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Dr Alan McCully

Senior Lecturer in Education (History & Citizenship)

School of Education
Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Coleraine campus
Room G235A
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA
+44 28 7012 4975
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Dr Alan McCully has been a Senior Lecturer (history and citizenship) in the School of Education since 2002 having previously been a research fellow. He completed his PhD by publication in 2009.

His research has been in the field of education, conflict and peacebuilding, first in the context of Northern Ireland and then internationally in South East Europe and Uganda. Focus has been on the inter-relationship between history taught in schools and that encountered informally in communities and on the pedagogy required to teach controversial and sensitive issues in conflict affected regions.

Dr McCully's research findings have been published in a range of journals including Journal of Curriculum Studies, Compare, Teachers’ College Record, Educational Review and Theory and Research in Social Education. He has been Principal or Associate Investigator for research grants totalling £1,409,028 in funding through awards from the Royal Irish Academy, ESRC-TLRP, the Nuffield Foundation, the International Fund for Ireland, DENI and the Community Relations Council for NI.

He has established research and writing partnerships in the field of history education with Professor Keith Barton of Indiana University and Professor Fionnuala Waldron of Dublin City University. Dr McCully was a participant in a COST group examining the role of lay representations of History and group based emotions in inter-group conflict and reconciliation processes (2014-16) and a member of the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding (Ulster, Amsterdam and Sussex, 2014-16) working in four countries – Pakistan, Myanmar, South Africa and Uganda.

Dr McCully is a member of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, the American Educational Research Association, the British Educational Research Association, the History Teacher Education Network (President 2004-2015), the Historical Association., the Teaching History Association of Northern Ireland and is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

In Northern Ireland his work has influenced policy and teacher practice in history and citizenship education in the NI Curriculum. Internationally, he contributed to the COST Guidelines for History Teaching, prepared for situations of intergroup conflict. He has acted as advisor with the Council of Europe, ADRA, the British Council and Euroclio in Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo and the Russian Federation.

Research publications

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To view all publications please visit Ulster University Institutional Repository (UIR)