Dr Shane MacGiollabhui

Senior Lecturer

School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.

Belfast campus

Room BC-07-107,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Institute for Research in Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer

Dr Shane MacGiollabhui


Dr Shane Mac Giollabhuí is a Lecturer in Politics and Postgraduate Tutor at the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University.

He writes about political parties and democracy in Africa and police surveillance in the United Kingdom. His research has appeared in African Affairs, Party Politics, Democratization, the British Journal of Criminology, and Qualitative Research.

Invisible Policing: Inside the World of Covert Surveillance, co-authored with Dr Bethan Loftus (University of Manchester) and Professor Benjamin Goold (University of British Columbia) will be published by Routledge in 2018.

In previous posts, he has conducted postdoctoral research at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford (2009–11), lectured in African politics at the Department of Politics and IR, in associated with St Peter’s College, at the University of Oxford (2011–15), and at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin (2015–17).

If you are interested in conducting PhD research under his supervision, please get in touch. He welcomes, in particular, candidates with projects on any aspect of the police and policing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Publications

Political Parties in Africa

“Battleground: Candidate Selection and Violence in Africa’s Dominant Political Parties” in Democratization, Vol. 25, No. 6 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2018.1451841

“Explaining the Rise of the Democratic Alliance: Organization and Identity in the Consolidation of Party Opposition in South Africa” in African Affairs (forthcoming, October 2018). Manuscript available on request

“The Fall of an African President: How, and Why, did the ANC Unseat Thabo Mbeki?” in African Affairs 116, 464 (July 2017).

“Last Man Standing: Ian Khama, Party Factions and the Durability of BDP Dominance”, with John Makgala, in Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink (eds.) Party Politics and Democracy in Africa: One-Party Dominance Reconsidered (London: Palgrave 2014).

“How Things Fall Apart: Candidate Selection and the Cohesion of Dominant Parties in South Africa and Namibia”, in Party Politics (July 2013). https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068811407599

Criminology (all co-authored with Dr Bethan Loftus and Prof. Benjamin Goold)

Invisible Policing: Inside the World of Covert Surveillance. London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2019.

“From a Visible Spectacle to an Invisible Presence: The Working Culture of Covert Policing”, in The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 56, No 4 (2016).

“Watching the Watchers: An Ethnography of Covert Police Investigation in the UK”, in Qualitative Research, Vol. 16, No. 6, (2016).