The Institute for Conflict Research is an independent research organisation, based in Belfast, which specialises in working on issues related to conflict, human rights, social transformation and social justice. It is a not for profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status and is managed by a board of directors drawn from the community, voluntary and academic sectors. We also carry out research, evaluations and training, not just in Northern Ireland but also internationally.
The following reports are part of a series of the 'The Challenge Hate Crime' project which has been financed by the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
This is the first piece of research from Northern Ireland to specifically investigate the experiences of young people who experience gender distress and/or identify as transgender (aged 25 and under). The report highlights the numerous challenges that young transgender people and their families face in multiple spheres of their lives because of the widespread ignorance, prejudice and discrimination that continues to exist towards transgender people in Northern Ireland.
This research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council under the Global Uncertainties programme and Professor John Wolffe from the Open University’s Ideas and Beliefs Fellowship on ‘Protestant-Catholic Conflict: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Realities’.
The Platform for Intercultural Europe and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland hosted a 6th Intercultural Practice Exchange in Belfast from 14-16th November 2012 considering the transformative role of the Arts and Interculturalism in a post conflict context. ICR were asked to act as rapporteur for this event and this report summarises the proceedings and the reflections of international participants from within a rights and equality framework
The Institute for Conflict Research was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership to conduct research on information relating to migration in Northern Ireland. The report was published in November 2012. The information was used to establish a website on relevant migration information for Northern Ireland.
This report, conducted on behalf of ACSONI, engages with the debates on the nature of charity campaigns to assess the impact of charity campaign images on Africans and those of African descent in the context of Northern Ireland, as well as the implications for their human rights.
This provides an overview of defensive architecture and associated blighted space in Belfast together with a comprehensive listing, with photographs and descriptions, of security barriers and defensive space throughout the city.
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Let me speak, help me be heard (2011):
An evaluation carried out with Praxis Care of the Alzheimer's Society advocacy service for people with dementia.
Healthcare Issues for Transgender People Living in Northern Ireland (2011):
An investigation into current health and social care provision, making recommendations on how to improve the services afforded to Northern Ireland's trans community.
The CitySide Initiative (2011):
Areas of Research
Equality and Diversity. We have undertaken various projects on issues affecting the minority ethnic communities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of Northern Ireland.
Conflict and Violence. This includes work on violence in interface areas, disputes over parades, anti-social behaviour, various forms of hate crimes and young people’s involvement in violence.
Human Rights. Our work has focused on issues associated with freedom of assembly in Northern Ireland and Europe and on the relationships between conflict intervention work and human rights.
Legacy of the Conflict. A number of studies have explored the ongoing impact of the Troubles on individual lives, institutional practices and service provision.
Hate Crime. ICR has carried out a range of projects looking at hate crime, both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
Migration. ICR has undertaken a number of studies on the changing patterns of migration to Northern Ireland. This includes an overview of general trends, plus local studies in Belfast, Dungannon and in the further education sector.
Policing. Includes research on the relationships between the PSNI and young people, and black and minority ethnic communities and lesbians, gays and bisexuals; also work on community based policing including Neighbourhood Watch.
Sectarianism and Segregation. This includes projects on the dynamics of mixed residential communities, on the daily patterns of segregation and division, on sectarian violence and on approaches to creating a more integrated society.
Young People. Numerous pieces of work including projects on young people and policing, on their experiences of violence, on young people's views of electoral politics and work in relation to a variety of aspects of education.