0075 Dr Neil Ferguson

Professor Neil Ferguson

PROFESSOR
Psychology
0151 291 3754
Science
FERGUSN@hope.ac.uk

I am Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University  (D.Phil., University of Ulster, 1998). I have been a visiting lecturer to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, a Research Fellow at University of St Andrews, the Sr. Mary Linscott Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University and the Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace. I previously lectured at the University of Ulster prior to joining Liverpool Hope University in 1996. My research and writings are encompassed within developmental, political and social psychology. Within these areas my research has followed a number of themes: moral development, the impact of political violence on children, adolescents and adults, peace building and challenging violence. My research mainly focuses on the conflict, division and the peace process in Northern Ireland and I have recently published in the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Journal of Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology and the Journal of Moral Education, while also contributing to a number of recently published edited books, including Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Explorations (Wiley), On Behalf of Others: The Morality of Care in a Global World (Oxford University Press), Political Violence, Organized Crime, Terrorism and Youth (IOS) and The Psychology of Counter-terrorism (Routledge). I have also recently edited a volume on multidisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation, reconstruction and peace building titled Post-conflict Reconstruction (CSP). I am currently the chair of the Moral and Social Action Interdisciplinary Colloquium, recently served on the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology, and am a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Moral Education and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. I teach across the Psychology curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and am the module leader for Approaching Research, Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Peace and Conflict; I also contribute to a range of other modules and currently supervise PhD students researching within the broad field of political psychology.

 

Publications

 

Musa, O. A. & Ferguson, N (in press). Regional cleavages, clientelistic culture and the reporting of religious violence in Nigerian newspapers. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Musa, O. A., & Ferguson, N. (in press). Enemy framing and the politics of reporting religious conflicts in the Nigerian press. Journal of Media, War & Conflict.

Binks, E., & Ferguson, N. (in press). Diasporic Religion: The Irish and Northern Irish in England. Irish Journal of Psychology.

Ferguson, N. (in press, 2013). Northern Irish Ex-Prisoners: The impact of Imprisonment on Prisoners and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. In A. Silke (Ed.), Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism: Critical Issues in Management, Radicalisation and Reform. London: Routledge.

McGarry, S. R., & Ferguson, N. (in press, 2013). Exploring Representations of the Soldier as Victim: from Northern Ireland and Iraq (p. 120-142). In S. Gibson & S. Mollan (Eds.), Representations of Peace and Conflict. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave.

Ferguson, N. (in press, 2013). The Universalization of Western Liberal Democracy and the End of Morality. In D. Schrader & E. Nowak (Eds.), Educating Competencies for Democracy. Berlin: Peter Lang.

Ferguson, N., Muldoon, O., & McKeown, S. (in press, 2013). Group Identity and Political Violence in Northern Ireland. London: Palgrave.

Binks E., & Ferguson, N. (2012). Identities in Diaspora: Social, National and Political Identities of the Irish and Northern Irish in England. Contemporary Social Sciences.

Ferguson, N., & Kamble, S. V. (2012). Restoring Just World Beliefs after Reflecting on the 2008 Mumbai Attacks: Revenge, Denial and Terrorism Related Distress among British and Indian Students. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 6, 687-696.

Binks, E., & Ferguson, N. (2012). Religion, trauma and non-pathological dissociation in Northern Ireland. Mental Health, Religion and Culture

Ferguson, N. (2012). [Review of the book Transforming Violent Conflict: Radical Disagreement, Dialogue and Survival by O. Ramsbotham]. Democracy and Security, 8, 219-221.

Ferguson, N. (2011). Moral Development. In  D. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Chichester, England: Wiley.

Ferguson, N. (2011). Social Identity Theory. In  D. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Chichester, England: Wiley.

Ferguson, N. (2010). Post Conflict Reconstruction. Cambridge Scholars Press: Newcastle.

Ferguson, N., Burgess, M., & Hollywood, I. (2010). Who are the Victims? Victimhood Experiences in Post Agreement Northern Ireland. Political Psychology, 31, 6, 857-886.

Ferguson, N. (2010). Introduction. In N. Ferguson (Ed.), Post Conflict Reconstruction (p. 1-6). Cambridge Scholars Press: Newcastle.

Ferguson, N. (2010). Education in a Divided Society: The Role of Intergroup Contact in Peace Building in Northern Ireland. In N. Ferguson (Ed.), Post Conflict Reconstruction (p. 51-61). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Ferguson, N. (2010). Disarmament, Demobilization, Reinsertion and Reintegration: The Northern Ireland Experience. In N. Ferguson (Ed.), Post Conflict Reconstruction (p. 151-164). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Ferguson, N. (2010). Disengaging from Terrorism. In Silke, A (Ed.), The Psychology Of Counter-terrorism (p. 111-123). London: Routledge.

Ferguson, N., & Burgess, M. (2009). From Naivety to Insurgency: The Causes and Consequences of Joining a Northern Irish Paramilitary Group. In D. Canter (Ed.), Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Explorations (pp.19 – 33). Chichester, England: Wiley.

Ferguson, N. (2009). The Impact of Political Violence on Moral Reasoning: Socio-political reasoning in Northern Ireland. In S. Scuzzarello, C. Kinnvall and K. Renwick Monroe (Eds.), On Behalf of Others: The morality of care in a global world (pp. 233-254). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ferguson, N. (2009). Building Moral Character. [Review of the Book How Children Become Moral Selves: Building Character and Promoting Citizenship in Education] Cambridge Journal of Education. 39, 2, 278-279.

Ferguson, N. (2008) God’s Mediator. The Expository Times, 119, 186.

Ferguson, N., & Burgess, M., & Hollywood, I. (2008). Crossing the Rubicon: Deciding to Become a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Conflict and Violence. 2, 1, 130-137.

Ferguson, N., & Burgess, M. (2008). The Road to Insurgency: Drawing Ordinary Civilians into the Cycle of Military Intervention and Violent Resistance. In M. D. Ulusoy (Ed.), Political Violence, Organized Crime, Terrorism and Youth (pp. 63-71). Amsterdam: IOS.

Binks, E. & Ferguson, N. (2007). Conflict, its legacies and adjustment among young children in Northern Ireland. In A. Hosin (Ed.), Responses to Traumatised Children (pp. 228-246). London: Palgrave.

MacGinty, R., Muldoon, O. Ferguson, N. (2007). No war, no peace: Northern Ireland after the Agreement. Political Psychology, 28, 1, 1-12.

Burgess, M., & Ferguson, N., & Hollywood, I. (2007). Rebels’ Perspectives of the Legacy of Past Violence and of the Current Peace in Post-Agreement Northern Ireland: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Political Psychology, 28, 1, 69-88.

Ferguson, N. Binks, E., Roe, M. D., Brown, J. N., Adams, T., Cruise, S. M., & Lewis, C. A. (2007). The IRA apology of 2002 and forgiveness in Northern Ireland’s Troubles: A cross-national study of printed media. Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 13, 1, 93-113.

Ferguson, N., & Gordon, M. (2007). Intragroup Variability among Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants. The Journal of Social Psychology, 147, 3, 317-319.

Ferguson, N. (2006). MOSAIC Conference Research Review: Current Research on Moral Education and Development in Europe. Journal of Moral Education, 35, 1, 129-136.

Binks, E. & Ferguson, N. (2006). English Children’s Interpretations of War and Peace. Interspectives, 21, 1, 12-18.

Burgess, M, Ferguson, N., & Hollywood, I. (2006). From Individual Discontent to Collective Armed-Struggle: Personal Accounts of the Impetus for Membership or Non-Membership in Paramilitary Groups. Perspectives of Evil and Human Wickedness, 2, 1, 36-46.

Burgess, M., & Ferguson, N., & Hollywood, I. (2006). From Individual Discontent to Collective Armed Struggle: Personal Accounts of the Impetus for membership or Non-membership in Paramilitary Groups. In W. A. Myers (Ed.), The Range of Evil: Multidisciplinary Studies of Human Wickedness. (pp. 29-40). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Ferguson, N. (2006). Intrastate Conflicts: Instigation, Propagation and Resolution. In M. Fitzduff & C. E. Stout (Eds.), The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace. Vol. 2. Group and Social Factors (pp. 37-58). West Port, CT: Praeger.

Ferguson, N. (2005). The Conflict in Cyprus: A Psychological Analysis. In M. Michael and A. Tamis (Eds.), Cyprus in the Modern World (pp. 215-227). Thessolonica: Vanias.

Burgess, M., Ferguson, N., & Hollywood, I. (2005).  A Social Psychology of Defiance: From Discontent to Action. In M. Sönser-Breen (Ed.), Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity (pp. 19-38). New York & Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Smith, S. & Ferguson, N. (2005). Becoming Clean in a Prison-based Drug Rehabilitation Programme: A Grounded Theory Analysis. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 42, 1. 51-75.

Burgess, M., Ferguson, N., & Hollywood, I. (2005) Violence Begets Violence: Drawing Ordinary Civilians into the Cycle of Military Intervention and Violent Resistance. Australasian Journal of Human Security, 1, 1, 41-52.

Ferguson, N. & Murphy, B. A. (2004) Forgiveness and Remembrance in England. Peace Research, 36, 1, 33-42.

Ferguson, N. (2003). Terrorism doesn’t start at Calais: An exploration of British responses toward domestic and international terrorism. Lock Haven International Review, 17.

Ferguson, N. & Binks, E. (2002). The Irish in England: Catholic and Protestant Religiosity, Social Memories and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Irish Journal of Psychology, 23, 3-4, 259-275.

Ferguson, N. & Cairns, E. (2002). The Impact of Political Conflict on Moral Maturity: A Cross-national Perspective. Journal of Adolescence, 24, 5, 441-451.

Ferguson, N., Willis, C. S. & Tilley, A. (2001). Moral Reasoning among Nigerian and Northern Irish Children: A Cross-cultural Comparison Using the Sociomoral Reflection Measure - Short Form. I. F. E. - PsychologIA: An International Journal, 9, 2, 1-6.

Ferguson, N. (2000). The Impact of Sectarian Injustice and the Paramilitary Ceasefires on Adolescent Just World Beliefs in Northern Ireland. Irish Journal of Psychology, 21, 1-2, 70-77.

Ferguson, N. (1999). The Effects of 30 Years of Political Violence on the Construction of Ethnic Identity and Inter-Community Relations in Northern Ireland. Lock Haven International Review, 13, 75-91.

McLernon, F., Ferguson, N. & Cairns, E. (1997). Comparison of Northern Irish children’s attitudes to war and peace before and after the paramilitary ceasefires. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 20, 4, 715-730

Ferguson, N. & Cairns, E. (1996). Political violence and moral maturity in Northern Ireland. Political Psychology, 17, 4, 713-725.

Ferguson, N., McLernon, F. & Cairns, E. (1994). The Sociomoral Reflection Measure - Short Form: An examination of its reliability and validity in a Northern Irish setting. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 64, 483-489.


 

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