Lord Paul Bew had been Chair of Irish politics at Queen’s University, Belfast since 1991. A native of Belfast, Professor Bew studied for his Master and PhD at Cambridge University. A recognized authority on Irish history and politics, Bew has cultivated an international reputation for training his historian’s eyes on one of history’s most combustible settings, Northern Ireland. A professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s University in Belfast, Bew has authorized books and articles that examine aspects of Irish history ranging from 19th century land controversies to beginnings of the Good Friday peace accord.
Lord Bew has also been a highly-sought-after commentator in print and broadcast media on the tumultuous Northern Irish peace process, in particular for his expertise on Unionist history. Bew’s talents have evne put him within the arena of history itself, as an advisor to the British government’s investigation of the infamous 1972 “Bloody Sunday” massacre of 13 people by British soldiers in Derry. Professor Bew’s contributions to the Good Friday Agreement process were acknowledged with an appointment to the House of Lords as a life peer in February 2007, and sits as a cross bencher.
He is the author or co-author of 14 books on modern Irish history and politics, including the Ireland 1789-2006 volume of the Oxford History of Modern Europe. He is an experienced broadcaster and journalists as well. Laso published in 2007 THE MAKING AND RE-MAKING OF THE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT, a collection of his many articles in the Dublin and London press on the Northern Ireland peace process.