Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Newman Fellowship in Constitutional Futures
Dr Sarah Wallace received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2023 during which time she was awarded a full scholarship and held an Early Career Researcher Residency in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Her doctoral research was an in-depth qualitative study that explored the attitudes and lived experiences of members of the Good Friday Agreement generation in Northern Ireland, with specific focus on cross community relations, economic opportunities, security, and governance.
This Newman Fellowship research focuses on unionists in Northern Ireland, both in terms of their views on the reunification of Ireland, and their relationships with other unionists across Britain. This research is both timely and of critical importance given that in the last six years, Northern Ireland has faced on-going political crises and heightened societal tension as a result of Brexit and the resultant unprecedented challenges facing the Good Friday Agreement. Northern Ireland faces huge challenges both externally, with the instability of the power sharing institutions, and internally, as the conversation around the reunification of Ireland gains momentum. Therefore, detailed, balanced and accurate research must inform current and future debates and decisions regarding the constitutional future of the island of Ireland. Specifically, this research will provide a platform for unionists to have their voices heard and will ensure that their thoughts, fears, values, and hopes for the future of Northern Ireland are part of the conversation.
Dr Sarah Wallace is supervised by Dr Paul Gillespie in UCD School of Politics and International Relations at UCD Centre for Peace and Conflict Research. This Newman Fellowship is kindly supported by the Reconciliation Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.