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Dr. David Mitchell
Assistant Professor, School of Religion

Biography

David Mitchell's main research interest is in peacebuilding and the politics of peace processes, with a specialism in Northern Ireland. He has published research on several dimensions of the Northern Ireland transition including party politics, language, sport, mediation and religion.

His current focus is on the comparative meaning and value of the Northern Ireland experience. He is editing, with Dong Jin Kim, a volume with brings together experts from Europe and East Asia to examine peacemaking in Ireland and Korea, due to be published by Routledge in 2021.

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, he 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

Dong Jin Kim and David Mitchell, Reconciling Divided States: Peace Processes in Ireland and Korea, Routledge, 2021 Book, 2021

Dong Jin Kim, David Mitchell, Reconciling Divided States: Peace Processes in Ireland and Korea, Routledge, 2021 Book, 2021

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville, Owen Hargie, Victoria Simms, Can sport build peace after conflict? Public attitudes in transitional Northern Ireland, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Sports Promotion and the Construction of 'Irish' Identity: Nationalism, Social Exclusion and the Gaelic Athletic Association in, editor(s)Ian Somerille, Lee Edwards, Oyvind Ihlen , Public Relations, Society and the Generative Power of History, London, Routledge, 2020, [Ian Somerville, David Mitchell and Owen Hargie] Book Chapter, 2020

David Mitchell, Comparative consultation: the theory and practice of 'sharing lessons' between peace processes, Cooperation and Conflict, 2020, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2020 URL

David Mitchell, Learning from peace processes: theory, practice, and the case of Northern Ireland, Government and Opposition, 2020, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2020 URL

From intractable conflict to global model of peacemaking: interpreting the Northern Ireland transition in, editor(s)Institute for Trans-division and Border Studies, Shinhan University. , Irish Peace Process and the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, South Korea, Ulryuk, 2019, pp106 - 136, [David Mitchell] Book Chapter, 2019

David Mitchell, The cycle of insecurity: reassessing the security dilemma as a conflict analysis tool, Peace and Conflict Studies, 26, (2), 2019, p1 - 25 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text

David Mitchell, Etain Tannam, and Sarah Wallace, The Agreement's impact on political co-operation, Irish Political Studies, 2018, p283 - 310 Journal Article, 2018 URL

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

David Mitchell, Non-nationalist politics in a bi-national consociation: the case of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 24, (3), 2018, p336 - 347 Journal Article, 2018 URL TARA - Full Text

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 TARA - Full Text DOI

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 TARA - Full Text URL

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 TARA - Full Text URL

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

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, Northern Ireland after coronavirus: three scenarios for politics and peace, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020

David Mitchell, How to learn from a peace process: an analysis of comparative contact, Comparative Perspectives on the Korean Peace Process: From Ireland and Beyond, Trinity College Dublin, 1 February 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

David Mitchell, How to learn from a peace process: scholarly and practitioner approaches to sharing the Northern Ireland experience of peacemaking, Political Studies Association of Ireland annual conference, Maynooth, Ireland, 19 October, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

David Mitchell, Review of Verwoerd: My Journey Through Family Betrayals, by Wilhelm Verwoerd , Journal of Peace Research, 2019 Review, 2019 URL

David Mitchell, Unionism since 1998: five arguments, Les Accords de Vendredi Saint, 20 Ans Après, University of Caen, France [presentation via video link], 29 March, 2019, University of Caen Invited Talk, 2019 URL

David Mitchell, An anti-Brexit party just made an extraordinary breakthrough in Northern Ireland, 2019, - Miscellaneous, 2019

David Mitchell, Comparative peace studies and the cases of Ireland and Korea, Creating an international network for peace studies and research, University of Leiden, The Hague, Netherlands, 13 September, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

David Mitchell, The risks and rewards of putting peace to the public, Review of Making Peace with Referendums: Cyprus and Northern Ireland, by Joana Amaral , European Political Science , 2019, p1-2 Review, 2019

David Mitchell, Sharing learning between peace processes: Ireland, Korea and 'comparative contact', Conflict Research Society annual conference, Brighton, UK, 9-10 September , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

David Mitchell, The value of comparative peace research , Building a Transnational Network of Scholars and Practitioners for a Comparative Study of Peace Processes in Northern Ireland, Former Yugoslavia and the Korean Peninsula, Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands, 4 February 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

David Mitchell, 'A force for good can rise from ashes of Belfast blaze', The Times (Ireland edition), 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018

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

David Mitchell, 'Four things that should happen before Irish unity', The Conversation, 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018 URL

David Mitchell, 'Irish language is still the tie that binds us all', The Times (Ireland edition), 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018

David Mitchell, Brexit And May's Embattled Government Leave The Good Friday Agreement Hanging In The Balance, Huffington Post, 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018

David Mitchell, 'DUP's red lines are based on a self-destructive Britishness many unionists don't share', The Conversation, 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018

David Mitchell and Dongjin Kim, 'Ireland can teach Korea about peace', The Times (Ireland edition), 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, The value of sharing experiences of peacemaking, The Colombian Peace Process: Opportunities and Challenges, Trinity College Dublin, 22 September 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

David Mitchell and Megan Miller, Reconciliation through language-learning? Lessons from the Turas Irish language project in East Belfast, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, Dublin City University, 14 October 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

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

David Mitchell, The "other" party: the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and the politics of power-sharing after 1998, Exclusion Amid Inclusion , Queen's University Belfast, 10 November 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville, Owen Hargie and Victoria Simms, Sport for reconciliation? Public attitudes to sport as a peacebuilding tool in Northern Ireland', Conflict Research Society annual conference, Trinity College Dublin, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

David Mitchell, From intractable conflict to global model of peacemaking: interpreting the Northern Ireland transition, Borderlands for Peaceful Co-existence in Korea and Beyond, Seoul, South Korea, 11 November 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

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

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

Ian Somerville, David Mitchell and Owen Hargie, Sport and social exclusion: experiences of transgender people in Northern Ireland, 6th International Conference on Sport and Society, University of Toronto, Canada, 30 July 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

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

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville and Owen Hargie, Social Exclusion and Sport in Northern Ireland: A Report on Research Funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers, Presentation of findings at public/media launch of Social Exclusion and Sport in Northern Ireland research report, 2 December 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Mitchell, David, Owen Hargie and Ian Somerville , Sport, sectarianism and social exclusion in Northern Ireland, Political Studies Association (PSA) annual conference, Sheffield, UK, 1 April 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville and Owen Hargie, Sport for peace in Northern Ireland?: a quantitative study of public attitudes to sport, sectarianism and inclusion, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, University College Cork, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

David Mitchell, Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Pulling together or pulling apart? Identity nationhood - Spain, Europe, the West, Trinity College Dublin, 25 June 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Ian Somerville, David Mitchell and Owen Hargie, Cross-community engagement, social inclusion and sport in Northern Ireland's post conflict society, International Communication Association pre-conference, Seattle, 22 May 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

David Mitchell, Ian Somerville and Owen Hargie, Sport and sectarianism in post-Troubles Northern Ireland: a qualitative study of public attitudes, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, Trinity College Dublin, 18 October 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

David Mitchell, Security dilemma theory and the implementation of the 1998 Agreement in Northern Ireland, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, Ulster University, Derry/Londonderry, 20 October 2012, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

John Brewer, David Mitchell, Gerard Leavey, Ex-combatants, religion and identity in Northern Ireland, Political Studies Association (PSA) annual conference, Belfast, 5 April 2012, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

John Brewer, David Mitchell, Gerard Leavey, Methodological Issues in Researching Ex-Combatants in Northern Ireland, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, University College Dublin, 22 October 2011, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

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

David Mitchell, Conditions for Peace: exploring the debate on Northern Ireland's lessons for the inclusion of 'extremes' in peace processes, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Specialist Group on Peace and Conflict conference, Trinity College Dublin, 22 May 2009, 2009 Oral Presentation, 2009

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

David Mitchell, Constructive Ambiguity and Party Implementation Strategies in Northern Ireland, 1998-2007, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) annual conference, NUI Galway, 17 October 2008, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Research Expertise

Keywords

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