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.
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.
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