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Bronagh Byrne

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Bronagh Byrne

Dr Bronagh Byrne


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Research Interests

My research interests lie in two main areas; disability rights and children’s rights. I have a keen interest in disability policy and the relationship between international human rights law and policy development and implementation with respect to disability issues. I have an active interest in the potential of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which incorporates a range of social policy areas, in creating a more inclusive society, particularly in relation to children and young people. 


Prior to joining the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, I was a Children’s Rights Research Fellow in the School of Education, QUB. As part of the University wide Improving Children’s Lives initiative, my post focused specifically on developing expertise in relation to children’s rights-based approaches to undertaking research.  I previously also worked as a researcher for the Centre on Human Rights for People with Disabilities at Disability Action where I was responsible for coordinating and developing the Centre’s policy and research activities and developing expertise in rights-based issues for people with disabilities. 


I am a member of the Centre for Children's Rights and am also co-chair of the Disability Research Network at QUB. For more information, please refer to our web page.


Recent Projects



  • ECNI Update Project: Shortfalls in public policy and programme delivery in Northern Ireland relative to the Articles of the UNCRPD, funded by Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (with Colin Harper). Completed July 2014


  • Transitions for Young People with Hearing Loss (with Siobhan McAlister), funded by Action on Hearing Loss. Completed June 2014.


  • Implementing Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland: A Collaboration Project with the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), (with Laura Lundy), funded by ESRC. Completed September 2013.


  • Bringing Children’s Rights into Domestic Law: An International Review (with Laura Lundy and Ursula Kilkelly), funded by UNICEF UK.  Completed September 2012.


  • Transitions to Adult Services for Young People with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland (with Laura Lundy), funded by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed August 2012.


  • A Human Rights Review of the Northern Ireland Education System, (with Laura Lundy and Lesley Emerson), funded by Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Completed May 2012.


  • Barriers to Effective Government Delivery for Children in Northern Ireland (with Laura Lundy), Funded by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed June 2012, See



  • Ready to Learn: Involving Children in the Service Design Process (with Laura Lundy and Lesley Emerson), Funded by Barnardo’s Northern Ireland. Completed March 2010.





Programme Director (BA Social Policy)



Themes and Issues in Social Policy (Module Convenor)

Disability and Society (Module Convenor)

Introducing Social Policy



Member of School Research Committee

Member of School Education Committee

School Disability Advisor

Frequent Journals

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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