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The research group, International Relations & Global Justice, is an interdisciplinary forum for research, public dialogue and education on international relations and 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?

 

Group Activities


Research & Impact
The key aim of the research group’s activities pertains to the creation and dissemination of scholarly knowledge. Research group members contribute to interdisciplinary debates in the fields of international relations and global justice and they seek to advance our knowledge and understanding of these issues. The group'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 areas of international relations and global justice. Crucially, the group’s research activities are aimed at the creation of economic, social and cultural impact.

 

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

 

Educational Activities
The scholarly activities of the research group underpin the teaching activities of its members. Research group 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 research group members.


Research Group Members

 

Dr Gerard McCann

(Chairperson)

 

Current Research Themes

 

  • Ireland-Palestine; Labour History. For further information on these research themes, please contact Dr Peter Collins.

 

  • International Development; Migration. For further information on these research themes, please contact Dr Gerard McCann.

 

  • Global Ethics; Human Rights; Embodiment & Emotion in Global Politics. For further information on these research themes, please contact Dr Birgit Schippers.

 

  • Borders; Exile; Identity in Cultural Media. For further information on these research themes, please contact Dr Angela Vaupel.

 

We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students, visiting scholars and interested organisations and individuals. For any queries relating to the research group’s activities please contact Dr Gerard McCann.

 

Previous Research-Related Events