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Dr Grainne Kelly


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Ms Gráinne Kelly is a Lecturer in peace and conflict studies in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy and is based within INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute).

Prior to joining Ulster University in 2008, Gráinne worked as a researcher in a range of civil society organisations including Democratic Dialogue (Northern Ireland’s first policy think tank) and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. She has also completed commissioned research for organisations including Save the Children UK, Mediation Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Healing through Remembering.

She holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Ulster University and was awarded an Emerging Leaders Fellowship at the Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy, City University New York (CUNY) in 2005 to conduct research on the role of community foundations in societies emerging from conflict.

Ms Kelly specialises in qualitative research and has undertaken extensive field work both in Northern Ireland and internationally, including Cambodia and Sierra Leone.  Her qualitative research (with Hamber) on reconciliation theories and practices in Northern Ireland was adopted and operationalised by the European Union in a major funding stream worth 1.5 billion euros, fundamentally transforming the way the Programme was managed from 2005-2013.

She was Principal Investigator on two grant awards (total £86,008) from the Equality Unit of the Northern Ireland Assembly to research priority areas for good relations policy and has presented widely on the topic in both policy and academic settings.

Most recently, Ms Kelly was the research lead and co-investigator on a European Union PEACE III Programme grant (£948,509) to build a digital archive of oral histories related to the Northern Ireland conflict.

Ms Kelly’s work has been published in journals including International Peacekeeping, Journal of Human Rights Practice and International Journal for Conflict Resolution and Engagement.  She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.