Orna Young (Research Officer)
Orna holds a PhD in Politics from Queen's University of Belfast, where she researched the nature of peace-building efforts at the interfaces of North Belfast. Her wider research interests have centred around social capital theory, urban conflict and group identities.
Since joining the ICR team in March 2011, she has worked on the "Divided We Stand?" project, in conjunction with the Nerve Centre and the University of Ulster,a project identifying the needs of those individuals from the Horn of Africa now living in Northern Ireland as well as the ACSONI report on African images and their impact on public perception. She is currently working on projects relating new media and young people in interface areas; ‘shared’ education; contested spaces; and hate crime.Orna also currently acts as an advisor to Transconflict
Jenny Young (Research Assistant)
Jenny holds an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast where she focused on the role of physical barriers in deeply divided societies. She is interested in inter-faith and cross-cultural dialogue, ethnic minority rights, and international approaches to peace-building. She became an intern with ICR in July 2012.
Jo Sloane (Research Assistant)
Joanne recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc (Hons) in criminology and criminal justice. During her final year at University Joanne carried out research into the recent phenomenon of Wikileaks and further linked this to international state crime. She has a keen interest in the Northern Ireland Prison Service, in particular the treatment of juvenile and female prisoners, immigration detention and the treatment of minority groups in Northern Ireland. Since joinging ICR in September 2012, Jo has been assisting in research with the Irish Football Association and also an integrating communities programme.
Michael McCluskey (Research Assistant)
Michael joined ICR in October 2012. He recently graduated with a first class Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Ulster. In his final year he carried out research for his dissertation into the effectiveness of short custodial sentences in Northern Ireland. He is interested in local contentious issues surrounding; Parading, Flags, segregated communities, as well as alternative measures to traditional crime punishment. Michael is currently working on projects pertaining to shared education, hate crime, and peace-building in interface areas.