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

05th Jun 2021
CAIN as a Resource for Research and Teaching The Troubles
Robert Savage, Timothy McMahon, Dominic Bryan and Rachael Young

This roundtable presentation was organised and chaired by Professor Robert Savage (Director of the Boston College Irish Studies Program) as part of the 2021 American Conference for Irish Studies. The speakers were Timothy McMahon (Marquette University), Dominic Bryan (Queen's University Belfast) and Rachael Young (Boston College).

The event is an activity of the CAIN Associate Programme.

22nd Apr 2021
PRONI and CAIN: Using Conflict Archives
David Huddleston

This webinar on 22 April 2021 explored the links between the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet).   The event was the first activity of the CAIN Associate Programme.

12th Mar 2021
Age as the new class war? Contemporary representations of intergenerational inequity
Susan Pickard (University of Liverpool) and Angel Leira Pernas (ARK Ageing Programme)

This event on 12 March 2021 was held as part of National Intergenerational Week.  The main presentation was given by Professor Susan Pickard (University of Liverpool), with a response from Angel Leira Pernas (PhD student on the ARK Ageing programme).  The event was chaired by Dr. Gemma Carney (ARK).

25th Feb 2021
Tackling Gender Inequalities: the Role of Gender Budgeting
Katrina Godfrey (Permanent Secretary, Department of Infrastructure), Joan Ballantine (Ulster University) and Michelle Rousse (Ulster University)

This event on 25 February 2021 provided an opportunity to hear the results of the Exploring the Potential of Gender Budgeting for Northern Ireland project.  Funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the project was undertaken by Ulster University in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

17th Feb 2021
Hearing Hidden Voices: Older victims of domestic abuse
Elizabeth Martin (Queen's University Belfast) and Rebecca Zerk (Dewis Choice)

This event on 17 February 2021 focused on issues faced by older women who are victims of domestic abuse, giving this very hidden population a voice. In particular, the webinar highlighted the barriers these women face in accessing help.

The speakers were Dr Elizabeth Martin (QUB) who discussed findings from her PhD research, and Rebecca Zerk (Research Project Manager, Dewi's Choice). The Chair was Professor John Devaney (University of Edinburgh).

The event was supported by the British Society of Gerontology.

27th Jan 2021
Black Lives Matter? Attitudes to minorities and migrants in Northern Ireland
Lucy Michael and Raquel McKee

This event on 17 January 2021 explored public attitudes to minorities and migrants in Northern Ireland, using data from the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey and Young Life and Times survey.  The presenter was Lucy Michael, followed by a response by Raquel McKee (African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland).

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09th Dec 2020
Public attitudes to breastfeeding in Northern Ireland
Marlene Sinclair, Julie McCullough, Rachel Black and Paul Slater

Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the United Kingdom.  In this seminar on 9 December 2020, findings from the 2019 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey and the 2019 Young Life and Times survey gave an insight into public attitudes to breastfeeding. The speakers were Marlene Sinclair, Julie McCullough, Rachel Black and Paul Slater.

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30th Nov 2020
'Days Like This' – Reflections on President Clinton’s Visit to NI, 1995

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and ARK hosted a webinar to mark the 25th Anniversary of the visit of President Clinton to Northern Ireland.

An expert panel considered the background to the visit and used archival sources, as well as first-hand accounts, to explore and reflect on President Clinton's visit and its legacy.  The panel comprised Professor Paul Arthur (Honorary Professor, UU), Dr Brendan Lynn (UU and CAIN), Ambassador (retired) and Kathleen Stephens (US Consul General Belfast, 1995-98), and was chaired by Peter Osborne (currently Chair of the ARK Advisory Board).

27th Nov 2020
Poverty activism in Northern Ireland
Ann Marie Gray, Bronagh Hinds, Martina McAuley, Ciara Fitzpatrick and Ryan Shaw

This event provided an opportunity to hear from some of those involved in poverty activism from the grassroots to the international level. Northern Ireland has a long experience of poverty activism and community self help while maintaining a focus on the structural dimension of poverty. The event focused on experiences of poverty activism, at what was achieved and how that learning can inform the response to persistent and new challenges.

17th Jun 2020
Attitudes towards Irish unification in Northern Ireland after Brexit
Katy Hayward, Ben Rosher and Milena Komarova

2019 Life and Times Survey Results Launch

This webinar marks the release of the results of the 2019 Northern Ireland Life & Times survey (

There has been a lot of speculation about what Brexit means for the prospects of Irish unification. Although the future looks more uncertain than ever, one thing we can be sure of is that Irish unity will not happen without a referendum in Northern Ireland in which a majority of people vote in favour of such a change. For this reason, public attitudes here are important.The NI Life & Times (NILT) Survey has proven a useful tool for tracking changes (and continuities) over time in the political attitudes and identities of people in Northern Ireland.

In this webinar, Dr Katy Hayward, Dr Milena Komarova and Ben Rosher (Queen’s University Belfast) discuss the results of new questions on the topic of Irish unification, in part to see what could potentially make a difference in changing those attitudes either for or against. These results are considered in light of previous NILT results and the changing context for Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit future.