ARK Research Seminar Videos

Below is a listing of all the ARK research seminars that have been recorded for online viewing since 2004. Included are any documentation and press releases associated with each seminar where applicable. However, if you require hard copy versions of these documents, please contact us by phone (+44 (0) 2871 375513) or send an email to our secretary.

All work that refers to an ARK Research Update should acknowledge it using the appropriate bibliographic citation. For example:

Lloyd, Katrina and Devine, Paula, 2006, To stay or not to stay: that is the question, ARK Research Update 45, Belfast: ARK < >

There are over 100 ARK Research Seminar Videos with associated documents. You can the search facility below with keywords or names to help find the ARK Research Seminars you are interested in.

Total number of items - 127

26th May 2022
Political Attitudes in Northern Ireland after Brexit and under the Protocol
Katy Hayward, Milena Komarova and Ben Rosher
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26th May 2022
The Other Division in Northern Ireland: public attitudes to poverty, economic hardship and social security
Sabrina Bunyan, Mark Simpson, Goretti Horgan and Ann Marie Gray


In 2021, the ARK NILT survey asked the Northern Ireland (NI) population about their views on a range of issues relating to fairness with regard to incomes, taxes and social security, financial hardship and the cost of the living. It did so at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic had brought about both an economic and public health crisis impacting the everyday lives of many people. The fieldwork for the survey took place during the final quarter of 2021, just before an Omicron wave of COVID-19 infections.

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12th May 2022
Attitudes to mental health and suicide in Northern Ireland
Siobhan O'Neill, Margaret McLafferty and Paula Devine

2021 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey results.

In this new Research Update, Siobhan O'Neill (Northern Ireland's Mental Health Champion), Margaret McLafferty and Paula Devine explore public attitudes to mental health and suicide in Northern Ireland, based on data from the 2021 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey. This Research Update was published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

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11th May 2022
Wandering the wards: institutional 'rules' and their consequences for people living with dementia
Professor Katie Featherstone, Ángel Leira Pernas

This webinar was presented by Professor Katie Featherstone (University of West London).  It is based on her ethnographic research on hospital care of people living with dementia, and will introduce us to the topic of the rules that dominate these institutions, the way these rules are constructed and enforced, and their consequences for patients.

The event was chaired by Ángel Leira Pernas, PhD student on the ARK Ageing programme. Professor Featherstone will present her work, which will be followed by a response from Mr. Pernas.

This is the first event in the Next Generation Thinking in Research on Ageing series, and it took place at 11am on Wednesday 11 May via Zoom.

19th Jan 2022
Partition and the Birth of Northern Ireland Revisited: Reflections on the Marking of a Decade of Centenaries
Dr Eamon Phoenix

In this webinar, Dr Éamon Phoenix reflected on how partition and the birth of Northern Ireland have been marked and commemorated. 

The event was organised as part of the CAIN Associate Programme.

06th Oct 2021
Conflict Textiles and CAIN: Learning the Language of Textiles
Roberta Bacic, Breege Doherty and Gillian Robinson

This webinar provided a background to the origins, development and mission of the Conflict Textiles physical collection and online archive. The speakers were Roberta Bacic, Breege Doherty and Gillian Robinson.

The event was organised as part of the CAIN Associate Programme.

14th Sep 2021
The potential of the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) for COVID research
Estelle Lowry (NILS)

The Northern Ireland Longitudinal study (NILS) is a wide-ranging administrative database of people living in Northern Ireland. This interactive workshop provided an overview of the readily available data, the topic areas which can be rapidly explored and discuss feasibility of linkage with health data.

This event on 14 September 201 was a collaboration between ARK ( and the NILS Research Support Unit (

31st Aug 2021
Young People’s Understanding of Coercive Control
Susan Lagdon, Julie-Ann Jordan, Lucia Klencakova, Ciaran Shannon, Mark Tully and Cherie Armour

This online webinar on 31 August 2021 marked the public release of results from the 2020/1 Young Life and Times (YLT) survey. YLT is an annual survey which records the attitudes of young people aged 16 living in Northern Ireland to key issues affecting their lives.

In this event, Dr Dirk Schubotz (YLT Director) highlighted key findings from the most recent survey, which included questions on mental health, coercive control, good relations, community safety, shared education, and politics. A panel of experts - Susan Lagdon (Ulster University), Alex Tennant (NICCY) and Rosellen Roche (University of Ohio) - discussed these findings. 

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15th Jun 2021
Social care in prisons on the island of Ireland
Sarah Lawrence, Aidan Cooney and Ali Duggan

This event focused on policy and practice relating to social care in prisons on the island of Ireland.  In the first presentation 'Ageing in Prisons in Northern Ireland: A policy update of social care provision for older adults in prison in Northern Ireland', Sarah Lawrence discussed findings from her PhD research in Queen's University Belfast, which focused on ageing in prisons.
The second presentation 'Making the invisible, visible: Social care considerations for female prisoners in Ireland through mental health law, policy, and practice insights' was given by mental health social workers, Ali Duggan and Aidan Cooney.

10th Jun 2021
Public Understanding of Coercive Control
Susan Lagdon, Julie-Ann Jordan, Ciaran Shannon, Mark Tully and Cherie Armour

This event marked the public release of the findings from the 2020 Northern Ireland (NILT) survey. The survey recorded the views of 1,292 respondents across Northern Ireland to key social policy issues.

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse also known as emotional or psychological abuse; indirect abuse; or emotional torture. In order to address the need for evidence-based knowledge to improve public awareness and victim response to coercive control, a module of questions was included in the 2020 NILT survey.

In the webinar, Dr Susan Lagdon (Ulster University) and Dr Julie-Ann Jordan (Northern Health and Social Care Trust) highlighted the key findings of these questions, and discuss public understanding of coercive control within intimate relationships. An expert panel then gave their comments, followed by a general discussion.

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