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Research Interests

My research expertise lies in international disability rights and children’s rights with a particular focus on the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to national policy and practice. I also have a particular interest in the rights of disabled children and young people, inclusive education, transitions, and disability theory. Prior to joining the School in 2012 I was a Children’s Rights Research Fellow in the then School of Education, and a researcher for the Centre on Human Rights for People with Disabilities at Disability Action. I am currently Co-Director of the Centre for Children's Rights and co-chair of the Disability Research Network at QUB. 


Current Projects


  • Developing Child Friendly UNCRC (2018-2019) GlobalChild Rights Dialogue, (with Laura Lundy and Michelle Templeton)


  • Access to Justice for Deaf People - Implementing Article 13 of the UNCRPD, DRILL (2018-2020) with British Deaf Association, Syracuse University and Rowan University. 


  • The Rights of Children with Disabilities in the Digital Environment, Council of Europe (2017-2018) (with Laura Lundy)


  • Acceptability and usefulness of ‘My Healthcare Passport' to young people with life-limiting conditions. Marie Curie Research Funding (2016-2018) (with Pete O'Halloran, Dorry McLaughlin, Michaela Hollywood, Jayne Price, Aine Abbott, Max Watson)


Recent Projects


  • Evaluation of Unicef UK Child Rights Partners Programme,Unicef UK (2016-2017) (with Siobhan McAlister and Katrina Lloyd)



  • ECNI Update Project: Shortfalls in public policy and programme delivery in Northern Ireland relative to the Articles of the UNCRPD, funded by Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (with Colin Harper). Completed July 2014


  • Transitions for Young People with Hearing Loss (with Siobhan McAlister), funded by Action on Hearing Loss. Completed June 2014.


  • Implementing Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland: A Collaboration Project with the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), (with Laura Lundy), funded by ESRC. Completed September 2013.


  • Bringing Children’s Rights into Domestic Law: An International Review (with Laura Lundy and Ursula Kilkelly), funded by UNICEF UK.  Completed September 2012.


  • Transitions to Adult Services for Young People with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland (with Laura Lundy), funded by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed August 2012.


  • A Human Rights Review of the Northern Ireland Education System, (with Laura Lundy and Lesley Emerson), funded by Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Completed May 2012


  • Barriers to Effective Government Delivery for Children in Northern Ireland (with Laura Lundy), Funded by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. Completed June 2012, See



  • Ready to Learn: Involving Children in the Service Design Process (with Laura Lundy and Lesley Emerson), Funded by Barnardo’s Northern Ireland. Completed March 2010.





Leadership Roles (Teaching)

Programme Director (MSc Children's Rights) (2018 -)

Programme Director (BA Social Policy) (2015-2018)


Undergraduate Teaching


SPY3014 Disability and Society (Module Convenor)

SPY1005 Themes and Issues in Social Policy

SPY1004 Introducing Social Policy

SPY3019 Gender, the Family and Social Policy

Undergraduate dissertation supervisor


Postgraduate Teaching

SOC9047 Perspectives in Childhood and Youth

SOC9048 Childhood and Youth Research in Practice


Other Leadership Roles

Co-Director, Centre for Children's Rights

Co-Chair, Disability Research Network

Social Policy Subject Lead, School Management Board


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Research Output

Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    261 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 24 Citations (Scopus)
    2218 Downloads (Pure)

    Reconciling Children's Policy and Children's Rights: Barriers to Effective Government Delivery

    Byrne, B. & Lundy, L., 2015, In : Children and Society. 29, 4, p. 266-276 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    432 Downloads (Pure)
  • 21 Citations (Scopus)
    43 Downloads (Pure)


    Best of UNICEF Research Impact 2019

    Laura Lundy (Recipient), Bronagh Byrne (Recipient) & Ursula Kilkelly (Recipient), 09 Oct 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Most Involved Teaching Staff Award

    Bronagh Byrne (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    United Nations Human Rights Council inter-sessional event on inclusive education, Geneva

    Bronagh Byrne (Speaker)
    08 Feb 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    Workshop on Children's Participation for the Commissioner for Children for Jersey.

    Laura Lundy (Invited speaker), Bronagh Byrne (Invited speaker)
    30 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    University of Sydney

    Bronagh Byrne (Speaker)
    18 Mar 201921 Mar 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, 3002, Australia.

    Bronagh Byrne (Speaker)
    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Disability Research in Independent Living and Learning Research Programme (External organisation)

    Bronagh Byrne (Advisor)
    Feb 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

    Press / Media

    Passionate Champion of Young People and Disabled People

    Bronagh Byrne


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research