Over a 12-month period we developed a knowledge exchange partnership to support and develop policy and practice enabling the removal of peace walls in Northern Ireland (2015).
Impact Lead: Dr Jonny Byrne
This was a £146,850.00 ESRC Knowledge Exchange Award (2015) involving UU and the Interface Action Team of the Department of Justice (NI). Over a 12-month period we developed a knowledge exchange partnership to support and develop policy and practice enabling the removal of peace walls in Northern Ireland (2015). Over the duration of the project we were located within the department and acted as ‘critical friends’, and as formative evaluators of their policy implementation process around aspects of the Programme for Government that related to peace walls. Through a series of knowledge exchange activities a safe space for academics, policy makers and practitioners was established to discuss the difficulties of policy implementation in a divided society and to identify, monitor and evaluate practical solutions.
To date the relevant Knowledge Exchange outputs from the project include:
Community and Partner Engagement has included in relation to this project has included the Department of Justice, the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), North Belfast Interface Network, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), Belfast City Council, the Inter-Community Partnership (ICP), the Inter-Agency Group (IAG), the Special European Union Programme Body (SEUPB), the Community Relations Council (CRC), the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), INTERCOMM, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Greater Whitewell Community Surgery, the Suffolk and Lenadoon Interface Group (SLIG), Lower Oldpark Community Association (LOCA), Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum (CCRF), Black Mountain Shared Space Project (BMSSP), Twaddell, Ardoyne, Shankill, Crumlin In Transition (TASCIT), Duncairn Community Partnership, Saint Columbs Park House (SCPH), TRIAX, Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium, and the Strategic Investment Board (SIB).
Successful submission of an application to the ESRC’s Administrative Data Research Network for a new and related project based on the needs (emerging findings) identified through our partnership with the Department of Justice (2016). We spent 2016 analysing the data from the vast array of data sets provided to us through the study. In August 2016 we produced a report (and currently developing academic papers and presentations) that highlighted the socio-demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the areas designated as proximate to the peace walls (work on-going)
Led to further engagement with senior policy-makers and practitioners connected to the NI Executive's Peace Walls Implementation Strategy and other stakeholders who have been tasked with progressing the implementation of the peace walls initiative over the next six years. Anticipated outputs: