Rebecca Irwin

Rebecca Irwin

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Research Focus

Rebecca’s doctoral research examines how race, gender and inter-cultural relations are represented in the written, oral and material histories of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s (PCI) overseas missions to Malawi between 1958 and 2000. The research adopts an intersectional approach, with a particular focus on race and gender as key categories negotiated within and through the mission work and its legacies. In the process, the research will uncover the place of marginalised non-European actors in the missionary enterprise. In this way, it will encourage conversations that deal constructively with the connections between Christian missions and racial justice.


Teaching Assistant:

  • GGY2055 Geographical Research Skills
  • GGY2056 Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry 


Education/ Qualifications:

  • 2017- 2020: BSc Geography, Queen's University Belfast: First Class Honors
  • 2020- 2021: MA Public History, Queen's University Belfast: Distinction 

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions