Professor Katy Hayward

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Katy Hayward

Professor Katy Hayward

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

I am one of the leading political sociologists of the island of Ireland (e.g. co-ed. Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland, 2017), with a high profile in relation to European integration (e.g. co-ed. The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, 2010), political violence (e.g. co-ed. Nationalism and Organised Violence, 2013), and the application of discourse analysis (e.g. co-ed. Political Discourse of Peace and Conflict, 2009). My recent funded research includes TRUST Tracing Risk and Uncertainty in Security Technology (RCUK, 2013-15), and Conflict in Cities and the Contested State (ESRC, 2010-14). I am currently lead partner for the Irish case study of the Canadian $2.8m SSHRC-funded project ‘Borders in Globalization’ (PI: UVic, British Columbia).

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in:

  • Peace and conflict processes
  • Political sociology
  • Political discourses, protest and violence

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Public outreach & key achievements

I have twenty years’ research experience on the impact of the EU on the Irish border and peace process, including as part of the EU FP5-funded EUBorderConf [EU and border conflicts] project and the current SSHRC-funded ‘Borders in Globalization’ programme.

I am the author of over 100 publications, including most recently the report Bordering on Brexit: Views from local communities in the central border region of Ireland/Northern Ireland and co-author (with Prof David Phinnemore) of UK Withdrawal (Brexit) and the Good Friday Agreement commissioned by the AFCO committee of the European Parliament.

I have presented widely to various audiences on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland (especially with a view to the Irish border and the peace process). I have also given written and oral evidence before several parliamentary committees in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Research students

Name Patricia Sloan
Years of study 2012 - 2018 
Country Northern Ireland 
Name Alba Arenales 
Years of study 2018 -2021 
Country  Northern Ireland 


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