National and International Recognition
Paul Arthur was invited to participate in an international research project on the nature of political violence organised by David Apter for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development which resulted in the book, The Legitimization of Violence. He was awarded a fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington where he was Senior Research Fellow on the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace, in the academic year 1997-98. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of ‘The Project on Justice in Times of Transition’ based at Harvard. He is the Jefferson-Smurfit Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Missouri-St Louis for the academic year 2000-01.
Members of the UoA have been guest speakers at universities and conferences in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States:
Paul Arthur: ‘The Anglo-Irish Peace Process: Obstacles to Reconiliation’, Colgate University, New York, February 1997; ‘Political Violence in Ireland’, Churchill College, Cambridge, May 1997; ‘The Anglo-Irish Peace Process: Lessons for Conflict Management’, John Hopkins University, February 1998; ‘Prospects for Peace in Ireland’, Fordham University, March 1998; ‘Forgiveness and Reconciliation’, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, May 1998; ‘Self-determination: The case of Ireland’, UNESCO, Catalonia, November 1998; 'Conflict, Memory and Reconciliation’, University of St. Louis, May 2000.
Arthur Aughey: ‘Anglo-Irish Relations’ at the British-Irish Association Conference at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in October 1998 and on ‘The Belfast Agreement’ at a British Council seminar at the Gustav Streseman Institute in Bonn in February 1999. He gave a joint seminar with John Hume MP and Mark Durkan MLA on the Belfast Agreement at the Party of European Socialists' Summer School, Trinity College Dublin, August 2000.
Paul Dixon: 'Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland and the Peace Process', Department of Politics, University of Melbourne, November 1996; 'The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Hall of Mirrors?', Smith College, Massachusetts, USA, November 1998. His paper on the Northern Ireland Peace Process was awarded the 'best paper' prize at the Ethnic Studies Network Conference in June 1997.
Paul Hainsworth: ‘From Joan of Arc to Bardot: The French National Front’ Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia Annual Conference, Melbourne 1996. ‘Direct Elections to the European Parliament in Northern Ireland', The School of European Studies, University of Brisbane, 1996. ‘New Labour, new codes of conduct: British policy towards Indonesia and East Timor’, Annual East Timor Symposium, University of Porto, 1997.’Ethnic minorities and racism in Northern Ireland’, Conference at the LSE on '50 Years since UN Declaration of Human Rights', 1998. ‘From obscurity to ascendancy to scission: the Front National in France’, Ethnic and Racial Studies Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin, 1999. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Montpellier, 1996-2000.
Duncan Morrow: ‘Comparative Peace Processes’, Colgate University, February 1997; ‘Burying the Past’, St Antony’s College, Oxford, September 1998; ‘Frontiers and Boundaries’, University of Bremen, October 1999. He gave the Frank Wright Memorial Lecture at Queen's University, Belfast, February 1999, on 'Ethnic Frontiers Revisited’.
Carmel Roulston was a guest speaker at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1998 and the Centre for Peace Studies in the University of Limerick. Stephen Ryan was Visiting Professor at the European peace Universities in Spain and Austria.
Members of the UoA acted as external assessors for research projects submitted to the ESRC, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Canadian Social Science Research Council, the Science and Humanities Research Council and the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. They have acted as readers for Cambridge University Press, Longman, Macmillan, Pluto Press, Routledge, UCD Press and Cork University Press. They have been readers and reviewers for the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Contemporary British History, Contemporary Politics, Contemporary Security Policy, European Journal of Political Research, International Peacekeeping, Irish Political Studies, Party Politics, Political Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, European Journal of Political Research, Regional and Federal Studies, Australian Journal of Politics and Women and Politics. Members of the UoA gave papers to the annual conferences of the British Sociological Association, British International Studies Association, the International Political Science Association, the Political Studies Association and the Political Studies Association of Ireland. They have acted as external examiners for doctoral theses at the universities of Bradford, Cambridge, Kent, Limerick, Liverpool, Queen’s University, Belfast, Sheffield, Wolverhampton and Sydney. Stephen Ryan is external examiner for MAs in Peace Studies, Conflict Analysis and International Security Studies at the University of Bradford.
Members of the UoA have been active in analysing the Northern Ireland conflict for local, national and international audiences. Arthur, Aughey, Morrow and Patterson are all regular contributors to radio and television channels in Ireland, North and South, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, the U.S. and Australia. They have written articles for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Sunday Times, Sunday Tribune, The New Statesman and Parliamentary Brief.
Paul Hainsworth is on the Management Board of the One World Centre (Northern Ireland) and is a recipient of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) award for his work with Amnesty International. He is the Chair and founder of 'Cineversity', the University of Ulster's film programme, celebrating cultural diversity. He is also Amnesty International's UK Country Co-ordinator for Indonesia and East Timor.
Members continue to make a contribution to attempts to improve the quality of life in Northern Ireland by involvement in activities aimed at improving community relations. This has been the case with Duncan Morrow’s applied research. His report, Equity, Diversity and Interdependence was adopted by the government-funded Community Relations Council to provide core principles for community relations work across a wide range of bodies from government and civil society. Youth work in Northern Ireland is to be reshaped around a model drawn from the report; the Belfast European Partnership Board has adopted the report as a model for funding applications and the Community Relations Training and Learning Consortium also use the model. As a consequence of his work in cross-community reconciliation he was appointed to the Sentence Review Board which was created by the Good Friday Agreement to deal with the early release of paramilitary prisoners. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.
Paul Arthur has played a prominent role in attempts to foster better understanding on these islands through his role in the British Irish Association of which he is an Executive member. He has also been involved in the organisation of a training programme for young Northern Irish politicians through the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program of the Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland in 1998. His work in the area of reconciliation as a member of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition led to invitations from the President of Guatemala and the President of the Palestinian National Authority to participate in workshops on obstacles to reconciliation. Arthur Aughey is a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council and of the Committee for the Bicentennial of the Act of Union (1800) established by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee of the British Council. Carmel Roulston has developed the applied implications of her ESRC project in a contribution to a ‘Women into Politics’ programme run by the Belfast Community education Project.