Dr. Dirk Schubotz completed his Masters in Sociology at Humboldt Universität Berlin and his PhD (Dr. Phil), focussed on the professional biographies of teachers involved in the small planned integrated school sector in Northern Ireland, at Kassel University.
Dirk has been employed as Research Fellow for ARK since January 2003 and has directed ARK’s Young Life and Times (YLT) study since 2004 (www.ark.ac.uk/ylt). He has also been involved in ARK in Schools (www.ark.ac.uk/schools) and in the creation of ARK’s qualitative archive on ageism (www.ark.ac.uk/niqa). Dirk has been involved in the design and delivery of research methods training activities specifically designed to support voluntary sector organisations. From 2009-11 Dirk was involved in the Framework 7-funded Euroidentities project (www.euroidentities.org).
Dirk is a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA), the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) and the ESRC Peer Research College.
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.
Schubotz, D., Svašek, M., Miller, R. and Domecka, M. (forthcoming 2012), Into and Out of Europe: Dynamic Insider/Outsider Perspectives. In: Miller, R. (Ed.) Orientations to Europe. Narrating biographical identities, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
McCartan, C., Burns, S. and Schubotz, D. (forthcoming Dec 2011). Chapter 6 - 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. (forthcoming 2nd Dec 2011): 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.
Schubotz, D. and McCartan, C. with McDaid, A., McIntyre, B., McKee, F., McManus, M., O’Kelly, S., Roberts, A. and Whinnery, L. 2009. Cross-Community Schemes: Participation, motivation, mandate. In: Community Relations Council (Ed.) The Challenges of Peace. Research as a Contribution to Peace-Building in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Community Relations Council, pp. 3-20.
Schubotz, D. and Devine, P. 2008. Is there anything else you would like to say about community relations in Northern Ireland? In: Community Relations Council (Ed.) A Sustainable Peace? Research as a Contribution to Peace Building in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Community Relations Council, pp. 173-188.
Schubotz, D. 2008. Auf dem Weg zum Mainstream? Integrative Schulen in Nordirland am Scheideweg. [Becoming Mainstream? Integrated schools in Northern Ireland at crossroads] In: Breidenstein, G. and Schütze, F. (Eds.) Paradoxien in der Reform der Schule. Ergebnisse qualitativer Sozialforschung. Wiesbaden, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 95-112.
Schubotz, D. and Rolston, B. 2004. Playing the Second Fiddle? Young Men and Masculinity in Northern Ireland. In: Peillon, M. and Corcoran, M. P. (Eds.): Place and Non-Place. The Transfiguration of Ireland, Institute of Public Administration. Dublin.
McCartan, C., Schubotz, D. and Murphy, J. (forthcoming Jan 2012): The Self-conscious Researcher – Post-modern Perspectives of Participatory Research with Young People, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal].
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, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1103133.
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.
Devine, P. and Schubotz, D. 2010. Caught up in the past?' The views of 16-year olds on community relations in Northern Ireland, Shared Space, 10, 5-21.
McCann, M., Schubotz, D., McCartan, C. and McCrystall, P. 2010. Prevalence of self-harm and help-seeking behaviours among young people in Northern Ireland, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 64, Supplement 1, A9.
Fargas Malet, M., McSherry, D., Larkin, E., Kelly, G., Robinson C. and Schubotz, D. 2010. Young children returning home from care: the birth parents’ perspective, Child and Family Social Work 15, 77-86.
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.
Schubotz, D. 2008. Is There a Protestant Brain Drain from Northern Ireland? Shared Space 6, 5-19.
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: www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-05/05-3-29-e.htm
Schubotz, D. and Devine, P. 2005. What Now? Exploring community relations among 16-year olds in Northern Ireland. Shared Space. 1, 1, 53-70.
Rolston, B., Schubotz, D. and Simpson, A. 2005. Sex Education in Northern Ireland Schools: a Critical Evaluation. Journal of Sex Education. 5, 2, 217-234.
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.
Rolston, B., Schubotz, D. and Simpson, A. 2004. The first time: young people and sex in Northern Ireland. Journal of Youth Studies, 7, 2, 191-207.
Schubotz, D., Rolston, B. and Simpson, A. 2003. Researching Young people and Sex in Northern Ireland, Irish Journal of Sociology. 12, 2, 5-27.
Project reports and Research Updates
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.
McSherry, D., Larkin, E. and Schubotz, D. 2006. Pathways to Permanency. Final Project Report, Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research.
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
Ewert, S. and Schubotz, D. with Abbs, F., Harris, D., Montgomery, L., Maguire, G., Moynagh, C. and Livingstone, S. 2005. Voices Behind the Statistics. Young People’s Views of Sectarianism in Northern Ireland. London: National Children’s Bureau.
Miller, R., Devine, P. and Schubotz, D. 2003. Secondary Analysis of the 1997 & 2001 Northern Ireland Health and Social Wellbeing Surveys: Belfast: DHSSPS.
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 www.ark.ac.uk/publications for Dirk’s other policy-related and lay-friendly publications.