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Professor Neil Ferguson

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I am a Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and a recent Fulbright Scholar at the national Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. I have also recently served as a Visiting Research Fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. My research has focused on political conflict and its psychological implications since I studied towards my PhD at the University of Ulster. I am currently the Chair for the University Research Ethics Committee and have previously served as the Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. I have also had the privilege to serve as Research Fellow at University of St Andrews, and teach on courses at the University of Ulster, University of York and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. I have a long-standing association with, and have served as a member of the Governing Council for the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) for two terms. I am an Associate Editor of Political Psychology and serve on the editorial committees of the Journal of Moral Education, Journal of Deradicalization and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. I am a trustee of, and the treasurer for the Journal of Moral Education Trust. My current research focuses on processes of engagement, involvement and disengagement from politically motivated violence focusing on paramilitary groups based in Northern Ireland. I have published in both psychological and politics journals, edited and contributed to a number of edited volumes and offered critical advice to various governments, security agencies and NGOs on issues around radicalization, terrorism, counter-terrorism and conflict transformation. I teach across the Psychology curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise PhD students researching within the broad field of political psychology.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative methods
  • Social Identity approaches
  • Political conflict
  • Northern Ireland
  • Terrorism (radicalization and deradicalization)
  • Moral reasoning
  • Peace building and conflict transformation