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Peter Gardner


Peter Gardner is an Affiliated Researcher in the Department of Sociology and a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Education. He received a BA in Economic and Social Studies and an MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict from Trinity College Dublin. He studied for his PhD in Sociology at Jesus College, Cambridge.


Research interests

Gardner’s research interests include ethnopolitics, ethnically framed conflict, nationalism, political and economic ideology, education, peace-building, and theories of power.

His PhD focused upon Protestant/unionist ethno-politics in post-Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, analysing the content, rationale and delivery of Ulster-Scots education in Northern Irish schools. Entitled “Ethnicising Ulster’s Protestants: Tolerance, Peoplehood, and Class in Ulster-Scots Ethnopedagogy,” this thesis investigated the relationship between consociational peace-building and ethno-cultural education.



Gardner, Peter Robert (2017) “Diaspora, Defeatism and Dignity: Ulster Protestant Reimaginations of the Self through Ulster-Scots Americanism,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1332379.

Gardner, Peter Robert (2016) “Ethnicizing Ulster’s Protestants?: Ulster-Scots education in Northern Ireland,” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/1070289X.2016.1244512.

Gardner, Peter Robert (2015) “Unionism, Loyalism, and the Ulster-Scots Ethnolinguistic ‘Revival’”, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 15 (1): 4-25.

  • Position: Affiliated Researcher
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ