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The Centre is distinguished for publication of high-quality impact research in line with the School's broader framework for research excellence.

As part of Ulster University, the Centre envisions disciplinary excellence delivered through impactful interdisciplinary research. Publication of empirical research is an important means of disseminating valuable knowledge contributions and findings that can have meaningful impact by informing policy and public administration practice. Our publication record reflects the School's reputation as an institution for research excellence. Our academic staff's work stands in line with this commitment by following the Open Access requirements essential to the School's performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The objective is to achieve global outreach and contribute to the social, economic and political life on Northern Ireland.

Research output and other publications can be accessed via Ulster University's Research Portal, PURE.

Our research output is organised through six strategic themes:

  • Health Policy
    • Fusheini, A., Marnoch, G. & Gray, A. M. (2016), 'Stakeholders Perspectives on the Success Drivers in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme – Identifying Policy Translation Issues', International Journal of Health Policy and Management, vol. 5, pp. 1-11.
  • Education Policy
    • Nordensvard, J. & Ketola, M. (2018), 'Rethinking the consumer metaphor versus the citizen metaphor: frame merging and higher education reform', Social Policy and Society, pp. 1-21.
    • Knox, C. & Borooah, V. (2017), 'Inequality, segregation and poor performance: the education system in Northern Ireland', Educational Review, vol. 69(3), pp. 381-336.
    • Ketola, M. (2015), 'Civil society management education in Finland: What’s management got to do with it?', Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, vol. 5(4), pp. 305-324.
    • Borooah, V. & Knox, C. (2015), 'Segregation, inequality and educational performance in Northern Ireland: problems and solutions', International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 40, pp. 196-206.
    • Borooah, V. & Knox, C. (2014), 'Access and Performance Inequalities: post primary education in Northern Ireland', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 22(2), pp. 111-135.
  • Administrative Reform in Central Asia and the Caucuses
    • O'Connor, K. & Carmichael, P. (2019), 'The Craft of Public Administration in Eurasia', Public Policy and Administration, pp. 1-34.
    • Knox, C. & Janenova, S. (2017), '‘Public Councils in Kazakhstan: a case of emergent participative democracy?’', Central Asian Survey, vol. 20.
    • Knox, C. (2017), 'Public Sector Reform in Central Asia and the Caucasus', International Journal of Public Administration, vol. X.
    • Knox, C. & Yessimova, S. (2015), 'State-Society Relations: Non-Governmental Organisations in Kazakhstan', Journal of Civil Society, vol. 11(3), pp. 300-316.
    • O’Connor, K., Janenova, S. and Knox, C. (2019) 'Half Open Government in Central Asia' International Review of Public Policy, Vol. 1(1), pp.65-82.
  • Public Administration in Contested Societies
    • Waterhouse-Bradley, B. (2019) ‘The Exclusion of Third-Party Identities in Cultural Policy in Northern Ireland’. In Immigrants as Outsiders on the Island of Ireland. Michaels, L. and B. Fanning (eds). Manchester University Press, Manchester.
    • Knox, C. (2018), 'Quality Peace in Northern Ireland', in M. Joshi & P. Wallensteen (eds), Understanding Quality Peace after Civil War, Routledge.
    • Ramsey, P. and B. Waterhouse-Bradley. (2017) ‘Making Cultural Policy for a Divided Society.’ In Routledge Companion in Global Cultural Policy. Durrer, V., T. Miller and D. O’Brien. Routledge, London.
    • O'Connor, K. & Vaesen, J. (2016), 'Between Scylla and Charybdis? Twenty-five years administrating the contested region of Brussels', Administration and Society, Vol. 50(6), pp. 835–855.
    • Knox, C. (2016), '‘Northern Ireland: Where is the Peace Dividend?’', Policy and Politics, vol. 44(3), pp. 485-503.
    • Knox, C. & Quirk, P. (2016), 'Public Policy, Philanthropy and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland', Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Knox, C. & Carmichael, P. (2015), 'Local Government Reform: community planning and the quality of life in Northern Ireland ', Administration, vol. 63(2), pp. 31-57.
    • Borooah, V. & Knox, C. (2015), 'The Economics of Schooling in a Divided Society: The Case for Shared Education', Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Knox, C. (2015), 'Sharing power and fragmenting public services: complex government in Northern Ireland', Public Money and Management, vol. 35(1), pp. 23-30.
    • O'Connor, K. (2014), 'Public Administration in Contested Societies', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Knox, C. & Beirne, M. (2014), 'Reconciliation and Human Rights in Northern Ireland: A False Dichotomy?', Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 6(1), pp. 26-50.
    • Waterhouse-Bradley, B. and P. Ramsey (2010). ‘Do the Public Sphere and Civic Culture Apply to Ethnic Minorities?: The relationship between political integration and voter engagement amongst BME groups in the UK’. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(7), pp.183-194.
  • Public Value in Forensic Sciences
    • Marnoch, G. (2017), 'An Examination of Mentoring as a Mode of Capacity Building in Afghanistan: Evidencefrom a Policing Micro-System', Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, vol. 12, pp. 1-16.
    • Marnoch,G. & Boyd, G. (2014), 'Capacity building and the Afghan National PoliceViews from the frontline', European Journal of Policing Studies, vol. 1(4), pp. 251-273.
  • Language Policy
    • Gazzola, M., Wickström, B-A. & Templin, T. (2018), 'Language Policy and Linguistic Justice: Economic, Philosophical and Sociolinguistic Approaches', (1st ed.), Springer.
    • Gazzola, M. & Grin, F. (2017), 'Comparative language policy and evaluation: Concepts, indicators and implications for translation policy', in R. Meylaerts & G. González Nuñez (eds), Translation and Public Policy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Case Studies, Routlege, pp. 83-112.
    • Gazzola, M. (2017), 'Multilingualism and the international patent system: An assessment of the fairness of the language policy of WIPO', Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, vol. 17(3), pp. 349–369.
    • Gazzola, M. & Wickström, B-A. (2016), 'The Economics of Language Policy', (1st ed.), MIT Press.
    • Gazzola, M. (2014), 'Linguistic justice in IP policies: evaluating the fairness of the language regime of the European Patent Office', European Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 38(47).
    • Gazzola, M., T. Templin & L. Mcentee-Atalianis “Measuring Diversity in Multilingual Communication”, Social Indicators Research, 147(2): 545–566 (2020).
    • Gazzola, M., F. Grin & F. Vaillancourt (2020) “Evaluating language policy and planning: An introduction to the economic approach”, in Cécile B. Vigouroux and Salikoko S. Mufwene (eds.), Bridging Linguistics and Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 109-139 (2020).