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Research Interests

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly in the area of school ethos and intergroup relations in schools. I have undertaken research on the concept of school ethos attempting to develop greater conceptual clarity and specificity.  I have also published extensively on the role of schools in promoting or impeding the development of more positive relations between groups divided by religious belief, political persuasion and or cultural traditions; I am currently involved in exploring the potential of the relatively recent concept of ‘shared education’ on the development of better inter-group relations in Northern Ireland and other divided societies.. I would welcome inquiries from prospective doctoral students who are interested in undertaking research in the field of education in divided contexts.


Leadership and Teaching

I am currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Shared Education within the School of Education and the Director of Education in the School of Education; I teach two modules on the Professional Doctoral Programme: Education in Divided Societies and Qualitative research modules.


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Projects 2014 2014

Research Output 1996 2018

friendship group
education system
Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
educational difficulties
demand-oriented economic policy

Integrated schools and intergroup relations in Northern Ireland: the importance of parents

Donnelly, C., Furey, A. & Hughes, J., 30 Sep 2016, In : Educational Research. 58, 4, p. 442-456 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
research approach
qualitative research
5 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
national identity
education system

Activities 2009 2011

  • 2 PhD external examination
  • 1 KTP & Consultancy in kind
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Research and Teaching at External Organisation

Universitiy of Millersville

Caitlin Donnelly (Visitor)
Apr 2011

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

External Examiner, PhD level, University of Aberdeen

Caitlin Donnelly (Examiner)
Jan 2011

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Education Sciences (Journal)

Caitlin Donnelly (Editorial board member)
Oct 2010 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

External Examiner, PhD level, University of Limerick

Caitlin Donnelly (Examiner)
Oct 2010

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

External Consultant for structured PhD programme, School of Education, University of Limerick

Caitlin Donnelly (Advisor)
Sep 2009Dec 2009

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind


Shared Education: Building Positive Intergroup Relations in Divided Societies

Tony Gallagher (Participant), Joanne Hughes (Participant), Karen Carlisle (Participant), Caitlin Donnelly (Participant)

Impact: Public Policy Impact, Societial Impact


Citizenship Education and Identity: A comparative study across different schools in Northern Ireland and Israel

Author: Muff, A., 2019

Supervisor: Donnelly, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Essentially Christian in character? Ethos in integrated schools

Author: Wardlow, M., Jul 2013

Supervisor: Hughes, J. (Supervisor) & Donnelly, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy