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Dr Heidi Riley is a researcher working on the sixth Peace Monitoring Report. Heidi's primary research area is in gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on masculinity in non-state armed groups. She has also worked extensively on research and policy relating to United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and has conducted research into women's inclusions and exclusions in peace mediation and negotiations.

Heidi was formerly a lecturer in peace and conflict studies at University College Dublin and is the author of the forthcoming book Rethinking Masculinities: Ideology, Identity and Change in the People's War in Nepal.

Sinead Grant

Sinead works as part of the ARK team within her role as clerical assistant in the School of Applied Social and Policy Science at Ulster University.

Nicholas Whyte
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Adrian Grant is a Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University and is currently the CAIN Transformation Project Lead. His current research focuses on the everyday experience of conflict and division in urban settings. Much of his work focuses on the conflict in, and about, Northern Ireland. He has worked extensively in research on the legacy of conflict, particularly on the role of oral history and urban policy in addressing division.

Professor Ann Marie Gray

Ann Marie Gray is Co-Director of ARK, and Professor of Social Policy in Ulster University. Her research interests are in the area of health and social care policy, policy making in Northern Ireland, gender and social policy and social attitudes.

Martin Melaugh

Dr Martin Melaugh is Director of CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet; cain.ulst.ac.uk). CAIN is an associated project of INCORE and ARK. Martin previously worked in the Centre for the Study of Conflict at the University of Ulster.

Brendan Lynn

Dr Lynn is Deputy Director of Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). A graduate of the University of Ulster, he has taught history at the same university and at Queen's University Belfast.

He worked on the Dictionary of Irish Biography and has written extensively on developments in nationalist politics in Northern Ireland since 1945

Goretti Horgan

Goretti Horgan is Policy Director of ARK, and a senior lecturer in Social Policy at Ulster University. Her research interests are child rights and women’s rights, especially child poverty, welfare reform and poverty among disabled people.

Gillian Robinson

Gillian Robinson is Emeritus Professor of Social Research and ARK Associate at Ulster University. Based in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Gillian worked with colleagues to establish ARK as a cross-university resource (with Queen’s University Belfast) providing access to social and political information on Northern Ireland in 2000.  She has been involved in the monitoring of social attitudes in Northern Ireland since 1989 and was co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey series. She led the ARK Ageing Programme at Ulster University.

Gillian co-ordinated the Accounts of the Conflict project www.ulster.ac.uk/accounts, a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. This archive is a valuable new addition to the CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet cain.ulster.ac.uk ) web resource. Gillian worked closely with INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute www.ulster.ac.uk/incore) where she was Director 2003-2008.

Her research interests include peace monitoring, social attitudes, gender roles, policy development in transition and research methodology including issues around researching violent societies and comparative methods.  She has published extensively on these issues and has led teams that have developed over 40 online publicly accessible databases. She is the 2003 Eisenhower Fellow from Northern Ireland.

Mike McCool

Mike was employed as Research Assistant on the Ulysses Project from 1990-93 based at Magee after finishing his first degree.

He was then employed by the Faculty of Engineering as a Computer Officer and subsequently seconded to the Interactive Systems Centre (ISC from 1993-97 as Research Officer/ICT Manager on the TALENT Project at Magee.

In 1997 he was seconded to INCORE/ARK until 2007 when he was made permanent as ICT Manager.

He has published over the years and his main roles consist of system administration (Unix), database administration, web site design/development, graphic/multimedia design, A/V production, systems programming and provides a supporting role to his colleagues.

He is currently working on several projects for INCORE, ARK and CAIN.