Addressing the Injustices of the Past: Socioeconomic Deprivation and Intercommunal Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Belfast, and Northern Ireland

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Addressing the Injustices of the Past: Socioeconomic Deprivation and Intercommunal Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Belfast, and Northern Ireland

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Research Question

This project will seek to investigate the role that continued legacies of socioeconomic deprivation in many of the most affected areas of the conflict in the cities of Londonderry/Derry and Belfast have had on ongoing attempts to address the past and advance intercommunal reconciliation between local Catholic/nationalists and Protestant/unionists populations.

Significance

The findings from this research will not only make significant contributions both to the existing literature on transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation and help to influence and shape key ongoing policy and governance decisions within Northern Ireland on how to address the legacies of the past.

Methods Used

The primary focus this fieldwork will be to conduct a series of approximately 75 qualitative expert interviews with select academics, government officials, civil society representatives, and non-governmental community leaders best able to provide insight into the impact that socioeconomic deprivation at interface areas has and will have on ongoing processes of intercommunity reconciliation. Interviewees will also be asked questions regarding their assessment of the key policy issues related to deprivation and how they might be addressed through the work of governmental and non-governmental actors in Northern Ireland.

Publication Date

2017

Department

Political Science

Disciplines

Human Rights Law | International Law | Political Science

Addressing the Injustices of the Past: Socioeconomic Deprivation and Intercommunal Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Belfast, and Northern Ireland

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