As begin to finalise parts of my PhD proposal I have become very reflective on my educational and personal journey. I have been questioning what has brought me to the place where I want to do a PhD and what passions are driving this desire for further study.
The more I think about it, the more I love Northern Ireland. I am hoping to concentrate my PhD on analyising the effects of consociationalism on creating peace, exploring whether or not it has been an effective regulator of conflict or simply a means of promoting toleration.
Northern Ireland clearly has this weird way of gripping her people. Not everyone; but certainly a great many. For example I know of two other friends who are actively engaged in cutting edge research regarding Northern Ireland, and I’m sure there are many more. (1, 2)
What is it about this place?