TJI staff

Staff profiles and research publications.

The Institute is led by Dr Catherine O'Rourke (TJI Director).

The Academic Excellence Executive Assistant is Mrs Sadie Magee.

Our People

Professor Fidelma Ashe

Professor of Politics

School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.



+44 28 9536 5014

Dr Kristian Brown


School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.



+44 28 9536 5052

Professor Cath Collins

Professor of Transitional Justice

School of Law



+44 28 9536 5094

Professor Brandon Hamber

The John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace

School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.



+44 28 7167 5500

Professor Bill Rolston

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Scs


+44 28 9036 8630

Emeritus Scholars

  • Eilish Rooney


    Eilish Rooney is an Emeritus Scholar in the School of Applied & Social Policy Sciences and at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) in the School of Law. Eilish’s research interests are in the areas of feminist intersectionality theory; women’s lives in conflict; grassroots activism in post-conflict transition and conflict transformation.

    She was educated at St Rose’s Secondary School, Belfast, and returned to formal education as a mature student at Queen’s University in 1975. Her undergraduate degree in English Literature led to postgraduate studies in Jacobean Drama, 1989. From the post of culture and politics tutor at the Ulster People’s College, Belfast, she joined Ulster University as a lecturer in community studies from 1985 – 2018. She joined the Transitional Justice Institute in 2006. Her research and impact contribution was included in Ulster’s law submission 2014 when TJI’s research impact was rated 4* (world-leading) and ranked first for research impact across UK Law units.

    In partnership with the Ashton Trust’s Bridge of Hope, she developed the TJI’s Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit programme and authored the programme’s toolkit, guide and training manual. Other publications include: Justice Dialogue for Grassroots Transition, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, 2018; International Journal of Transitional Justice Special Issue: Transitional Justice from the Margins: Intersections of Identities, Power and Human Rights, Oxford, 2018, edited with Fionnuala Ní Aoláin; Intersectionality – working in conflict, The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2018.

    She is the Transitional Justice Institute representative on the Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund and an intersectionality expert group member of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.