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 researchevaluations and training, not just in Northern Ireland but also internationally.

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Recent publications

The Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) and Belfast Interface Project (BIP) have recently (2013) undertaken research into the potential for sharing education in schools in interface areas of North Belfast. Funded by the Integrated Education Fund (IEF), this research is part of a broader regional discussion on the nature of shared education, what this currently constitutes for communities and what the opportunities are for its development.

Releasing the Tension: An Evaluation of the Impact of Complementary Therapies on People Living with, and Affected by, a HIV+ Diagnosis

This report was conducted by the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) on behalf of Positive Life in order to evaluate the impact of complementary therapies (particularly aromatherapy and reflexology) on people living with a HIV+ diagnosis and those affected by such a diagnosis, including family members and partners. It is not a clinical study but rather a mixed-method investigation of the physical, emotional, psychological and social impact on the lives of those living with and affected by HIV.

The Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) was commissioned early in 2012 to conduct a
process of engagement with young people living in interface areas across Belfast. This
process aimed to assess their views on the impact that living at an interface has on their daily lives, and how they would like to be included in dialogue around interface issues moving forward.

This report presents the findings of a research project, the Community Dialogue Tool, which has been commissioned by the Southern Education 
and Library Board (SELB) as part of its wider Lurgan Town Project (LTP), a strategic approach to community relations. The aim of that project is to identify and address perceptions and experiences of sectarianism, segregation and community cohesion amongst 
young people in and from Lurgan, as part of the 
wider process of peace building in Northern 

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 research identifies and assesses the social and economic needs of individuals from the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan) currently living in Belfast and was conducted on behalf of the Horn of Africa People's Aid Northern Ireland (HAPANI). 

Belfast Interfaces - Security barriers and Defensive Use of Space.pdf (2012)

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.

A higher resolution copy can be accessed on Scribd:

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.

ICR is currently involved in the Stranger project, an initiative which intends to challenge xenophobia and social exclusion in Europe by exploring and developing storytelling as a method for improving dialogue between the majority population and ethnic minorities.

To mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, on Wednesday 20th November, SAIL Social Impact Films have produced a short film highlighting the difficulties faced by transgender persons.

Link to ICR documents at Scribd

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