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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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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 2009 2019

The Ulster Unionist Party: Country before Party?

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

peace process
First World War
Open Access
public space
public sector
dual role

Peacebuilding through Education: Empowerment and Engagement in Times of Instability

Byrne, J., Braniff, M. & Bell, J., 2018, Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance. Millican, J. (ed.). p. 136 148 p. (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Advancing Peace through Tourism: ethical approaches

Braniff, M. & McDowell, S., 2017, 4 p.

Research output: Other contribution


Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015

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

Prize: Other distinction

political power

Political Studies of Ireland Brian Farrell Book Prize

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


Activities 2004 2019

  • 3 Membership of board
  • 3 Membership of network
  • 1 Editorial work

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


European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (External organisation)

Maire Braniff (Member)
2015 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network


Egyptian exile in England: a study in the mechanisms of contentious politics

Author: McKeever, D., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Ketola, M. (Supervisor), O'Connell, R. (Supervisor) & Braniff, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Paradox and Unionist identity

Author: Perry, A., May 2018

Supervisor: Braniff, M. (Supervisor), Gormley-Heenan, C. (Supervisor) & Aughey, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis