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I’m Jonny McCormick and I’m from Belfast, Northern Ireland – however, I have also enjoyed brief periods of residency in various parts of England and Canada.
I am currently a post-graduate research student on the PhD Political Studies program at Queen’s University Belfast in the Politics, International Studies and Philosophy Department. I am analysing the efficacy of consociations in Northern Irish governance seeking to see whether they have contributed to reconciliation and depolarisation or whether they have simply led to further entrenchment and mere toleration. I am ably guided by Prof. Rick Wilford as my primary supervisor with Dr. Peter McLoughlin acting as my secondary supervisor.
I hold a BA (Hons.) in Biblical Studies and Theology from Mattersey Hall through the University of Wales. My final year thesis entitled Emerging Hope: A Theological Response to Injustice, Especially As It Pertains To Conflict is available for viewing and download. I also hold an MA in International Relations with a specialist pathway in International Peacekeeping from the POLSIS department at the University of Birmingham. My MA thesis is not available online, although it was expertly supervised by Prof. Stefan Wolff.
Alongside my own research whilst at the University of Birmingham I also acted as the research assistant to two staff members. Firstly, Professor Stefan Wolff – Professor of International Securityat the University of Birmingham – working on the project ‘Guarantees in Peace Agreements: Conflict Settlements in Comparative Perspective’. Secondly, Dr Luis Cabrera – Senior Lecturer of Political Theory at the University of Birmingham – working on the project ‘Global Political Community’ which is going to contribute to an edtied series and on the ASAP conference and movement – which seeks to engage Academics in the fight against poverty taking them from the ivory tower to the public square.
Aside from my academic pursuits I am currently working as the Youth and Community Development Officer at Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church (FMPCI) in North Belfast. FMPCI is a church that has 2 sites in North Belfast, out sanctuary and church site on the Antrim Road and our Community Site and Halls on the Duncairn Gardens. My work at FMPCI is diverse and engaging. FMPCI is currently involved in launching a Centre for Reconciliation on the Duncairn Gardens site which is an inner city interface zone.
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Jonathan McCormick BA (Wales), MA (Bham), Ph.D (cand.) (QUB)