Posted by: promiseofpeaceni | May 22, 2013

Press Release – 22 May 2013

Pioneering project looks at impact of Good Friday Agreement 15 years on

The team behind a pioneering research project on the impact of the Good Friday Agreement on life in Northern Ireland 15 years on is appealing for members of the public to get involved.

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the University of Ulster, Swansea University and University College Dublin, want to promote widespread discussion on a range of issues including parading, dealing with the past, institutional change, the impact of dissidents, and spoilers and physical and psychological barriers to peace.

Speaking about the project, Dr Joanne Murphy from Queen’s University Management School said: “This project, funded by the British Academy, and launched on the 15th anniversary of the historic North/South Referenda, is the first truly inter-disciplinary attempt to contextualise the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement and to begin to define current challenges facing society here.

“Our team wants to study the progress that has been made on a wide range of issues over the past fifteen years, while considering what obstacles to positive change still remain today, and we want to encourage widespread public discussion around these issues.”

In order to make it easy for people to get involved, the team have launched a Twitter account (@transformpeace), a blog ( with regular audio boos to spread the word about the project and will be encouraging citizen engagement alongside academic research.

The team which includes academic lawyers, sociologists, political scientists, management scholars, literature and culture specialists and contemporary archaeologists, will also be running a series of events, including seminars and workshops. The project will culminate with a major conference at Queens University Belfast next April.

The project leaders are Professor Colin Harvey, Dr Joanne Murphy, Dr Stefanie Lehner and Prof Matthias Beck from Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Cillian McGrattan Swansea University, Dr Maire Braniff University of Ulster and Dr Laura McAtackney University College Dublin. 


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