I am a senior lecturer in the SSESW [School of Social Science Education and Social Work,] QUB; I am interested in undertaking qualitative research which enhances understanding of the role of schools in divided societies: My published research falls into two key areas: Educational Policy– in particular, the concept of neo-liberalism and managerialism and its effects on educational policy/governance in NI and further afield Education in Divided Societies– specifically the role of schools in challenging societal division. I have undertaken research on school ethos and school governance attempting to develop greater conceptual clarity and specificity to both concepts. I have published extensively on the role of schools in promoting or impeding the development of more positive relations between groups divided by religious belief, political persuasion and cultural tradition.
My current research is focused on exploring the potential of the relatively recent concept of ‘shared education’ to promote better inter-group relations in Northern Ireland and other divided societies.
As Director of Post Graduate Taught Studies; in SSESW I have responsibility for the management and strategic development of postgraduate taught programmes within the School.