Neil Ferguson

Professor of Political Psychology, Liverpool Hope University

Neil Ferguson (D.Phil., Ulster, 1997) is Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University. His research and writings are encompassed within developmental, political and social psychology. Within these areas his research has followed a number of themes: moral development, the impact of political violence on children, adolescents and adults, peace building, challenging violence, and the psychology of terrorism. His research mainly focuses on the conflict, division and the peace in Northern Ireland. Professor Ferguson is currently the President of the MOSAIC – Moral and Social Action Interdisciplinary Colloquium and is a member of the Governing Council for the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Education and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology and is a trustee of the Journal of Moral Education Trust.

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Recent publications

Ferguson, N. (2016). Researching Proscribed Armed Groups: Interviewing Loyalist and Republican Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. In A. J. Williams, R. Woodward, R., K. N. Jenkings & M. F. Rech (eds.), Ashgate Research Companion to Military Research Methods. Ashgate.
McKeown, S., Haji, R., & Ferguson, N. (2016). Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives. New York: Springer.
Ferguson, N. & McKeown, S. (2016). Social Identity Theory and Intergroup Conflict in Northern Ireland. In S. McKeown, R. Haji, & N. Ferguson (Eds.), Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives (pp. 215 -228). New York: Springer.
Ferguson, N. (2016). I’m the victim here: Intrastate conflict and the legacy of political violence. In S. Walklate, & S. R. McGarry, (Eds.) Palgrave Handbook on Criminology and War. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave.
Ferguson, N. (2016). Disengaging from Terrorism: A Northern Irish Experience. Journal of Deradicalization, 6, 1-23.
Ferguson, N., & McAuley, J. W. (2016). An interview with Billy Hutchinson. Terrorism and Political Violence, 28, 3, 636-652.
McAuley, J. W., & Ferguson, N. (2016). ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Ulster Loyalist Perspectives on the IRA and Irish Republicanism. Terrorism and Political Violence, 28, 3, 561-575.
Halliday, D., & Ferguson, N. (2015). When Peace Is Not Enough: The Flag Protests, the Politics of Identity & Belonging in East Belfast. Irish Political Studies. doi:10.1080/07907184.2015.1084291
Ferguson, N., & Binks, E. (2015). Understanding Radicalization and Engagement in Terrorism through Religious Conversion Motifs. Journal of Strategic Security, 8, 1, 16-26.

More from Neil…

The Violent Extremist Lifecycle: Lessons from Northern Ireland

This guide draws on a reanalysis of interview data from the 1980s and 90s that explored the lifecycle phases among loyalist and republican paramilitaries...Read More »

Staying Engaged in Terrorism: Narrative Accounts of Sustaining Participation in Violent Extremism

Research exploring radicalization pathways and how and why people become involved in terrorism has expanded since the 9/11 attacks. Likewise, over the last decade...Read More »

Radicalization or Reaction: Understanding Engagement in Violent Extremism in Northern Ireland

Over the last decade various theoretical models of radicalization or pathways into engagement in violent extremism have been developed. However, there is a dearth...Read More »

Understanding Engagement in Violent Extremism in Northern Ireland

Professor Neil Ferguson draws on his work in Northern Ireland with former Loyalist and Republican combatants, to look at factors which occur regularly in...Read More »

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