Dr Amanda Hall
I joined UCL in autumn 2020 after completing my PhD in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. I also hold an MA in Politics from Queen's University Belfast and a BA in American Studies from Yale University.
My research investigates the quality of peace in Northern Ireland after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, with a particular focus on the 'inter-referendum' years of 1998-2016 - from 1998 to the Brexit vote. I examine the relationship between the 'opportunity for a new beginning' imagined in peace negotiations and the division, animosity, and threat of violence that have characterised much of the period since. This is investigated across three levels of society: government responses, the role of the third sector, and the development of a culture war based on individual and collective identity. My research has been published in Irish Political Studies and the #Agreement20 Open Library of Humanities project, as well as through several online platforms. I am currently working on my first academic monograph, 'Beyond the Agreement: The Strained Peace of Inter-referendum Northern Ireland (1998-2016)'.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Hall, A. 2019. ‘Peace at Any Cost? The Necessity of the On the Runs Scheme to the Endurance of Peace in Northern Ireland’. Irish Political Studies 34(3), p. 357-378. https://doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2018.1447927
- Hall, A. 2018. ‘Incomplete Peace and Social Stagnation: Shortcomings of the Good Friday Agreement’. Open Library of Humanities 4(2), p. 7. http://doi.org/10.16995/olh.251
- Hall, A. January 2019. ‘Uncertainty Exposes Instability: Making Sense of Recent Violence in Northern Ireland’. Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. https://medium.com/@cstpv/uncertainty-exposes-instability-making-sense-of-recent-violence-in-northern-ireland-37baf1053d8a
- Hall, A. September 2018. ‘Writing the “Troubles” in the Shadow of Brexit’. Writing the Troubles. https://writingthetroublesweb.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/brexit/
- Hall, A. October 2017. ‘A New Beginning?’: Enduring Division in 2017 Northern Ireland’. Four Nations History Network. https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/a-new-beginning-enduring-division-in-2017-northern-ireland/
I contribute to teaching on:
- POLS0001: International Conflict Cooperation
- POLS0077: Political Violence.