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The Centre for Global Justice (CGJ) is an interdisciplinary forum for research, public dialogue and education on global justice issues. It explores fundamental questions facing us as scholars, citizens and policy-makers, principally aimed at the following concerns: How can we make sense of justice in a global world? How do we understand global issues pertaining to collective life in areas such as culture, economics, education and politics? How do we advance a global justice agenda?


Centre Activities

Research & Impact
The key aim of the Centre’s activities pertains to the creation and dissemination of scholarly knowledge. Centre members contribute to interdisciplinary debates in the field of global justice and they seek to advance our knowledge and understanding of global justice issues. The Centre’s research expertise draws on a number of academic disciplines, including Cultural Studies, History and Political Studies; it is committed to a methodological pluralism which advances theoretical and applied knowledge in the area of global justice. Crucially, the Centre’s research activities are aimed at the creation of economic, social and cultural impact.


Public Engagement
The Centre is committed to public engagement and the dissemination of its research beyond the scholarly community. This commitment is reflected in the Centre’s activities, which include engagement with the local community; organising and hosting of public events; and making the Centre’s resources available to the local community and beyond.


Educational Activities
The scholarly activities of the Centre underpin the teaching activities of its members. Centre members contribute to a number of teaching programmes offered by St Mary’s University College Belfast, including Liberal Arts, primary and post-primary education, and M-level programmes. A commitment to research-based teaching underpins the educational activities of Centre members.

Centre Members


Dr Birgit Schippers

(Centre Director)


Current Research Themes

Ireland-Palestine; Labour History
For further information on these research themes please contact Dr Peter Collins (p.collins@smucb.ac.uk).


International Development; Migration
For further information on these research themes please contact Dr Gerard McCann (g.mccann@smucb.ac.uk).


Global Ethics; Human Rights; Embodiment & Emotion in Global Politics
For further information on these research themes please contact Dr Birgit Schippers (b.schippers@smucb.ac.uk).


Borders; Exile; Identity in Cultural Media
For further information on these research themes please contact Dr Angela Vaupel (a.vaupel@smucb.ac.uk).


We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students, visiting scholars and interested organisations and individuals. For any queries relating to the Centre’s activities please contact Dr Birgit Schippers (b.schippers@smucb.ac.uk).


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