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1980 …2016
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Research Interests

My research interests lie in two main areas: economic and social marginalization, and social control – specifically the workings of criminal justice systems. I have worked on unemployment, poverty and inequality, and have always been interested in how such problems impact on specific communities, families and individuals. Much of my work has focused on the political economy of the Northern Ireland conflict. I am particularly interested in the role of social policy and social control strategies in managing division and conflict. I have written on policing and penal policies, and have spent time in most prisons in Ireland – as an Open University tutor.

In the mid-1990s I carried out research on long-term unemployment in West Belfast for the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights. Since then I have worked with the Department for Social Development on a four year research programme using social security statistics to inform policy. I was part of the team that completed the first ever Poverty and Social Exclusion study in Northern Ireland, funded by the Office of the First Minister/Deputy First Minister and HM Treasury. Evidence from the PSE survey informed a subsequent research project, commissioned by Combat Poverty Agency, on the international evidence surrounding the relationship between poverty and armed conflicts, as well as the role of anti-poverty policies in peace-building. This led to work on the legacies of conflict, particularly the mental health impacts.  I carried out a systematic review of the literature on mental health, suicide and armed conflict for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. With colleagues from six universities across the UK, I am now participating in the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK project, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Projects 2003 2009

R1042SSP: Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK

Tomlinson, M. & Daly, M.


Project: Research

Mental Health
Northern Ireland
Conflict (Psychology)

R1719SSP: D Hodgkin PG award - Dawuda

Tomlinson, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 1980 2016

7 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Social Participation
deviant behavior
social control

Child Poverty in Northern Ireland: Results from the Poverty and Social Exclusion Study

Tomlinson, M., Hillyard, P. & Kelly, G., 03 Nov 2014, Beneath the Surface: Child Poverty in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Child Poverty Alliance, p. 11-34 24 p. Chapter 2

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

low income
23 Citations (Scopus)

Is everybody happy? The politics and measurement of national wellbeing

Tomlinson, M. & Kelly, G., Apr 2013, In : Policy and Politics. 41, 2, p. 139-157 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social policy

Activities 2008 2015

Global recession local impact: the case of Upper Springfield/Whiterock

Michael Tomlinson (Speaker)
20 Mar 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Child Poverty in Northern Ireland: Evidence from the PSE study

Michael Tomlinson (Speaker)
25 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Meeting the challenges of poverty

Michael Tomlinson (Speaker)
19 May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Abandoning the safety net

Michael Tomlinson (Contributor)
01 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Social Welfare Summer School August 2014

Michael Tomlinson (Speaker)
19 Aug 2014

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



Suicide Prevention Policy and Practice in Northern Ireland

Michael Tomlinson (Participant), Paddy Hillyard (Participant)

Impact: Societial Impact, Public Policy Impact