David Mitchell
Assistant Professor, Irish School of Ecumenics


David Mitchell's research interests are in contemporary Northern Ireland politics, the politics of peace processes, and the roles of religion and sport in transitions out of conflict. After a BA in History and Philosophy and MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, David completed a doctorate in Politics at Ulster University (Magee) where he also taught. Prior to joining Trinity, David worked on projects based at the University of Aberdeen, Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health and Ulster University, carrying out qualitative and quantitative research among politicians, ex-combatants, religious activists, top-level and grassroots sports organisations, LGB, ethnic minority and transgender groups, and the general public.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

David Mitchell, Northern Ireland's Twenty Years of Troubled Peace, Current History, 117, (797), 2018, p89 - 95 Journal Article, 2018 URL

David Mitchell, Non-nationalist politics in a bi-national consociation: the case of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

Etain Tannam, David Mitchell, Sarah Wallace, The Agreement's impact on political co-operation, Irish Political Studies, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

Owen Hargie, David Mitchell and Ian Somerville , 'People have a knack for making you feel excluded if they catch on to your difference: transgender experiences of exclusion in sport'. , International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52, (2), 2017, p223 - 239 Journal Article, 2017 URL

David Mitchell and Megan Miller, Reconciliation through language learning? A case study of the Turas Irish language project in East Belfast, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2017, p1 - 19 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

John Brewer, David Mitchell, Gerard Leavey, Northern Ireland: Religion and Transitional Justice, Conflict Studies Quarterly, 14, 2016, p74 - 91 Journal Article, 2016

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville and Owen Hargie, Sport for Peace in Northern Ireland? Civil Society, Change and Constraint after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18, (4), 2016, p981 - 996 Journal Article, 2016 URL

David Mitchell, Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland: Political Parties and the Implementation of the 1998 Agreement. Manchester: Manchester University Press., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2015 Book, 2015 URL

John Brewer, David Mitchell, Gerard Leavey, Ex-combatants, Religion and Peace in Northern Ireland: The Role of Religion in Transitional Justice , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan , 2013 Book, 2013

David Mitchell, Sticking to their guns? The politics of arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland, 1998-2007, Contemporary British History , 24, (3), 2010, p341 - 361 Journal Article, 2010

David Mitchell, Cooking the fudge: constructive ambiguity and the implementation of the Northern Ireland Agreement, 1998-2007, Irish Political Studies, 24, (3), 2009, p321 - 336 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

David Mitchell, Five reasons to be optimistic about Northern Ireland politics, The Conversation, 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018 URL

David Mitchell and Dongjin Kim, Divided Korea can learn from North's peace process, Irish Times, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017 URL

David Mitchell, Learning the (Irish) language of reconciliation in Protestant East Belfast, Discover Society, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017 URL

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville, Owen Hargie, Sport and politics are (slowly) parting ways in Northern Ireland, LSE Politics , 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville, Owen Hargie, Summer focus on football scores goal for peace in NI, Irish Times, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

David Mitchell, Good Friday and the wait for a new politics in Northern Ireland, Open Democracy, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015 URL

Owen Hargie, Ian Somerville and David Mitchell , Social Exclusion and Sport in Northern Ireland: A Report on Research Funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers, Belfast, Ulster University , 2015 Report, 2015 URL

David Mitchell, Conditions for peace in Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine, Peace Review, 22, (3), 2010, p280 - 287 Journal Article, 2010 URL

David Mitchell, Room for accommodation: incentives, sanctions, and conditionality in Northern Ireland, Accord: An International Review of Peace Initiatives, 2008, - Miscellaneous, 2008

Research Expertise


Conflict resolution ; ETHNIC-CONFLICT; Northern Ireland Conflict; Northern Ireland Troubles; Northern Ireland/British-Irish Politics ; Peace Studies; Peacebuilding; Religion, Conflict and Peace; Sport Studies