Dr Gavin Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Gavin Duffy

Dr Gavin Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

I am primarily focused on shared education which involves collaboration between schools from different communities. While this work began in Northern Ireland, I also work in various international settings such as the Israel, the US and Lebanon promoting school collaboration and investigating the benefits school networks.

A key aspect of this work involves working closely with teachers and school leaders exploring approaches to collaborative professional development and models of educational leadership and school improvement. Other research interests include custodial education as I have worked and researched with the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • School collaboration and school networks
  • Educational leadership
  • Education in divided societies
  • Education in custodial settings

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Public outreach & key achievements



My work has led to new legislation in Northern Ireland (Shared Education Act 2016) and current in collaboration with the Education Authority involves teacher professional development and supporting school partnerships and wider school improvement networks.

Research students

Name Wenchao Zhang (2nd Supervisor)  
Years of study 2018-2020 
Country China  
Name Patricia O’Lynn (2nd Supervisor)   
Years of study  2018-2019
Country N. Ireland
Name Hazel Harris (2nd Supervisor EdD)  
Country  Northern Ireland 


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