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, Kosova, 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 has a PhD in Social Anthropology and is an associate member of CIPD. She specialises at working with children and young people, women, victims of the conflict including former combatants, and with those from minority communities. Her areas of interest include good relations, social inclusion, the arts and media.
Katy was an external appointment as special advisor to the Commision for Victims and Survivors , she sits on the OFMDFM convened Race Equality Panel and on a number of Arts Council Steering Groups. She was awarded an MBE for services to Community Relations in 2011.
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.
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.
Her previous post was working with The LINC Project in North Belfast for 3 years building relationships and working on social justice issues with urban and rural women’s groups across Northern Ireland.
Prior to this Denise was employed by Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) for 9 years. This role involved working with many different constituencies on transforming conflict and developing leadership skills for managing change.
In addition to our core staff team, ICR have a list of associates with whom we work on a regular basis as required including specialists in Human Rights and Equality Training, Mediation, Counselling and Therapeutic Support.
We have a commitment to provide intern opportunities and to support visiting researchers.