The Centre was established by Professor Adrian Guelke within the School of Politics and International Studies in January 1998 to promote research on societies that are or have been deeply divided in terms of their ethnic and national identities. The Centre's location, Northern Ireland, itself is a striking example of such a deeply divided society. The city of Belfast provides an especially appropriate setting for the study of the problems that a deep division in society gives rise to, even in the conditions of relative peace.
The Centre hosts public lectures, seminars, workshops and hosts conferences in its field, including colloquia of the International Political Science Association's research committee on politics and ethnicity. All our events and workshops, highlight critical moments in the life of Northern Ireland, UK, European Union and regularly address questions of ethnic stabilty and conflict in transforming national and international environments.