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Dr. Brendan Ciaran Browne

Assistant Professor (School of Religion)


Assistant Professor (School of Ecumenics)

Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne is an interdisciplinary scholar with an LL.B, LL.M (Law & Human Rights) and PhD in Sociology, all from Queen's University Belfast. Dr Browne has previously held positions at Queen's University Belfast, and Al Quds (Bard) University, Palestine, where he taught Transitional Justice and the Laws of Armed Conflict. Dr Browne's research interests are situated around political conflict, the impact of post-conflict reconstruction on children and young people, commemorating conflict, transitional justice, violent displacement in conflict, conflict and resilience in Palestine, and conducting research in conflict zones. His research is focused on Northern Ireland and Palestine where he spends time travelling regularly to conduct fieldwork. Dr Browne has received research funding for his work including from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Wellcome Trust. Dr Browne is an award winning teacher, having been nominated twice for the prestigious Provost's Teaching Award, winning the accolade in 2019. In addition, he has been nominated twice for his work on community engagement in Northern Ireland and Palestine, having been nominated twice (shortlisted in 2018) for the Trinity Civic Engagement Award. Dr Browne is open to receiving PhD applications from students broadly interested in the research areas listed above and would welcome those with a disciplinary background in law, sociology, politics, international relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and anthropology.
  At-Risk Children/Youth   Commemoration   Fieldwork   International children's research   Israel-Palestine Conflict   Northern Ireland Conflict   Post-Conflict Justice, Truth and Reconciliation   Refugees   Research Methods   Resistance   Risk and resilience   Transitional Justice
 Problematising Resilience: Risk, Resistance and Palestinian Youth 'coping' Under Occupation
 The 'Forgotten Victims': Violent Displacement in the Northern Ireland Conflict
 Risk, Resilience & Resistance: Palestinian Youth Under Occupation
 Beyond Sumud: Palestinian Resilience in the face of forced Displacement in the Old City of Jerusalem

Details Date
External Examiner, PhD, University of Exeter 15th May 2019
Peer reviewer for journals including; Irish Political Studies, American Anthropology. Book reviewer, Liverpool University Press.
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Conflict Research Society
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Fellow at Centre for Post-Conflict Justice
Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)
Gilmartin, N. & Browne, B. C. (Forthcoming), 'Burnt Out: Refugees, Displacement and the Northern Ireland Conflict', Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2021, Book, ACCEPTED
Dwyer, C., Browne, B., & Shirlow, P. (forthcoming), Young People, Risk and Social Justice in a Transitional Society: the Case of Northern Ireland , Oxford, Hart, 2020, Book, ACCEPTED
Conflict Fieldwork in, editor(s)Oliver Richmond and Gëzim Visoka , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020, [Brendan Ciarán Browne], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Emma Keelan & Brendan Ciarán Browne, Problematising Resilience: Development Practice and the Case of Palestine, Development in Practice, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Browne, B. C. & Asprooth-Jackson, C. , From 1969 to 2016: Relocating historical narratives of displacement during the "troubles" through the European migrant crisis., Capital & Class, 2019, p23 - 38, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Rivas, Althea. Maria., & Brendan Ciarán Browne. (Eds). , Experiences in Researching Conflict & Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted, Policy Press, 2018, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
'Attempting to 'write' the wrongs: keeping diaries and the benefits of continuous reflective practice when conducting conflict research' in, editor(s)Altea Maria-Rivas & Brendan Ciarán Browne , Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted , Policy Press, 2018, pp187 - 205, [Brendan Ciarán Browne], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Introduction in, editor(s)Rivas, A. M. & Browne, B. C. , Experiences with Violent Research and Researching Violence, Policy Press, 2018, pp1 - 13, [Rivas, A. M. & Browne, B. C.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Emma Keelan & Brendan Ciarán Browne, Resilience: Friend or Foe?, Clinical Medicine, 2018, p350 - 351, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Response paper' to; Rubinstein, R. A., Lane, S. D., Mojeed, L., Sanchez, S., Catania, E., Jennings-Bey, T., Arnett Haygood, E., & Mitchell, E. (2018) "Blood in the Rust Belt: Mourning and memorialization in the context of community violence", American Anthropology, 2018, p447 - 448, Review Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Brendan Ciarán Browne & Casey Asprooth- Jackson, ''Burn/t Out': Dealing with Historical Displacement in Contemporary Belfast, ISRF Bulletin, 19, 2019, p15 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, The Troubles: tens of thousands of people were violently displaced in Northern Ireland, 2019, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne & Casey Asprooth- Jackson, ''Burnt Out'', Artsetera, 2019, -, Visual art production, EXHIBITED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Expert analysis on the escalation in Palestine', Enca News, South Africa, 2018, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Cyber Security & Big Data in Conflict Settings', DSAI , 27th June, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Lessons from the Northern Ireland Conflict', Concern Workshop onIrish Responses in and to Conflict, UCD, 21st June , 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Burnt Out: Forgotten Victims of the Northern Ireland Conflict', Al Quds Public Library, Old City, Jerusalem, 27th November, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Beyond Exportability: the limits of the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the context of Palestine', Al Quds University, 28th November, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, Stop telling Palestinians to be 'resilient' - the rest of the world has failed them (The Conversation), 2018, -, Notes: [], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Brendan Ciarán Browne, The Gaza shootings show that a two-state solution is out of reach (The Newstatesman), 2018, -, Notes: [], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
TCD Vice Provosts Teaching Award Scheme (Awarded) 2018/19
Department of Employment and Learning, (DEL), Ph.D. Scholarship (£39,750, 2009) 2009- 2012
Small travel grant, British Academy, Council for British Research in the Levant (Max Award) 2011, 2012, 2013
The Sir Robert Hart Fund, Queen's University Belfast (Max Award) 2011
ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups (ISF4) (Max Award) 30 December 2017
TRISS Short Courses & Workshops Programme (Max Award) 15th January 2018
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund (Max award) 29 January 2018
FAHSS Visiting Professors Fund (Max award) 6th February 2018
TCD Vice Provosts Teaching Award Scheme (Nominated) 2017/18
TCD Civic Engagement Award (Shortlisted) 2017/18
ISSF Wellcome Trust Seed Funding 22nd March 2018
EACEA Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency Grant (Erasmus) € 515,000 8th August 2018
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund (Max award) 24/1/2019
TCD Visual & Performing Arts Fund 12/3/2019