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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD proposals in the areas of: - The role of education in divided societies generally - The relationship between education policy and educational practice - Collaboration between schools and the role of social networks - Issues related to educational leadership

1992 …2020

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Personal profile

Research Statement

My main research interests focus on the role of education in divided societies and the civic and democratic role of higher education.

Since the early 2000s an important focus for my work has been on the development of collaborative school networks. This work has led to the development of the Northern Ireland Model of Shared Education. From pilot programmes in 2007 where we began with twelve schools, this work has now developed to the extent that Shared Education has been adopted as a statutory duty of the Department of Education in Northern Ireland, and currently about 60% of schools there are involved in school partnerships. The model has also been adapted for use in a range of other divided societies, including Israel and parts of the Balkans, in the cities of Jerusalem and Los Angeles, and discussions are on-going in Lebanon, Cyprus and other post-conflict regions.

Over the same period I have worked with the Council of Europe and the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy. This work has focused on the role of engaged universities, either as promoters of democratic culture or in their role as anchor institutions.

I have held a number of leadership roles within Queens including Head of the School of Education (2005-10), Pro Vice Chancellor (2010-15), Acting Head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (2016) and Acting Faculty Dean of Research for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2018-19).


Throughout my time in Queens I have contributed to teaching on a wide range of programmes at Masters and Doctoral levels. My current main focus is on a Master’s programme on Educational Leadership. I also contribute to the general lectures of the PGCE and PGCHET programmes, and speak regularly to visiting groups of staff and students. I also receive regular invitations to speak to local communities and organisations in Northern Ireland.

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Research Output

At the Boundaries: School Networks in Divided Societies

Robinson, G., Gallagher, A., Duffy, G. & McAneney, H., 04 May 2020, In : Journal of Professional Capital and Community. 5, 2, p. 183-197 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    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
  • 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
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    Elected Academician

    Gallagher, Tony (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education

    Gallagher, Tony (Recipient), Hughes, Joanne (Recipient), Duffy, Gavin (Recipient), Robinson, Gareth (Recipient) & Loader, Rebecca (Recipient), 20 Feb 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    New World, New Skills NI Podcast

    Tony Gallagher (Recipient)

    20 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Why careful consideration must be given to when we re-open schools and how

    Tony Gallagher (Recipient)

    29 Apr 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    QUB Social Charter podcasts: Shared Education

    Tony Gallagher (Recipient), , Joanne Hughes (Recipient), & Gavin Duffy (Recipient)

    02 Apr 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Master your craft podcast: series 3, episode 1

    Tony Gallagher (Recipient)

    22 Apr 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Education policy in Northern Ireland after New Decade New Approach

    Tony Gallagher (Advisor)

    28 Feb 2020

    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., Dec 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

    Common Education and Separate Schools: A Study of Sharing Education in Northern Ireland Using a Grounded Theory Methodology

    Author: Nelson, J. H., Jul 2013

    Supervisor: Gallagher, T. (Supervisor) & Purdy, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Exploring the practice of democratic education in Chinese public schools : An ethnographical study

    Author: Zhang, W., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Gallagher, A. (Supervisor) & Duffy, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy