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Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a partner on the Law and Policy Frameworks and Transformation and Empowerment and research themes. The projects under the Law and Policy Frameworks research theme address development challenges in gender, justice and security by: gathering quantitative and qualitative data on the gendered impacts of donor policies, institutional structures and funding patterns on transitional justice and Women, Peace and Security; examining the ways in which women’s and civil society groups’ experiences of transitional justice interventions by international agencies and NGOs are affected by differential power relations and limited transparency; improving current understandings of the extent and effect of feminist transformations of international security practices; and generating unique policy and scholarly perspectives on the relationships between complex conflict settings, terrorism, counter-terrorism and fragile state.

The projects under the Transformation and Empowerment research theme focus on reconciliation and empowerment after conflict; the complex legacies and silences of transformative justice; improving gender equality and governance in unstable regime environments; and the contribution of culture to peacebuilding. Using legal, historical and conceptual work along with qualitative and survey data collection, the projects analyse justice concerns across periods of conflict and peace, with a particular emphasis on historical injustices, socio-economic rights deprivations and the vulnerability of marginalised groups to justice deficiencies. 

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Hub project(s):
Gender and Conflict Transformation
Justice a long time after empire
Social and Economic Justice and Conflict Transformation

Hub member(s):
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Co-Director, Transformation and Empowerment