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PhD projects

- Schools and Conflict - Faith schools - Education policy


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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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Research Output

  • Teaching about the Past in Northern Ireland: Avoidance, Neutrality, and Criticality

    Donnelly, C., McAuley, C., Blaylock, D. & Hughes, J., 30 Jun 2020, (Accepted) In : Irish Educational Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    693 Downloads (Pure)


    Differences and conflict in school life: School-based contact as a mechanism for social cohesion

    Danielle Blaylock (Advisor), , Joanne Hughes (Advisor), , Caitlin Donnelly (Advisor), & Miles Hewstone (Advisor)

    21 Sep 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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

    External Examiner, PhD level, University of Limerick

    Caitlin Donnelly (Examiner)

    Oct 2010

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Education Sciences (Journal)

    Caitlin Donnelly (Editorial board member)

    Oct 2010 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


    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


    Keeping Faith: Secularisation and its influence on the governance of primary schools in Northern Ireland

    Author: Harris, H., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Donnelly, C. (Supervisor) & Duffy, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Teachers as Agents of Change: Teachers' constructions of curricular change: a qualitative analysis of the STEPS PD Fundamental Movement Skills(FMS) programme in Northern Ireland

    Author: Gardiner, J., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: McKee, D. (Supervisor) & Donnelly, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    The Use of Mobile Devices for Learning in Post-Primary Education and at University: Student Attitudes and Perceptions

    Author: Lynch, U., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Cowan, P. (Supervisor) & Donnelly, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy