Project Details


Migration, 'race' and ethnicity, majority-minority dynamics are established areas of academic enquiry in many contexts around the world. In one region of the UK, that of Northern Ireland, these are significantly under-studied when it comes to local populations and issues. This study sought to comprehend why and explore how such localised research enquiry is constructed, perceived and impacted by the various stakeholders who influence that contexts’ higher education ecology. Collected data about relevant research outputs were analysed, in addition to qualitative insights generated from questionnaire responses and semi-structured interviews with the participation of academics; institutional research developers; and non-governmental bodies with relation to universities and to the underserved populations. This enabled comprehending the complexities of the internal and external factors which shape research structures and cultures, and their relation to enabling or constraining the agency and practice of academic actors.

Informed by the findings of the study, follow on activities are being planeed for workshops to bring the research community together, across institutions and borders, and enhance responsiveness.

The project was supported through the research assistance of Yvonne Moynihan. Financial support included:

The British Academy and Leverhulme Trust
The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
Effective start/end date22/03/2022 → …

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 project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • higher education
  • research
  • research culture
  • migrant
  • ethnic minority
  • minority
  • Northern Ireland
  • marginalisation
  • common good
  • social good


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