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Research has focused on children and young people’s experiences and attitudes in all areas of their lives, as well as their rights. The research has also focused on a broad range of issues around sexual health and sexuality as well as sexual and gender identity.

The objective of the research activity is to explore the lives of children and young people in greater detail and to make sure that their views are being taken into account when decisions are being made about them.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Most areas of children’s and young people’s lives
  • Sexuality, gender and sexual health
  • Policy making processes, especially community relations in Northern Ireland
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  • Dr Schubotz is responsible for an annual attitudes survey of 16-year olds in NI – see link above.
  • She is monitoring young people’s views and attitudes for a number of government departments who are using
    our data to inform their policies. This includes the areas of education (shared education/CRED/relationship and
    sexuality education); good relations, safety in the community, physical activity and health.
  • Her work has also contributed to a review on child-sexual exploitation.
  • She has been involved in a study on sex workers which has informed policy at Westminster.


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Social Sciences, Education And Social Work


Research students

PhD title: The relationship between poverty and social exclusion and the Northern Ireland conflict

Name: Ronan Smyth
Years of Study: 
Country: England

PhD title: Experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming prisoners in the UK and Ireland

Name: Laura Wylie
Years of Study: 
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: The impact of social networking on young women’s identity formation

Name: Laura Milner
Years of Study: 
Country: Northern Ireland

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