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Neighbourhood inter-ethnic/religious mixing in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland

School of Natural and Built Environment

About the Project

This project will explore the dynamics of neighbourhood ethnic and racial mixing in a ‘post-conflict’ society. Northern Ireland has seen a slow but steady growth of diversity in recent years, and there is much to be learned about the extent and nature of residential mixing between established and emerging ethnic, racial, and religious groups. The specific focus of the project will be finalised by the supervisor and successfully appointed PhD researcher, but core issues to be considered include, for example: levels of, and opportunities for, inter-ethnic mixing in neighbourhoods, and differences in how these are shaped and experienced; diversity within socio-spatial networks and how these have changed over time and/or differ between ethnic groups and generations; the extent to which religious/communal segregation in NI may influence new forms of inter-group mixing. There is flexibility in how this project would be undertaken, and applications are welcome from candidates comfortable with quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methodological approaches.


  • Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 'Geography' at the School of Natural and Built Environment.
  • State name of the lead supervisor as ‘Dr Gemma Catney’ on application.
  • State ‘DfE funding’ as Intended Source of Funding.
  • To apply, visit


Applicants should use the ‘Research Proposal’ section to provide a 1000-word (maximum) discussion of the project description outlining:

  • Research question(s), aims and objectives that the candidate would be interested in exploring, set in the context of the wider literature.
  • The broader context of the research and its relevance to Geography/Social Science.
  • A methodological approach to the work.
  • Options for analysis of the data gathered.

Funding Notes

This DfE-funded studentship is open to UK candidates. The value of an award includes the cost of approved fees as well as maintenance support. In academic year 2020-2021 the basic rate of maintenance support for a Research Studentship is £15,285. The start date for this project will be September 2021.

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