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.
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.
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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