The School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences has a strong reputation as a centre of excellence for research and analysis in the areas of governance, policy and professional practice, particularly in the context of divided societies.
Primarily, the research is organised through our globally recognised International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). Established in 1993, and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.
The research at INCORE, and at the school more broadly is highly interdisciplinary in nature and draws on a broad range of expertise that spans criminology, community work, governance, peace-making, political science, public administration, public policy, restorative practice, social policy, sociology, social work and youth work.
The following thematic areas of research supported at the school capture the practice and community oriented spirit of our research that employs innovative and critical research methodologies to both record and address injustices and discrimination:
- Memory, identity, and symbol
- Paramilitaries, irregulars and demobilisation
- Conflict, race and migration
- Post-conflict reconstruction
- Peace-making from below
INCORE drives forward interdisciplinary research and teaching uncovering and explaining the causes and consequence of conflict.
The work of INCORE is highly applied in nature, aimed to support both policymakers as well as practitioners working within communities and civil society.
Internationally, our research explores contexts where societies are confronting histories of violence, division, discrimination, abuse of power and associated policy challenges in regions such as the Balkans, Central Asia, the European Union, North America, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and Southern Africa.
This global orientation stems from the outstanding contribution research at the school has made to understandings of the conflict and peace process in Northern Ireland.