Gillian Robinson is Professor of Social Research and Research Director of ARK at Ulster University. Based in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences and a member of the Psychology Research Institute, Gillian worked with colleagues to establish ARK as a cross-university resource (with Queen’s University Belfast) providing access to social and political information on Northern Ireland in 2000. She has been involved in the monitoring of social attitudes in Northern Ireland since 1989 and co-directs the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey series. She leads the ARK Ageing Programme at Ulster University.
Recently Gillian co-ordinated the Accounts of the Conflict project www.ulster.ac.uk/accounts, a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. This archive is a valuable new addition to the CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet cain.ulster.ac.uk ) web resource. Gillian has worked closely with INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute www.ulster.ac.uk/incore where she was Director 2003-2008).
Her research interests include peace monitoring, social attitudes, gender roles, policy development in transition and research methodology including issues around researching violent societies and comparative methods. She has published extensively on these issues including six books and numerous articles and has led teams that have developed over 40 online publicly accessible databases. She is the 2003 Eisenhower Fellow from Northern Ireland.