Queen's University Belfast

The Northern Ireland team is located in the School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work and the School of History and Anthropology at the Queen’s University, Belfast.  Queen’s University is well-established and part of the U.K. Russell Group of research universities.  The Schools have a strong and active research culture with Sociology and Social Anthropology both attaining a grade ‘5’ (of international standing) in the most recent U.K. Research Assessment Exercise. The School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work has a strong tradition of researching contested identity in Northern Ireland. Miller and Schubotz are both members of the ARK resource – Access, Research, Knowledge – whose wide-ranging activities centre on the dissemination and support of social science research about Northern Ireland. The dissemination role includes a strong presence on the web ( www.ark.ac.uk ) and close liaison with government policy makers, politicians and others in the public arena. The Belfast team is able to generalise its expertise on dissemination for the benefit of the Euroidentities project.

Key scientific staff and expertise:

Professor Robert Miller

Has carried out biographical research for over a decade, mainly in the areas of social mobility and political participation. Former Chair of the European Sociological Association Research Network ‘Biographical Perspectives on European Societies’ and Board Member of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 38, ‘Biography & Society’, he has a long history of running large scale research projects and currently is Deputy Director of the ARK Project and the Principal Investigator of that project’s ESRC grant.  This experience of running collaborative research enterprises across institutions will be important for the Euroidentity project, of which he is the coordinator.

Dr. Dirk Schubotz 

Senior Research Fellow. An experienced qualitative researcher who did his PhD on biographical methods at Otto-von-Guericke Universität. He provides an important liaison between Queens University and the German research team.

Dr. Maruška Svašek 

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of the Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network, Queens University Belfast. Researches identity formation, emotional processes, migration, border issues and material culture. She contributes especially to the ‘Transnational workers’ work programme, and is particularly interested in the emotional dimensions of identity formation.

Markieta Domecka

Research assistant. In the years 1999-2002 she worked in the Polish-Czech-German research project Biographical Identities in the Borderland. She also used biographical approach in her doctoral study on The Actors in the Business Field of Post-Socialist Poland.


Prof. Robert Miller

Queen's University
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK.



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