Kirsty Campbell is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews. Kirsty achieved her MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies at St Andrews in 2009 and studied for a degree in Politics at the University of Edinburgh between 2004 and 2008. Her doctoral thesis explores mainstream sectarian discourses in Northern Ireland and how a peacebuilding organisation, the Corrymeela Community, has challenged these discourses. Kirsty’s academic interests are in Northern Irish politics, conflict transformation, sectarianism, disbandment and rehabilitation of paramilitaries, social capital theory and civil society.
Kirsty has been involved with peacebuilding work at the Corrymeela Community since 2009. Between 2011 and 2016 worked as a police officer with Fife Constabulary and Police Scotland in community engagement and criminal investigation roles.
Supervisors: Dr Gurch Sanghera and Dr Tim Wilson
Keynote speaker ‘Bystanding and Victims of War’ and Lead Facilitator ‘Building Social Capital of Leaders’, 16th Young Leaders Conference, 25th – 31st July 2017, Karachi, Pakistan
‘In support of social capital: a civil society response to consociationalism in Northern Ireland’, Rethinking the Politics of Freedom 5th Annual St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory, 21st April 2017, University of St Andrews
‘Residual paramilitarism and societal ambivalence around violence in Northern Ireland’ Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence The Society for Terrorism Research 2nd Postgraduate Conference, 9th June 2017, Ulster University
Campbell, K. Wilson, D. Braithwaite, J. (2016) Ending Residual Paramilitary Domination in Northern Ireland http://uir.ulster.ac.uk/36409/