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Research Statement

My main research interest over my career has focused on the role of education in divided societies, although I have also carried out some significant work on aspects of equality and inclusion through education. Most of this work has been carried out in Northern Ireland, although I have been invited by international organisations to work in the Middle East (United States Institute of Peace) and South East Europe (Council of Europe, British Council and various UN agencies). Given my leadership roles within Queens over recent years (2005-2010 Head of the School of Education; 2010-continuing, Pro Vice Chancellor) I have consolidated my research activity and now mainly focus on work on shared education. This represents an innovative approach to addressing issues related to ethnic and religious dfferences in education in Northern Ireland and has received very significant funding support from Atlantic Philanthropies and the Internaiotnal Fund for Ireland. The shared education approach arises from a critique of previous approaches within education to addressing community relations and has developed a practical alternative aimed at achieving systemic change through the promotion of collaborative networks of schools in which pupils and teachers take classes across a number of schools. Over a period of four years we have supported 24 networks of mainly post-primary schools and in the most recent year over 5,000 pupils took over 3,000 regular classes in neighbouring schools of a different denominaitonal tradition. Most of my activity related to this project in recent years has focused on advocacy for shared education as a policy imperative and this has achieved some considerable success: shared education was adopted as an explicit policy commitment in the manifestoes of four of the five main political parties in the 2011 NI Assembly election and a commitment to shared education goals was included in the Executive's Programme for Government. In addition, we have received interest in bringing the model of shared education to Macedonia, Malaysia and Israel, with a collaborative project in Israel already in receipt of some funding support from the British Council. Given all this interest and attention, the shared education initiative has the potential for a 4* impact statement for the 2014 REF.


My main teaching responsibilities within the School lie in contributions to taught modules of the EdD programme, and one of the general lectures to the PGCE group. In the past I have also taught MEd/MSc modules. Since my appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor I am no longer able to take module programmes, but I continue to offer occasoinal lectures to the PGCE and Masters programme in the School.

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education Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
planning process Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
process analysis Social Sciences
pupil Social Sciences
society Social Sciences
university Social Sciences

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1993 2019

Education in conflict-affected areas: Final report

Gallagher, A., Robinson, G., Hughes, J. & Connolly, D., 10 Apr 2019, London: British Council. 31 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
conflict resolution

Enbedding engagement: the example of Queen's University Belfast

Gallagher, A., 01 May 2019, The local mission of higher education: principles and practice. Bergan, S., Harkavy, I. & Munck, R. (eds.). Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing, p. 52-61 10 p.

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

Open Access
social charter
social justice

Professor Tony Gallagher

Gallagher, A., 25 Jan 2019, Top of the Class@ How should we be judging our schools?. A. UK. (ed.). Banbury: Adoption UK, p. 13-13 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
school system
university teacher

Can we make our campuses more diverse and inclusive? Lessons from the United Kingdom

Gallagher, A., 01 May 2018, Higher education for diversity, social inclusion and community - A democratic imperative (Council of Europe Higher Education Series No. 22), . Bergan, S. & Harkavy, I. (eds.). 1 ed. Strasbourg: Strasbourg: Council of Europe/ Conseil de l’Europe, Vol. 22. p. 87-102 16 p.

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

Open Access


Elected Academician

Anthony Gallagher (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2006 2019

Queen's University Belfast as an Anchor Institution

Tony Gallagher (Advisor)
24 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

In Between: visions from contested cities: Thinking Ahead, Educating the Next Generations

Tony Gallagher (Advisor)
20 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Education in Europe: identify, divison, cohesion

Tony Gallagher (Advisor)
29 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Report of the General Rapporteur

Tony Gallagher (Advisor)
22 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Education, Equity and the Economy

Tony Gallagher (Advisor)
30 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Promoting Respect for Ethnic Diversity in Preschool Children

Paul Connolly (Participant), Berni Kelly (Participant), Tony Gallagher (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact

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


An Investigation into the Potential Role of a Virtual Learning Environment for Visually Impaired Adults

Author: Lynch, P., Sep 2008

Supervisor: Gallagher, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


A Social Network Analysis of Interschool Collaboration: Staff Relationships in a Shared Education Partnership

Author: Robinson, G., Jun 2016

Supervisor: Gallagher, A. (Supervisor) & McAneney, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

SENCOs’ Understanding of Dyslexia: Implications for the Identification of, and Support for Children with Dyslexia in Northern Ireland Primary Schools

Author: Collins, M. A., Sep 2006

Supervisor: Gallagher, A. (Supervisor) & Winter, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


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

Author: Loader, R., Jun 2015

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Social deprivation in Northern Ireland's rural schools: principals' perceptions of the effects on pupils

Author: Stinson, D. J., May 2011

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy