Having been awarded 8 AHRC or ESRC awards (four as Principal Investigator) since 2007, Kieran has conducted research in over a dozen conflicted or transitional countries’ contexts on topics including politically motivated prisoners, ex-combatants, victims, amnesties, truth recovery, human rights, restorative justice and the role of lawyers in conflict transition. He has written or edited six books, a four volume Handbook of Transitional Justice, five special issues and over sixty journal articles and scholarly book chapters. His research has garnered a number of awards including the British Society of Criminology book of the year award and the Socio-legal Studies Association article of the year, three times.
In recent years, he has worked as Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project on ‘Apologies, Abuses & Dealing with the Past’ . He was Senior Co-Investigator on an AHRC funded project ‘Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies’ In addition, he worked as Co- Investigator on an ESRC funded project on ‘Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences’.
He leads the team working on ‘Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland’. This project, supported by the AHRC, Queens Business Alliance and ESRC Accelerated Impact fund has resulted in a range of practical and policy reports designed to assist the public conversation on these difficult and sensitive issues. Kieran has given evidence at the UK Defence Select Committee (2017), Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Good Friday Agreement (2018) and Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee (2019). He has also co-authored a number of collaborative papers with local NGOs and academic colleagues on legacy issues.
Kieran is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a long term human rights and peace activist in Northern Ireland, a former chair and Executive Committee member of the region’s main human rights NGO the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), and a founding member of Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI). He also a member of the Board of the London based human rights NGO Rights and Security International.