Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Sophie Whiting

A lecturer in politics researching political violence within the context of global peace processes as well as post-devolution and gender politics in the UK

LecturerBa, PhD

1 West North 2.15
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5522


Dr Whiting joined the department in June 2015, having previously studied and worked at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Whiting’s research focuses on the impact and influence of political violence and ‘spoiler’ groups within international peace processes. She is currently working on a project investigating the role of women and gender within post-conflict politics.


  • PhD awarded Arthur McDougall Fund Prize, Political Studies Association prize for best PhD in elections, electoral systems or representation (2013).
  • Co- authored book ‘The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power’ was shortlisted for Practical Political Book of the Year, Paddy Power Book Awards (2015).
  • Outstanding Early Career Researcher, University of Liverpool Celebrating Success Awards (2014), commended.
  • Co-authored book ‘The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power’ PSAI Brian Farrell Book Prize, Political Book of the Year (2015).

Research interests

  • Conflict and reconciliation
  • Gender politics
  • British politics and parties
  • Devolution in the United Kingdom
  • The Northern Ireland peace process
  • The Politics of Terrorism

Current projects

  • Membership Survey of the Ulster Unionist Party (BA small research grants)



Whiting, S., 2015. Spoiling the peace? The threat of dissident republicans to peace in Northern Ireland. Manchester University Press.

Whiting, S., Tonge, J., Braniff, M., Hennessey, T. and McAuley, J., 2014. The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power. Oxford University Press.

Book Sections

Whiting, S. and Braniff, M., 2017. Gender, International Relations theory and Northern Ireland. In: White, T. J., ed. Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Whiting, S., 2015. Conflict resolution and terrorists as spoilers. In: Kennedy-Pipe, C., Clubb, G. and Mabon, S., eds. Terrorism and Political Violence. Sage, pp. 226-242.


Braniff, M. and Whiting, S., 2017. Deep impact:the fiction of a smooth brexit for Northern Ireland. Juncture, 23 (4), pp. 249-253.

Braniff, M. and Whiting, S. A., 2016. ‘There’s just no point having a token woman’:gender and representation in the Democratic Unionist Party in post-agreement Northern Ireland. Parliamentary Affairs, 69 (1), pp. 93-114.

Whiting, S., 2016. Mainstream Revolutionaries:Sinn Fein as a 'normal' political party. Terrorism and Political Violence, 28 (3), pp. 541-560.

Whiting, S., 2012. ‘The Discourse of Defence’: ‘Dissident’ Irish Republicanism and the ‘Propaganda War’’. Terrorism and Political Violence, 24 (3), pp. 483-503.

Non-academic press

Whiting, S., 2015. Five things you need to know about Northern Ireland’s new leader. The Conversation

Amery, F., Happer, C., Lees, C., McAngus, C., Cutts, D., Shaw, E., Thomson, J., Van Reenan, J., Tonge, J., Thompson, L., Saward, M., Matthews, N., Lynch, P., Murray, R., Scully, R., Whiting, S., Wilks-Heeg, S. and Honeyman, V., 2015. Election 2015:Conservatives gain in England, SNP rampant across Scotland – experts react. The Conversation

Whiting, S., 2015. Between money and morality:How would Northern Ireland's DUP approach post-election deal making? Juncture

This list was generated on Thu Oct 19 15:34:38 2017 IST.