Attitudes to Peace Walls, 2012


In 2012 a research team based at the University of Ulster successfully applied for research funding to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister for funding to conduct research on Attitudes to Peace Walls. The aim of the research was to explore public awareness of and attitudes towards peace walls so that this information could feed into public debate and policy making. The research team was Dr Jonny Byrne, Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Professor Gillian Robinson.

The research comprised two postal surveys: one of the general population across Northern Ireland; and one of residents living close to peace lines in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.

Work began in March 2012 and the first findings were made available in a Research Report to OFMDFM in June 2012. The Research Report was then published and related materials made available online in late September 2012. This page contains links to all the materials and outputs relating to this research.

For more information on the Attitudes to Peace Walls project, you can watch a short video by Jonny Byrne.


Final report: Attitudes to Peace Walls Research Report to Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (1.15MB, pdf)

Policy brief: Peace Walls, Public Attitudes and Impact on Policy (951KB, pdf)

Tables of results

Tables of results are available, broken down by age, sex and Protestant/Catholic - see Surveys Online (SOL)

Survey materials

All materials relating to the surveys are now available:

If you wish to undertake your own analysis, the datasets are available in SPSS portable format. Please read the technical notes before undertaking any analysis, in order to find out about weighting the data.

Dissemination activities

Press release Peace Walls 'As Contentious As Ever', 26 September 2012

ARK seminar: On Tuesday 13 November 2012, the research team presented a public seminar are part of the ARK seminar series - click here to view a video recording of the event, and here to view the Powerpoint slides.


For further information on this project, please contact Dr Jonny Byrne


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