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Dirk Schubotz

Masters (Dipl Soz) in Social Sciences (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
DPhil (Universität Gesamthochschule Kassel)
Lecturer in Social Policy
Room 06.01.025
Ext 3947; e-mail:

Dirk Schubotz completed his Masters in Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität Berlin and his PhD on the professional biographies of teachers involved in the small planned integrated school sector in Northern Ireland, at Kassel University.

He was previously employed as a Research Fellow at the University of Ulster (2000-2003) and Queen’s University Belfast (2003-2012). Dirk is a member of ARK and has directed ARK’s Young Life and Times (YLT) study since 2004 ( From 2009-11, he was involved in the Framework 7-funded Euroidentities project (

Dirk Schubotz’ main research interests lie in research methods and here particularly the development and application of participatory research methods, including research with peer researchers; and biographical methods. Dirk has also undertaken research in the field of sexual and mental health; community relations; as well as more generically research on and with young people.

Dirk is a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA), the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) and the ESRC Peer Review College.

Selected publications


Schubotz, D. and Devine, P. (Eds.) 2008. Young People in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. The past cannot be changed, but the future can be developed. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing.

Schubotz, D. 2003. Just Giving People a Choice. Können Pädagogen an integrativen Schulen zur Demokratisierung Nordirlands beitragen? Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

Schubotz, D., Svašek, M., Miller, R. and Domecka, M. (2012), Into and Out of Europe: Dynamic Insider/Outsider Perspectives. In: Miller, R. and Day, G. (Eds.) The Evolution of European Identities. Biographical Approaches, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

McCartan, C., Burns, S. and Schubotz, D. (2012). Recruitment and capacity building challenges in participatory research involving young people. In: Goodson, L. and Phillimore, J. (Eds.) Community Research for Community Participation. From Theory to Method. Bristol: Policy Press.

Schubotz, D. (2012): Involving young people as peer researchers in research on community relations in Northern Ireland, In: Heath, S. and Walker, C. (Eds.) Innovations in Researching Youth. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed journal articles

McCartan, C.; Schubotz, D. & Murphy, J. (2012). The Self-Conscious Researcher—Post-Modern Perspectives of Participatory Research with Young People [48 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13 (1), Art. 9,

Schubotz, D., Melaugh, M. and McLoughlin, P. (2011). Archiving Qualitative Data in the Context of a Society Coming out of Conflict: Some Lessons from Northern Ireland. [47 paragraphs] Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 12 (3), Art. 13,

Schubotz, D. and O'Hara, M. 2011. A shared future? Exclusion, stigmatisation and mental health of same-sex-attracted young people in Northern Ireland, Youth and Society 43, 2, 486-506.

Schubotz, D. and McNamee, H. 2009. “I Knew I Wasn't Like Anybody Else”: Young Men's Accounts of Coming Out and Being Gay in Northern Ireland, Childcare in Practice, 15, 3, 193-208.

Burns, S. and Schubotz, D. 2009. Demonstrating the Merits of the Peer Research Process: A Northern Ireland Case Study, Field Methods, 21, 3, 309-326.

McNamee, H., Lloyd, K. and Schubotz, D. 2008. Same sex attraction, homophobic bullying and mental health of young people in Northern Ireland, Journal of Youth Studies, 11, 1, 33-46.

Schubotz, D. 2005. Beyond the Orange and the Greeen. The Diversification of the Qualitative Social Research Landscape in Northern Ireland. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 6 (3), Art. 29. Available at:

Schubotz, D. Rolston, B. and Simpson, A. 2004. Sexual behaviour of young people in Northern Ireland: First sexual experience. Critical Public Health 14, 2, 177-190.

Major project reports

NCB NI and ARK/YLT 2010. Attitudes to Difference. Young people's attitudes to and experiences of contact with people from different minority ethnic and migrant communities in Northern Ireland, London: NCB.

Schubotz, D. 2010. The mental and emotional health of 16-year olds in Northern Ireland. Evidence from the Young Life and Times Survey, Belfast: Patient and Client Council.

Schubotz, D. and Sinclair, R. with Burns, S., Busby, C. Cook, D., Hanna, J. Jackson, M., McCallen, R., McGinn, J., McMurran, L., Millar, L. and Toner, F. 2006. ‘Being part and parcel of the school’. The views and experiences of children and young people in relation to the development of bullying policies in schools, Belfast: NICCY.

Schubotz, D., Simpson, A. and Rolston, B. 2003. ‘Telling it like it is.’ Young people's experiences of relationships and sex in Northern Ireland. London: FPA.

Schubotz, D., Simpson, A. and Rolston, B. 2002. Towards Better Sexual Health. A survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles of young people in Northern Ireland. London: FPA.

See also for Dirk’s policy-related and lay-friendly publications.