Martina McKnight


  • Room 02.012 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom


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Research Statement

On completion of my PhD in 2008 I began work on a five year ESRC funded interdisciplinary project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Everyday Life and the Possibilities for Transformation, Jerusalem and Other Divided Cities’ ( Focusing on Belfast, I explored gender and public space; young people and peacewalls; and religion in urban space. I then contributed to two research projects, one exploring how six neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland were responding to a number of potential stressors, such as, welfare reform and the economic downturn; and the other that assessed the contribution of waterfront regeneration to the economic and social health of cities. In 2014, I joined ARK (, a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University which makes social science information widely accessible.  In this role I work primarily on the Young Life and Times and the Kids’ Life and Times surveys.  These surveys explore the attitudes of sixteen year olds and eleven year olds living in Northern Ireland to a range of social issues. My research interests include children and young people, conflict, gender and research methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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