Lord Alderdice

Senior Research Fellow; Director, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict

John Alderdice is a psychiatrist by profession, but as Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, he played a significant role in the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and then a key figure in the normalization of security at the end of the conflict. He has held many international positions including as President of Liberal International, the global network of more than 100 liberal political parties (now Presidente D’Honneur). Since 1996 he has sat as a Liberal Democrat life member of the House of Lords and was Convenor of the Liberal Democrats in the House during the Conservative/Liberal Coalition. He is currently a Deputy Chairman of Committees and a member of the COVID Select Committee of the Lords. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, a Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, an Honorary Fellow of the Changing Character of War Centre at Pembroke College and has research affiliations with the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography in Oxford. He is the Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict and Emeritus Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast. His work has been recognized with many honorary doctorates, fellowships and prizes.

Lord Alderdice runs lectures, seminars and conferences in Oxford on conflict resolution and understanding fundamentalism, radicalization and terrorism. He is happy to meet and chat with interested individuals.

Lord Alderdice’s areas of special interest are the individual and group psychology of terrorism and violent political conflict, the psychology of religious experience and fundamentalism and the study of relations between groups of indigenous people and settler communities. He remains directly involved in analysis and interventions in violent political conflicts in various parts of the world and is President of ARTIS (Europe) Ltd (a research and risk analysis company) and Vice-President of the International Dialogue Initiative .

Selected Publications
(a full list and bio can be found on Lord Alderdice’s personal website: personal website
Alderdice, Lord (2005) ‘Understanding Terrorism – The Inner World and the Wider World’ Brit.J.Psychotherapy, 21, 4, June 2005
Alderdice, The Lord (2006) ‘Killing for a Cause – the Frightening Phenomenon of Terrorism’ Werkstattschriften Forensische Psychiatrie and Psychotherapie, 13, Jg 2006, Supplement II, 7 – 22.
Alderdice, The Lord (2007) ‘The individual, the group and the psychology of terrorism’ International Review of Psychiatry, June 2007, 19, 3, 201-20
Alderdice, The Lord (2008) ‘Creating a Shared Parliament in a Divided Society: Lessons from the Northern Ireland Experience’ Chap 5 in ‘Parliaments in Conflict-affected Countries’(2008) ed. Johnston AN, O’Brien M, and Staplehurst R, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and World Bank Institute, London and New York
Alderdice, John Thomas (2009) Sacred Values: Psychological and Anthropological Perspectives on Fairness, Fundamentalism and Terrorism, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 158-17
Alderdice, John, Lord (2010) ‘Post Conflict Justice Mechanisms – Northern Ireland’ in The Pursuit of International Criminal Justice: A World Study on Conflicts, Victimization and Post-Conflict Justice Vol 2 (2010), ed. M Cherif Bassouni, 957 – 983, Intersentia, Antwerp – Oxford – Portland.
Alderdice, John, Lord (2010) ‘On the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism’ Chap 3.6, 305-317, in Religion and Psychiatry – beyond boundaries, Verhagen, PJ et al, World Psychiatric Association, Wiley-Blackwell, UK ISBN: 978-0-470-69471-8
Alderdice, John, Lord (2010) ‘Off the couch and round the conference table’ Chap 1, 15 – 32, in Off the Couch – Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications, ed Alessandra Lemma and Matthew Patrick, Routledge, London and New York ISBN: 978-0-415-47615-7
Alderdice, John, Lord (2014) ‘Group Identity and the Roots of Terrorism (Chap 3) & Leadership’ (Chap 12) in Responses to Terrorism: can psychosocial approaches help to break the cycle? ed Colin Murray Parkes, Routledge, London and New York ISBN: 978-0415706247
Alderdice, John, Lord (2014) ‘The Nightmare for Aboriginal People and its Relation to Dreamtime’ Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Studies, 11(3), 217 – 229
Alderdice, John, Lord (2015) ‘Reconciliation and psychosocial understanding’ Brit.J.Psych.Int, 12 (3), 55 – 58
Alderdice, John, Lord, (2016) ‘Social Resilience and the Troubles in Northern Ireland’, Chap 6, 83 – 92, in ‘State, Society and National Security; Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century’ ed Shashu Jayakumar, CENS, Singapore ISBN: 978-9813-109988
Alderdice, John, Lord, (2016) ‘S V Raju: Keeping the flame of liberalism alive’, Chap 14, 195-213, in ‘Liberalism in India; Past, Present and Future; Essays in Honour of SV Raju’, ed Parth J Shah, Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi ISBN: 978-81-87984-27-6
Lord Alderdice, John, (2017) Why We Have the Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict in Oxford, New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 29 : Iss. 1, Article 3. http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol29/iss1/3
Alderdice, John, Lord, (2017) Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism Part I: Terrorism as Dissolution in a Complex System, Psychoanal. Psychotherapy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02668734.2017.1368692
Alderdice, John, Lord, (2017) Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism Part II: Fundamentalism, Regression and Repair, Psychoanal. Psychotherapy http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02668734.2017.1368693
Alderdice, John, Lord (2018), Terror and Terrorism, Chap 16, in ‘The Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis (First Edition)’, eds: Akhtar S & Twemlow S, Routledge, London ISBN: 978-1782-201878
Alderdice, John, Lord (2018) Modernism and Religious Knowledge, in ‘Faith and Modernity’, eds Alderdice J, and Shomali M, ARTIS (Europe) Ltd, Belfast ISBN: 978-1-5272-2537-4
Alderdice, Lord John (2018) Terrorism and the Development of Thinking on Human Rights, in ‘Contemporary Human Rights Challenges: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Continuing Relevance’, eds Ferstman C, Goldberg A, Gray A, Ison E, Nathan R, & Newman M, Routledge, London ISBN: 978-0-8153-6463-4
Spencer, Graham and Alderdice, Lord John, (2018), Forgiveness, the Individual and the Conflict Society, in ‘Forgiveness in Practice’ ed Hance S, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London ISBN: 978-1-84901-552-9
Alderdice, Lord John (2018) Recognition – The First Step to More Human Relationships, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aps.1568
Alderdice, John, Lord (2018) Guerra, terrorismo y pensamiento sobre los Derechos Humanos, La Bagatela – Revista de Derechos Humanos, Vol 7, 1, Julio de 2018, 15 – 43.
Alderdice, John, Lord (2018) Humanity and Inhumanity, in ‘En el jeugo de la vida’, eds Fatule, R, Peralta, C, & Saba, M, Lima
Alderdice, John, Lord (2019) Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism Part I: Terrorism as Dissolution in a Complex System, & Part II: Fundamentalism, Regression and Repair, Chaps 2 & 3 in ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Fundamentalism, Radicalisation and Terrorism’, eds Yakeley, J and Cundy, P, Routledge, London ISBN: 978-0-367-03039-1
Alderdice, Lord (2019), Ways out of Intractable Conflict, Chap 21, in ‘Social Scaffolding: Applying the Lessons of Contemporary Social Science to Health and Healthcare’, eds; Williams R, Kemp V, Haslam SA, Haslam C, Bhui KS, Bailey, S & Maughan D, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK ISBN: 978-1-911623-04-5
Alderdice, Lord (2020), Who are we? – Identity and difference in communities, in Faith, Identity, Cohesion: Building a Better Future, eds Jerard, J., and Huan, A., World Scientific Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1142/11837 ISBN: 978-981-122-058-6
Alderdice, Lord (in press), Morality, complexity and relationships, Journal of Moral Education https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2020.1781603
Alderdice, Lord (in press), Leadership, Conflict, Cooperation, Chap 20 in ‘Terrorism, Violent Radicalization and Mental Health’, eds, Bhui, KS and Bhugra D, Oxford University Press.

Contact Details
Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom