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29 September, 2021

CESI’s community partner, The Market Development Association (MDA), has recently embarked upon a 10-week Education Programme in Market Community Centre.

6 September, 2021

The partnership between CESI and our local community partners was further strengthened and extended when CESI and the Market Development Association recently hosted a group of cross-disciplinary academics from Queen’s in the Market Community Centre.

31 August, 2021

CESI PhD student Emma Loudon has successfully defended her thesis, entitled "Family experiences of parental mental illness in Northern Ireland: A social phenomenological study".

7 July, 2021

CESI’s community partner, Market Development Association (MDA), has been involved in plans submitted for a major redevelopment and housing project at the Gasworks site in south Belfast.

5 July, 2021

The Campbell UK & Ireland team, in collaboration with CHI (Centre for Homelessness), conducted a suite of three systematic reviews to tackle Homelessness. The first of these reviews on Accommodation is now available!

6 May, 2021

This event combines Campbell UK and Ireland’s research expertise with CES’s work supporting implementation of services and policy.

18 June, 2021

We are delighted to announce that a number of CESI members have been successful in their recent applications for academic promotion.

14 June, 2021

CESI Fellows Dr Karen Galway and Dr Liam O'Hare are part of a team who have successfully been awarded funding from NIHR [£1.5m] to explore the impact of community led organisation on health and wellbeing.

7 June, 2021

Campbell UK and Ireland is delighted to welcome Associate Professor Ruth Garside (European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter), who will be conducting two half-day workshops on Mixed Methods.

7 June, 2021

Between 24 and 27 May, almost 300 delegates from around the world attended the LINKS international online conference: 'Early Childhood Developments and Peacebuilding - Making the Links'.

6 May, 2021

Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland are holding a virtual Information Session on its next Fellowship award applications.

30 April, 2021

CESI’s South Belfast community partner has expressed concerns about a proposed social housing development in the Market area.

16 April, 2021

Just after Easter, CESI’s community partners in Market Development Association met with other youth groups in South Belfast to discuss the return of youth services following recent community tensions across the north.

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A new fully funded PhD opportunity is available working with CESI Fellows Dr Karen Galway (School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Dr Liam O’Hare (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work).


CESI PhD student Deborah Webster has successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled: 'An exploration of the online and offline social networks of post primary school pupils in Northern Ireland and how they impact their subjective wellbeing'.

CESI PhD student Ewan MacRae has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: 'An Investigation of teacher knowledge of and engagement with educational evidence'.

CESI, in collaboration with Save the Children UK, National Foundation for Educational Research and Nuffield Foundation, co-hosted, on 4 March 2021, a nationwide launch of an independent evaluation of the Families Connect programme.

A team from CESI has met with Deirdre Hargey, Minister for Communities, and her colleagues to discuss a range of issues including the impacts of poverty and deprivation in Northern Ireland.

To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, The CESI Innovations team recently held workshops with the Ulster Orchestra, Crescendo musicians and teachers and principals from primary schools in the Colin and Shankill.

Congratulations to one of our CESI students, Ruth Neill, who has been awarded her PhD.

CESI works with Northern Ireland Alcohol and Drug Alliance to capture service users’ experience during lockdown

Professor Berni Kelly, Professor John Pinkerton and Dr Olinda Santin at QUB have recently launched new reports on a four-country comparative feasibility study of care-leaving in Africa

Academy Award-winning director, Terry George, has shown his support for the Market community’s Sunshine not Skyscrapers campaign.

P7 pupils from St Malachy's Primary School in the Market have made an appeal to Belfast City Council planning committee showing the impact of planning decisions on their community and sharing what type of place they want to live in

Professor Kathy Higgins, CESI Director, is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Market community in Belfast.

Professor Maria Lohan and Team Publish Systematic Reviews on Male Sexual and Reproductive Health


A substantial number of CESI members have recently gained academic promotion at Queen’s, reflecting on the impactful and innovative nature of their work.

A new research study has found that walking outside, visiting green spaces such as parks and contacting family and friends are considered by UK adults as the most helpful ways to cope with stress about the pandemic.

The Centre for Public Health at Queen’s alongside colleagues at the University of Melbourne are the joint recipients of over £700,000 in funding by the UK and Australian Governments to advance research into the impact of urban design on health.

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A research team from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded a £263,701 grant to create an online advance care planning resource for nursing homes during a COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr John Moriarty, CESI Fellow and Public Engagement Lead, has recently been interviewed for BBC News about the socio-economic inequalities present in deaths from COVID-19 throughout Northern Ireland.

In this video series, Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's, talks to academics and practitioners from within and beyond the University, in five Roundtable panel discussions.

CESI Quality Education Theme Lead Dr Laura Dunne has been invited to represent Northern Ireland on a UK-wide COVID-19 Taskforce.

CESI Fellows Dr Laura Dunne and Dr Sarah Miller have been invited to join the Behaviour Change Group (BCG), an Emergency Response co-ordinated by the Public Health Agency.

CESI Associate Fellow Dr Olinda Santin has been awarded an ESRC Impact Accelerator Account award to develop a digital resource to support families affected by cancer in Vietnam.

CESI Fellow Dr Karen Galway at Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Siobhan O’Neill at Ulster University have collaborated to establish a new Suicide Prevention Research Network for Northern Ireland.

CESI is pleased to announce that Jonathan Breckon, Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence at Nesta, has been appointed as CESI Visiting Fellow.

Professor Gavin Davidson and Dr Claire McCartan have secured funding for a short Early Career Researcher secondment based with the Department of Health NI.

The Sustainable Cities and Communities strand is currently involved in a number of funded projects and grant applications. Here is a digest of current activity which reflects the diversity and range of collaborative work within this theme.

CESI continues to draw on over 25 years of experience in interdisciplinary research into finding solutions for key societal issues involving children, families and communities, by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic collaboratively.

We would be delighted to see you there!