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Dr Graham Spencer

  • Qualifications: FRSA, PhD, PgCE, MSc, BA.
  • Role Title: Reader in Political Conflict
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5731
  • Email: graham.spencer@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries


  • Reader in Political Conflict, University of Portsmouth
  • Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, NUI, Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool


My current research is concerned with the shift from conflict to ‘post-conflict’ society in Northern Ireland. I am currently working on two books. The first, Inside Accounts: The Irish and Peace in Northern Ireland is a book of interviews with senior political figures and officials who worked in the Irish government from Sunningdale to St Andrews and explores a range of areas from negotiating strategy to dialogue, text, context, pressure, choreography and more. The second, The UDA and the Future of Loyalism (with James W. McAuley) uses interviews and archival material to evaluate the emergence of the biggest loyalist paramilitary organization in Northern Ireland and consider its demise in the light of political agreement and an end to violence. Two books published in 2015 The British and Peace in Northern Ireland (Cambridge University Press) and From Armed Struggle to Political Struggle: Republican Tradition and Transformation in Northern Ireland (Bloomsbury) carry endorsements from those such as former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and chief of staff in the Blair government Jonathan Powell. My research interests include: conflict resolution, politics, identity, religion, war, peace, reconciliation, dialogue, humiliation, political negotiation and political strategy.

Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues

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