Neil Jarman

Neil Jarman

Director

Email: n.jarman@conflictresearch.org.uk

Neil has carried out research on such issues as street violence, disputes over parades, management of public order, police reform, racist and homophobic violence and human rights in a number of countries including Northern Ireland, South Africa, USA, Israel/Palestine, Kosovo, and Nepal.
He was an adviser to the Secretary of State for NI during the disputes over Orange Order parades in 1990s and a specialist adviser to the NI Affairs Committee for their inquiry into Hate Crime in NI (2004-5). He is currently working with the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) at the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as a member of an international panel tasked with drafting guidelines relating to law and practice on freedom of assembly.

Katy Radford

Katy Radford

Project Manager and Senior Researcher

Email: k.radford@conflictresearch.org.uk

Dr Katy Radford is a qualified trainer and mediator. She was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her role in advancing community relations. She specialises at working with women, former combatants and other victims of armed and unarmed conflict including refugees and asylum seekers.

She designed the methodology “The Art of Conflict Transformation” to practically and theoretically address social inclusion, the legacy of the past and conflict transformation. Katy is the Vice Chair of the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, the sole woman appointed to the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition and the first chair of the Executive Office’s Race Equality Panel.

Denise Hughes

Denise Hughes

Facilitator, Mediator and Trainer

Email: denisehughes@conflictresearch.org.uk

Denise Hughes joined ICR as a staff member in October 2014. She is a Community Relations Practitioner and Mediator who has worked with a wide range of constituencies, including PUL communities, Churches, police and the community, elected representatives and public service agencies dealing with the legacy of the ‘Troubles’. Denise has over 15 years experience dealing with many forms of conflict, contention and good relations issues.

Brendan Sturgeon

Brendan Sturgeon

Researcher

Email: b.sturgeon@conflictresearch.org.uk

Brendan has a PhD in Irish Politics from Queen’s University Belfast. He is currently working on The Belfast Mobility Project – which assesses contact, segregation and the time-geography of sectarian relations in Belfast.

His previous research studies have focused on the needs of young and older people in post conflict countries, assessed the nature of anti-social behavior in Northern Ireland and considered the impact of interfaces in divided societies.

Michael Avila

Michael Avila

Project Officer

Email: m.avila@conflictresearch.org.uk

Michael received his MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast. He has conducted research and facilitated programmes addressing issues of identity and conflict in Northern Ireland.

Michael previously worked with Co-operation Ireland on the Fresh Start Agreement’s Communities in Transition Programme and as a researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. Originally from California, Michael is a published journalist and Co-editor of the 5 Decades Project in Belfast.
Having worked and researched around the globe, Michael has an international lens for cross-cultural perspectives and dialogue, and this is reflected in both his research and mediation backgrounds.

Seana Carmichael

Seana Carmichael

Admin and Finance Manager

Email: s.carmichael@conflictresearch.org.uk

Seana is an experienced finance manager having worked in finance for over 10 years managing multimillion pound accounts. She has considerable payroll, book keeping, human resources, recruitment, administration and scheduling experience. She has been responsible for developing organizational procedures and systems for office personnel, including training, administration, billing, accounts payable and account management. Seana has a BSC(hons) in Applied Psychology.

Geraldine Scullion

Geraldine Scullion

Associate

Email: g.scullion@conflictresearch.org.uk

An experienced lawyer specialising in equality, anti-discrimination and human rights law and practice across Europe and the UK, Geraldine works with NGOs and grass roots community groups providing support, policy development, training and evaluation services, with a particular focus on developing human rights based approaches to legislative and policy change. Geraldine edits Briefings the legal journal of the UK Discrimination Law Association. Recent clients include the Traveller Movement and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

Michael Whan and Georgios Varoutsos

Michael Whan and Georgios Varoutsos

Associates

Email: info@conflictresearch.org.uk

Michael and Georgios are post graduate students at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) Queen’s University Belfast on placement to ICR. They are currently working with us on the recording and creation of soundscapes to augment our programmes and website.

Mariusz Smiejek

Mariusz Smiejek

Photographer

Mariusz Smiejek is an award winning photographer and photojournalist who exhibits and teaches internationally. His work with ICR includes the development and exhibition of work and publications on undocumented migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers along with work on masculinities and gender.

Stéphanie Heckman

Stéphanie Heckman

Associate

Stéphanie Heckman hails from the international peace and justice capital, The Hague, in the Netherlands. With experience of work and study there, in the USA and Sweden, she has applied social psychology, strategic leadership and sustainable development to her work in the face of complex system changes. As an accomplished and gifted artist, she sings under the alias Soma Saloli.

After a year with the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, she is now based in Belfast, from where she works internationally as a graphic facilitator, strategic visualiser and illustrator specialising in translating the content of meetings and conferences into striking visual landscapes that capture the essence of what took place in the room. Stéphanie hopes to make this emerging profession commonplace in Northern Ireland in order to bring the power of visualisation to all who stand to benefit from clear and impactful communication and augment the traction it has gained from the Bay Area to Hong Kong.

Interns

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