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2012/13 News and Events


Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 4.00pm


Alex Jeffrey, Fellow, Emmanuel College Cambridge

The Hybrid Legal Geographies of War Crimes Trials

Dr Jeffrey is author of The Improvised State: Sovereignty, Performance and Agency in Dayton Bosnia, Wiley Blackwell, 2012. Dr Jeffrey’s talk will draw on two years of research on the War Crimes Chamber in Sarajevo.


Exceptional Circumstances Form  




Postgraduate Research Opportunities and Awards
Four DEL PhD Studentships for September 2013
Application deadline: 4.00pm on the 6th February 2013

Queen’s University, Belfast

Strategic Priority Studentship (Public Health and Conflict)


Queen’s University, Belfast is pleased to announce a Strategic Priority Studentship for post-graduate research (Ph.D.). The Studentship will be jointly affiliated with the School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work and the School of Pharmacy. Funding is available for three years and will cover university fees. A monthly stipend is also provided. Details

The School Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2012-2013

Unless otherwise stated, all presentations will take place in
Room 01.037, 6 College Park between 1pm and 2pm

Lunch will be available at 12.30pm outside Room 01.037

Stormont Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series

2012-13 Seminar Programme

The School Postgraduate Seminar Series

Spring 2012-2013

Thursdays 4-5 in 6 College Park, Room 01.035

New Social Work Handbook

The Sage Handbook of Social Worka key contemporary reference text on social work in the international context published this month, contains three chapters from staff in the school. Professor Mary Daly, Dr Stan Houston and Dr Nicola Carr have contributed respective chapters on Gender and Welfare, Child and Family Social Work and Criminal and Juvenile Justice.  The publication is intended as a major reference work for students, practitioners and policy makers and provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of contemporary social work. 

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Dr Anne Kouvonen is one of the co-authors of an article published in the Lancet

Dr Anne Kouvonen is one of the co-authors of an article published in the Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals (impact factor 38.28). The study looked at work stress and heart disease in 13 European cohort studies (N=200,000) and found that job strain is associated with a small but consistent increased risk of experiencing a first coronary heart disease event. The study was led by Professor Mika Kivimaki from the UCL and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

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Ambassadors of the Year
Dr David Hayes and Dr John Devaney awarded Ambassadors of the Year by the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau

Drs David Hayes and John Devaney have been awarded ‘Ambassadors of the Year’ by the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau at a ceremony at the Titanic Signature Building for their work in convening the eighth international congress of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in April 2012. The congress attracted 720 delegates from 28 countries over four days, generating £1.5 million for the local economy. During congress delegates heard over 300 presentations on the latest research findings and practice developments relating to the protection of children from abuse and neglect. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson addressed delegates on the opening evening, and highlighted the importance of such events in providing policy makers, service providers and clinicians with the opportunity to engage with researchers in discussing the implications of research to ensure that the findings are translated into practice.

Presentations from the congress, including a number from staff and post graduate researchers within the School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work, are available to download.

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Guardian live debate

Dr Sally Shortall will participate in The Guardian's live online blog on the role of research in policy making tomorrow. The discussion is framed as follows: 

"In a post-recession economy, with many different sectors seeking to get the attention of policymakers, how should universities organise themselves to have the greatest impact? Where is the best practice to be emulated and what does the role of the researcher become as the number of higher education wonks continues to grow? Join our live chat on Friday 20 July at 12 BST, to answer these questions and raise others of your own.

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Age Encounters - Exchanging knowledge about ageing
Lynn Johnston and Briony Dow during questions and discussion at the first ‘Age Encounters’ network meeting in Queens University Belfast, June 2012
Lynn Johnston and Briony Dow during questions and discussion at the first ‘Age Encounters’ network meeting in Queens University Belfast, June 2012

A new interactive network of researchers, academics and representatives from the voluntary, community and statutory sector in Northern Ireland met for the first time in June this year as the result of an initiative led by Dr. Janet Anand-Carter from the School of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy in Queens University. The theme of the first ‘age encounter’ was intergenerational relationships and was attended by around 40 people from a wide range of voluntary, statutory and academic arenas.

The purpose of the group is to promote knowledge exchange between academics, researchers, practitioners, students and older people interested in exploring the challenges that our ageing society represents. 

The first meeting of the group was opened by Prof. Frank Kee from the Centre of Public Health. Prof Kee informed the group about a new longitudinal study of the older population in Northern Ireland. Replicating neighbouring studies in the UK and Ireland, the Northern Irish study (called NICOLA) will involved a stratified random stratified sample of 8500 men and women aged 50+. The sample will be surveyed every three years and data will be collected on social, behavioural, economic and environmental aspects of ageing.

The group then heard from Dr. Briony Dow, Director of the Health Promotion Division of Melbourne University’s National Ageing Research Institute who spoke about intergenerational relationships in Australia. Briony shared her work which investigated older and younger people’s views on ageing and related the findings to Dr. Simon Bigg’s work on ‘Generational Intelligence’, proposing that intergenerational contact can promote empathy and understanding across age groupings and that this is a crucial element in addressing our ageing society.
Lynn Johnston, PhD candidate within the School of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy then spoke about her research which investigates intergenerational relationships within a neighbourhood case study in Northern Ireland. Lynn also reflected that intergenerational relationships are important and shared her findings about how a range of social factors impact on these. Her research shows that ageism and perceptions of age, social exclusion and the legacy of the conflict are all relevant factors.

Given the level of interest already expressed in the network, ‘Age Encounters’ intend to meet quarterly and the next meeting will be scheduled for the autumn. If you would like to be involved, please email Janet :

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