Sophie Whiting


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Research interests

Dr Whiting joined the department of PoLIS as a lecturer in politics in June 2015, having previously worked and studied at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Whiting’s research interests include UK devolution and political parties - with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Dr Whiting is also interested in the role of women and gender within post-conflict politics.

Previous research includes several political party membership surveys (including the DUP and UUP in Northern Ireland), the influence of political violence and ‘spoiler’ groups within peace processes and the representation of women within formal institutions following conflict.

Research interests

  • UK politics and devolution
  • Gender and politics
  • The Northern Ireland peace process
  • Post conflict institutions


  • 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 awarded PSAI Brian Farrell Book Prize, Political Book of the Year (2015) and 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.

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Projects 2015 2016

Research Output 2012 2019

Ulster Unionist Party: Country before Party?

Whiting, S., Tonge, J., Braniff, M., Hennessey, T. & McAuley, J., 2018, (Submitted) Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Deep impact: The fiction of a smooth brexit for Northern Ireland

Braniff, M. & Whiting, S., 23 Mar 2017, In : Juncture. 23, 4, p. 249-253 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Northern Ireland
Power sharing

Gender, International Relations theory and Northern Ireland

Braniff, M. & Whiting, S., 2017, Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland . White, T. J. (ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mainstream or revolutionary? The politics of Sinn Féin in 2016

Whiting, S., May 2016, In : British Politics Review. 11, 2, p. 9-10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access