Tauris in 2011 “Integrating the Balkans: from Conflict to EU Expanision”.Máire's co-authored books include: “Inside the Democratic Unionist party: from Protest to Power” (OUP) with Tonge et al and “Conflict as Commemoration” with McDowell (Palgrave). A forthcoming book on Ulster Unionist Party will be published by OUP in 2019.Máire has held several research grants and is involved in international research partnerships. She has a British Academy Rising Star Award for Engagement holder in 2016/2017.Máire has been involved in the peer-review process for the European Commission Research Executive Agency, the AHRC Peer Review College and she is an Academic Friend of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO).


  • JA Political science (General)
  • JZ International relations

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Research Output

Same but different? The Democratic Unionist Party and Ulster Unionist Party compared

Braniff, M., Tonge, J., Whiting, S., Hennessey, T. & McAuley, J. W., 20 Sep 2020, In : Irish Political Studies. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Ulster Unionist Party: Country before Party?

    Braniff, M., Tonge, J., Whiting, S., McAuley, J. W. & Hennessey, T., 1 Jan 2019, Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    A British-Irish Bilateral Clarification Commission

    Palli-Aspero, C., Braniff, M. & McGrattan, C., 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Managing contested spaces: public managers, obscured mechanisms and the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland

    Murphy, J., McDowell, S., Braniff, M. & Denyer, D., 1 May 2018, In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 36, 3, p. 443-459 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)


    Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015

    Braniff, Maire (Recipient), Jonathan Tonge (Recipient), Sophie Whiting (Recipient), Thomas Hennessey (Recipient) & James McAuley (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Political Studies of Ireland Brian Farrell Book Prize

    Braniff, Maire (Recipient), Jonathan Tonge (Recipient), Sophie Whiting (Recipient), Thomas Hennessey (Recipient) & James McAuley (Recipient), 2015



    • 3 Membership of board
    • 3 Membership of network
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Editorial work

    Conversation on Online Research Ethics and Governance

    Rory O'Connell (Participant), , Nick Curry (Participant), , Catherine O'Rourke (Participant), , Maire Braniff (Participant), & Brandon Hamber (Participant)

    26 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Community Relations Council (External organisation)

    Maire Braniff (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (External organisation)

    Maire Braniff (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Eastside Voices (External organisation)

    Maire Braniff (Member)

    2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Irish Political Studies (Journal)

    Maire Braniff (Editor), , Sara McDowell (Editor), & Joanne Murphy (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work