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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Most areas of children’s and young people’s lives - Sexuality, gender and sexual health - Policy making processes, especially community relations in Northern Ireland


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Personal profile


  • Research Methods
  • Social Policy

Research Interests

  • Research methods (Participatory methods incl. peer research; survey methods; qualitative methods incl. BNIM)
  • Young people
  • Sexuality
  • Community relations

I am a member of ARK and have directed the annual Young Life and Times (YLT) survey (www.ark.ac.uk/ylt) of 16-year olds since 2003. I am also involved in the running of ARK's annual Kids Life and Times (KLT) survey (www.ark.ac.uk/klt).


I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. I am also a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the European Survey Research Association (ESRA).

At Queen's University, I am a member of the Centre of Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) as well as the Centre for Children's Rights.

I am currently the Chair of my School's Research Ethics Committee. 

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Research Output

Young people's self-reported experiences of sexual exploitation and sexual violence: a view from Northern Ireland

Beckett, H. & Schubotz, D., 2014, In : Journal of Youth Studies. 17, 4, p. 430-445 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Recruitment and capacity-building challenges in participatory research involving young people in Northern Ireland

    McCartan, C., Burns, S. & Schubotz, D., 2012, Community Research for Participation: From theory to method. Goodson, L. & Phillimore, J. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press, p. 283 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A Shared Future? Exclusion, Stigmatization, and Mental Health of Same-Sex-Attracted Young People in Northern Ireland

    Schubotz, D. & O'Hara, M., Jan 2011, In : Youth & Society. 43, 2, p. 488-508 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)


  • Activities

    The Engaged Researcher - Sharing experiences from teaching and practice

    Dirk Schubotz (Advisor)
    21 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Participatory Research

    Dirk Schubotz (Advisor)
    21 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Young people’s attitudes and perceptions to community relations and education

    Dirk Schubotz (Advisor)
    07 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Children's Rights and Social Work: Think Tank enhancing participatory research.

    Michelle Templeton (Consultant), Dirk Schubotz (Consultant)
    12 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    The ‘usual suspects’? Young people’s experiences of police stop and search powers in Northern Ireland

    John Topping (Speaker), Dirk Schubotz (Speaker)
    23 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar



    "A different kind of girl" : young women's experiences of growing up and "coming out" in Northern Ireland

    Author: Neill, G., Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Smyth, L. (Supervisor) & Schubotz, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy