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Dr Jacqueline Reilly

Head of the Doctoral College (Belfast/Jordanstown)

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Ulster University Doctoral College


Institute for Research in Social Sciences


Room BD-04-005 Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Dr Jackie Reilly is currently Head of the Doctoral College (Jordanstown and Belfast) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Ulster University. She was awarded BSc Hons (First Class) in Psychology from Queens University Belfast in 1993 and a PhD in Psychology, also from Queens in 1997.

Appointed Lecturer in psychology at Queens in 1998, she then moved to a position as Research Fellow in the UNESCO Centre, Ulster University in 2002, moving to a position as Lecturer in the School of Education in 2007. Dr Reilly’s research interests lie broadly within the area of education for social justice and her work has been published in international journals including the Journal of Social Issues, Compare, and Comparative Education. Her research has encompassed education for local and global citizenship, human rights education and training, and peace education, particularly with a focus on issues of identity and divided societies.

Her work has attracted funding from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Department for International Development and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Current research interests include the role of citizenship education in development of political literacy in a context where young people access most of their news and current affairs information via social media.