Brian McQuinn


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Brian McQuinn
Research Associate
   
Contact:

Email: brian.mcquinn (at) anthro.ox.ac.uk

Phone: +41 (0)78 915 2412

   
Biography: Dr Brian Quinn is ICRC’s Adviser on the Sociology of Non-State Armed Groups. Prior to joining the ICRC, Brian was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, where he received his doctorate. Brian’s thesis was based on seven months of ethnographic fieldwork in Misrata, Libya during the 2011 uprising. His research examines cognition, group bonding and organisational morphology in armed groups. His research has appeared in a range of media including The Guardian, Financial Times and Nature; he has also served as a commentator on BBC World Service. He has published with Oxford University Press and in various journals, including the Journal for Conflict Resolution and PS:Political Science and Politics.
 
   
Field(s) of Interest
  • Social cohesion of civil war armed groups, specifically the social practices and organizational structures shaping the social morphology of non-state armed groups in civil wars.
  • Anthropology of contemporary armed conflict
  • Micro-foundations of civil war
  • Applied conflict analysis in conflict prevention and peacebuilding
   
Selected Publication
  • McQuinn, Brian (with Peter Cole) (eds.)(under contract), The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath (London: Hurst).
  • McQuinn, Brian (under contract), 'Under pressure: the emergence and evolution of revolutionary brigades in Misrata', in Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn (eds.), The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath (London: Hurst).
  • McQuinn, Brian (under contract), 'Introduction: the politics of revolutions and uprisings’, in Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn (eds.), The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath (London: Hurst).
  • McQuinn, Brian (with Harvey Whitehouse)(2012), 'Ritual and Violence: Divergent modes of religiosity and armed struggle', in Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, and Michael Jerryson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • McQuinn, Brian (2012), 'After the Fall: Libya's Evolving Armed Groups', Working Paper (12; Geneva: Small Arms Survey). Also available in Arabic.
  • McQuinn, Brian (2012), 'Armed Groups in Libya: Typology and Roles', Research Notes (18, Geneva: Small Arms Survey). Also available in Arabic.
  • McQuinn, Brian (with Richard Sullivan and Purushotham, Arnie) (2011), 'How are we going to rebuild public health in Libya?', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 104 (12), 490-92.
  • McQuinn, Brian (2011), 'Impact Assessment: Youth employment programmes in Sierra Leone (2007–2009)', (Freetown: United Nations Develop Programme).
  • McQuinn, Brian (2010), “Modes of coalition formation: CPN-Maoists doctrinal cohesion regimes” in New Researchers' Perspectives on the Nepalese People's War (Centre for Himalayan Studies: Paris).
  • McQuinn, Brian (with Kyle Beardsley) (2009), 'Rebel Groups as Predatory Organizations: The Political Effects of the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka', Journal of Conflict Resolution, 53 (4), 624-45.
  • McQuinn, Brian (2003) ‘A typology of post-accord problems: Step 1 - A survey of post-accord problems since 1989’, paper presented at the ‘Peace-building after Peace Accords’ conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, September 11–13.
  • McQuinn, Brian (with John Darby) (2003) ‘Contemporary peacemaking: a matrix’, paper presented at the ‘Peace-building after Peace Accords’ conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, September 11–13.