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.
Pauline is a relatively new addition to the core team at ICR, having previously carried out organisational and financial project work within the Civil Service, the Depart of Education and private sector organisations.
Having an economics background and a significant interest in governance, Pauline has been on a number of Boards and is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast.
Olivia has interned at ICR since July 2013. In this time she has worked as an action based researcher and co-facilitator on several projects aimed at the promotion of good relations and communication between diverse communities; involving young people, minority groups and victims of the conflict. These have included the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ programme and co-authorship of a report on poverty and ethnicity in Northern Ireland on behalf of JRF. She has found her time with the Institute highly enjoyable and rewarding.
Following the completion of her undergraduate law degree at Durham University in the summer of 2014, she will be commencing a Masters degree in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at the University of Ulster in September 2015.
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.
Dimitri is studying Information Technology at I.T.I. Tito Sarrocchi (Siena, Italy). He has provided substantial administrative and IT support to ICR – helping to design and update the organization’s website.
James Copeland is heavily involved in the civil rights movement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender community in Northern Ireland. He works as a Sexual Health Development Officer, providing much needed advice around health and wellbeing issues across the province. James is a trained teacher with a PGCE in History and Media at UUC and has worked continually as a facilitator and trainer for The Rainbow Project and Cara-Friend. He is a current board member of Parenting NI (Parenting for NI ltd.) and a past board member of UUSU and worked as a counsellor and counsellor support team member at Childline for a period of 3 years before leaving in 2011 to train as a teacher. James is a passionate advocate for equality amongst all groups in our society and he is also undertaking some work on a part time basis with the Institute of Conflict Research with a view to developing an LGBT history archive in Northern Ireland.
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.