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Impact and Publications

  • Shared education is included as one of 19 Signature Projects within Queen’s University’s Social Charter. The Social Charter affirms the University’s commitment to engaging with society and highlights its positive impact, locally and internationally.
  • Staff from the Centre have had substantial engagement with government, locally and internationally. Colleagues have provided written and oral evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Education, most recently to inform the Shared Education Bill (2015). In Israel, Professor Tony Gallagher has presented on shared education to the Israeli Minister of Education and senior advisers; while in Cyprus, Professor Joanne Hughes has met the Minister of Education to discuss the shared education model.
  • The Centre’s work has also been profiled in national and international media, including The Telegraph newspaper in the UK, the Haaretz newspaper in Israel (link), and The Forward, a leading magazine for the Jewish community in the USA (link). 
  • The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 

    In February 2020, the Centre for Shared Education was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize- a UK-wide award recognising the excellence, innovation and public benefit of various UK colleges and universities and their work.  The Centre was honoured to receive this award for having made a considerable impact on Northern Ireland’s education system and beyond in the field of Shared Education.  The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the education sector.  

    For further information click here
  • Queen’s University Social Charter Podcast- Chapter One: Shared Education 

    The Charter Podcast is a serialised podcast from the Queen’s University Social Charter, which delves into the impact that Queen’s University Belfast, its staff and students have on communities here in Northern Ireland and others around the world. In Chapter One of the podcast, Maurice Macartney talks with Prof Tony Gallagher, Prof Joanne Hughes and Dr Gavin Duffy about how Shared Education was developed in Northern Ireland and how it has grown to influence other post-conflict societies in other countries. 

    To listen to the podcast click here



Recent Publications


Donnelly, C., & Burns, S. (2022). The experience of intergroup contact in primary-school ‘Shared Education’ classrooms: evidence from Northern Ireland. Research Papers in Education. 37(4), 520–541.

Duffy, G., Gallagher, T., & Robinson, G. (2022). Teaching history and citizenship in schools in Northern Ireland. In T. Gallagher, D. Yitzhaki, N. Aloni, & Z. Gross (Eds.), Activist Pedagogy and Shared Education in Divided Societies. International Perspectives and Next Practices (1 ed). Leiden: Bril, pp. 253-270l.

Gallagher, T., Duffy, G., & Robinson, G. (2022). Turning research into policy: The experience of shared education in Northern Ireland. In T. Gallagher, D. Yitzhaki, N. Aloni, & Z. Gross (Eds.), Activist Pedagogy and Shared Education in Divided Societies. International Perspectives and Next Practices (1 ed). Leiden: Brill, pp. 93-105.

Hughes, J., & Loader, R. (2022). Is academic selection in Northern Ireland a barrier to social cohesion? Research Papers in Education

Loader, R. (2022). Shared spaces, separate places: desegregation and boundary change in Northern Ireland’s schools. Research Papers in Education37(6), 1097-1118.

McManus, C. (2022). Political interventions to ‘ripen’ peace initiatives: An analysis of the Northern Ireland and Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. Ethnopolitics

Muff, A., & Donnelly, C. (2022). Three-faced: The conflicting roles of citizenship education in conflict-affected societies – A comparison of Northern Ireland and Israel. Research in Comparative and international Education17(3), 460-485.

Robinson, B., O'Boyle, A., & Chong, S. W. (2022, Jul 8). A protocol for a systematic review of community and volunteer-led initiatives for social integration and language education of asylum seekers and refugees. International Database of Education Systematic Reviews.



Donnelly, C., McAuley, C., Blaylock, D., & Hughes, J. (2021). Teaching about the Past in Northern Ireland: Avoidance, Neutrality, and Criticality. Irish Educational Studies40(1), 3-18.

Duffy, G., Robinson, G., Gallagher, T., & Templeton, M. (2021). School exclusion disparities in the UK: a view from Northern Ireland. Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties26(1), 3-18.

Flanagan, D., & O'Boyle, A. (2021). Evaluation of a bespoke work-related English language course for newcomers in Northern Ireland. Professional and Academic English28(2), 71.

Gallagher, T. (2021). Governance and leadership in education policy making and school development in a divided society. School Leadership & Management41(1-2), 132-151.

Gallagher, T., Robinson, G., & Duffy, G. (2021). Paper 1: Shared Education: lessons from an education initiative in Northern Ireland. (EDUCATION IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES NETWORK (EDS-N+) BRIEFING PAPERS). Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

Hayward, K., & McManus, C. (2021). Northern Ireland: Society and Culture. In M. Garnett (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society. Abingdon: Routledge.

Hughes, J., & Loader, R. (2021). Shared education: a case study in social cohesion. Research Papers in Education

Hughes, J., & Loader, R. (2021). Building bridges: Dialogue and interaction between teachers from divided communities involved in a shared education project. In L. Caronia (Ed.), Language and Social Interaction at Home and School. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 295-316.

Jost, D., & Hughes, J. (2021). Teacher relationships in a Shared Learning Programme in Israel: Intergroup contact theory and the importance of friendships. Psychology: Science and PracticeV(9-10), 9-26.

Reimer, N. K., Hughes, J., Blaylock, D., Donnelly, C., Wölfer, R., & Hewstone, M. (2021). Shared education as a contact-based intervention to improve intergroup relations among adolescents in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Developmental Psychology58(1), 193–208.

Tomovska Misoska, A., & Loader, R. (2021). The role of school-based contact in reducing social distance: qualitative insights from Northern Ireland and the Republic of North Macedonia. Journal of Peace Education18(2), 182-208.

Woods, P. A., Torrance, D., Donnelly, C., Hamilton, T., Jones, K., & Potter, I. (2021). Constructions and purposes of school leadership in the UK. School Leadership and Management40(1-2), 152-170.



Donnelly, C., McAuley, C., & Lundy, L. (2020). Managerialism and human rights in a post-conflict society: Challenges for educational leaders in Northern Ireland. School Leadership and Management41(1-2), 117-131.

Duffy, G., & Gallagher, T. (2020). Schools, communities and the police – shared education as a mechanism for social cohesion and community safety. Education and Society38(2), 37-61.

Gallagher, T., Duffy, G., & Robinson, G. (2020). School improvement in the Shared Education Signature Project: The views of teachers and principals. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

Gallagher, T., Duffy, G., Robinson, G., & Hadfield, M. (2020). Attitudes towards, and experiences of, the Network for Shared School Improvement: A survey of teachers and school leaders. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

Hughes, J., Jost, D., Loader, R., & Turner, R. (2020). The experience and impact of shared education among current teachers in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

Loader, R., Hughes, J., Blaylock, D., & Turner, R. (2020). Collaboration in Sharing Education: Year 1 qualitative report. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

McManus, C. (2020). Reimagining Belfast: Obstacles and opportunities since the Good Friday Agreement. In S. Mabon, & J. Nagle (Eds.), Urban Spaces and Sectarian Contestation. Sepad, Richardson Institute, Lancaster University. pp. 11-15

McManus, C. (2020). Conceptualising Islamic "radicalisation" in Europe through “othering”: Lessons from the conflict in Northern Ireland. Terrorism and Political Violence32(2), 325-344.

Reimer, N., Hughes, J., Blaylock, D., & Hewstone, M. (2020). Can shared education improve intergroup relations in Northern Ireland? Evidence from a large-scale longitudinal study. Oxford: University of Oxford and Queen’s University Belfast.

Robinson, G., Gallagher, A., Duffy, G., & McAneney, H. (2020). At the boundaries: School networks in divided societies. Journal of Professional Capital and Community5(2), 183-197.



Connolly, P., Hanratty, J., Hughes, J., Chapman, C. & Blaylock, D. (2019). PROTOCOL: Protocol for a systematic review: Inter‐school collaborations for improving educational and social outcomes for children and young people.  In : Campbell Systematic Reviews. 15, 1-2, 12 p., e1011. 

Gallagher, A., Robinson, G., Hughes, J., & Connolly, D. (2019). Education in conflict-affected areas: Final report. British Council. 

Gallagher, A., Duffy, G., Robinson, G., & Akar, B. (2019). Exploring the teaching of divided histories in conflict-effected societies sharing experiences and learning between Northern Ireland and Lebanon. Paper presented at Education for sustainability, San Francisco, United States. 

Loader, R., Hughes, J., & Turner, R. (2019). Mainstreaming Shared Education: Practitioners' Perspectives: Report for the Shared Education Learning Forum. 

Loader, R., & Hughes, J. (2019). Mainstreaming Shared Education: Stakeholders' perspectives: Report for the Social Change Initiative. 


Blaylock, D., Hughes, J., Wolfer, R. and Donnelly, C. (2018) ‘Integrating Northern Ireland: cross-group friendships in integrated and mixed schools’, British Educational Research Journal, 643-662, 44 (4), pp. 643-662.

Gallagher, A. (2018). Sharing Education. Agenda NI Online, October 2018. 

Gallagher, A. (2018). Shared education in Northern Ireland: school collaboration in divided societies. In J. Furlong, & I. Lunt (Eds.), Education in a Federal UK (1 ed.). Taylor and Frances. 

Gallagher, A. (2018) ‘The story of Catholic schools in Northern Ireland: past, present and possible future.’ In T.P. Burgess (ed.) The contested identities of Ulster Catholics. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 93-110.

Hughes, J., Loader, R. and Nelson, J. (2018) ‘Fostering harmony and dealing with difference in education: A critical review of perspectives on intergroup relations’. In M. Zembylas and A. Keet (eds.) Critical human rights, citizenship, and democracy education: entanglements and regenerations. London: Bloomsbury, pp.123-138. 

Loader, R., Hughes, J., Petroska-Beshka, V. and Tomovska Misoska, A. (2018) ‘Developing social cohesion through schools in Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: a study of policy transfer’, Journal on Education in Emergencies, 4 (1), pp.114-140.


Donnelly, C. and Burns, S. (2017) ‘Teaching citizenship in the faith school: qualitative evidence from separate schools in Northern Ireland’, Irish Educational Studies, 36 (4), pp. 471-487.

Furey, A., Donnelly, C., Hughes, J. and Blaylock, D. (2017) ‘Interpretations of national identity in post-conflict Northern Ireland: a comparison of different school settings’, Research Papers in Education, 32 (2), pp. 137–150.

Woelfer, A., Jaspers, E., Blayblock, D., Wigoder, C., Hughes, J. and Hewstone, M. (2017) ‘Studying positive and negative direct and extended contact: complementing self-reports with social network analysis’, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43 (11), pp. 1566-1581.


Burns, S. Lyons, E. and Niens, U. (2016). 'The world would just fall apart if there’s no respect at all': children’s understandings of respect for diversity in a post-conflict society. Journal of Peace Education, 1-17. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17400201.2016.1269313

Burns, S., Leitch, R., & Hughes, J. (2016). ‘Barriers and enablers of education equality for transgender students.’ Review of Social Studies, Vol 3(2).

Donnelly, C. and McKevitt, J. (2016) ‘We need to talk about managerialism: on the importance of values dialogue and renewal within Catholic schools’, Policy Futures in Education, 14 (8), pp. 1078-1090.

Donnelly, C., Furey, A. and Hughes, J. (2016) ‘Integrated schools and intergroup relations in Northern Ireland: the importance of parents’, Educational Research, 58 (4), pp. 442-456.

Duffy, G., & Gallagher, T. (2016). ‘Shared Education in contested spaces: How collaborative networks improve communities and schools.’ Journal of Educational Change, 1-28.

Gallagher, T. (2016). ‘Shared education in Northern Ireland: school collaboration in divided societies.’ Oxford Review of Education, 1-14.

Gallagher, T., & Duffy, G. (2016). ‘Recognising difference while promoting cohesion: The role of collaborative networks in education.’ In I. Honohan & N. Rougier (Eds.), Tolerance and diversity in Ireland, North and South. Manchester, NH: Manchester University Press.

Holland, C., Hughes, J. and Leitch, R. (2016) ‘Neoliberalism and education: spotlight on Ireland’, Policy Futures in Education, 14 (8), pp. 1041–1045.

Hughes, J., Donnelly, C., Leitch, R. and Burns, S. (2016) ‘Caught in the conundrum: neoliberalism and education in post-conflict Northern Ireland – exploring shared education’, Policy Futures in Education, 14 (8), pp. 1091–1100.

Hughes, J. and Loader, R. (2016) ‘Plugging the Gap’: Shared Education and the promotion of community relations through schools in Northern Ireland', British Educational Research Journal  (in press).

Loader, R. (2016) ‘Exploring the influences on classroom-based contact via shared education in Northern Ireland’, Educational Studies, 1-20. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2016.1245603.

Loader, R. and Hughes, J. (2016) ‘Balancing cultural diversity and social cohesion in education: the potential of shared education in divided contexts’, British Journal of Educational Studies, 1-23. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00071005.2016.1254156.

Loader, R. and Hughes, J. (2016) 'Joining together or pushing apart? Building relationships and exploring difference through shared education in Northern Ireland', Cambridge Journal of Education. Early online publication. doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2015.1125448.

McManus, C (Forthcoming) ‘Dealing with the Legacy of Ethnic Conflict: Confronting ‘Othering’ through Transformative Adult Education—A Northern Ireland Case Study’ Ethnopolitics (Online version currently accessible at this link.     

McManus, C (2016) ‘Irish language education and the national ideal: the dynamics of nationalism in Northern Ireland’ Nations and Nationalism Vol. 22, No. 1: pp. 42-62

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