• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 24 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

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

  • 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

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    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.). Routledge, p. 136 148 p. (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    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 Studies of Ireland Brian Farrell Book Prize

    Maire Braniff (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

    Eastside Voices (External organisation)

    Maire Braniff (Member)
    2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (External organisation)

    Maire Braniff (Member)

    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



    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


    The Uses of the Historical Method in Conflicted Societies: Understanding Historical Clarification Commissions

    Author: Palli-Aspero, C., Feb 2020

    Supervisor: Grant, A. (Supervisor), Braniff, M. (Supervisor) & Hamber, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis