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Rebecca Loader


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    United Kingdom


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Research Statement

I took up the post of Research Fellow in 2015 following the completion of my PhD, which explored pupils' experiences of participating in shared education programmes, focusing particularly on aspects of reconciliation. My research interests more broadly are in education and social cohesion, identities in education, faith schools, intercultural education, and intergroup relations. Developing these interests and drawing on my doctoral experience, I am currently working on a project exploring inter-school collaboration and intergroup contact via shared education in international contexts such as Macedonia and Cyprus.   

Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked in research roles in the third sector and in public sector consultancy, where I was involved in projects for the Department for Education (England) and Department for Communities and Local Government, among others. I hold a BA in Religious Studies with Education from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Social Research Methods, specialising in peace and conflict research, from Ulster University. 

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Research Output

  • 6 Article
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Other contribution
  • Developing Social Cohesion through Schools in Northern Ireland and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: A Study of Policy Transfer

    Loader, R., Hughes, J., Petroska-Beshka, V. & Tomovska Misoska, A., 31 Aug 2018, In : Journal on Education in Emergencies. 4, 1, p. 114-140 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1194 Downloads (Pure)

    Fostering Harmony and Dealing with Difference in Education: A Critical Review of Perspectives on Intergroup Relations

    Hughes, J., Loader, R. & Nelson, J., 31 May 2018, Critical Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democracy Education. Keet, A. & Zembylas, M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 123-138 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
    38 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    273 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring the influences on classroom-based contact via shared education in Northern Ireland

    Loader, R., 2017, In : Educational Studies. 43, 1, p. 90-109 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    203 Downloads (Pure)


    Shortlisted for Vice-Chancellor's Research Prize

    Loader, Rebecca (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 1 KTP & Consultancy in kind
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel or committee
    • 1 Invited talk

    AHSS Research Staff Society (External organisation)

    Philip Fliers (Board Member), , Rebecca Loader (Board Member), & Patrycja Dabrowska-Klosinska (Board Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    CASE Shared Education Project Evaluation 2018/22

    Danielle Blaylock (Advisor), , Joanne Hughes (Advisor), , Rhiannon Turner (Advisor), & Rebecca Loader (Advisor)


    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    Integrating Northern Ireland: Strategies for promoting social cohesion in divided schools

    Danielle Blaylock (Advisor), & Rebecca Loader (Advisor)


    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Shared Education in Northern Ireland: A Qualitative Study of Intergroup Contact

    Author: Loader, R., Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Hughes, J. (Supervisor) & Gallagher, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy