Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS)

Unlocking Benefits and Opportunities through Social Infrastructure

Dr Sharon McClements, Prof Martin Haran and Mr Andrew McErlane (Ulster) Research has established that social infrastructure provision positively influences economic growth and social development, and a review of historical spending in NI indicates an identified need to upgrade and replace social infrastructure. Yet, as the UK Government continues to implement its austerity policies, the … Read moreUnlocking Benefits and Opportunities through Social Infrastructure

Competitiveness Scorecard for NI

Mr Richard Johnston and Miss Laura Heery (Ulster) Competitiveness is a key driver in the rate of economic growth and living standards. Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) developed the Competitiveness Scorecard on behalf of the Economic Advisory Group, taking a similar approach to the Republic of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council. The Scorecard benchmarks NI’s … Read moreCompetitiveness Scorecard for NI

How should NI respond to Corporation Tax cuts in ROI and GB?

Dr Gareth Campbell (QUB) The Fresh Start Agreement committed the NI Executive to reducing the corporation tax rate in Northern Ireland to 12.5% from 2018. The intention was to make the tax rate in NI the same as in ROI, and lower than in GB. However, within the past year the Irish government has cut … Read moreHow should NI respond to Corporation Tax cuts in ROI and GB?

Morality policy under the lens – evidence based policy making on abortion versus myth-usage

Dr Fiona Bloomer (Ulster) and Dr Claire Pierson (Manchester Metropolitan University) This paper considers global trends in abortion policy using the framework of morality policy. The authors will explain how the controversy over abortion policy restricts legal reform, resulting in legislative lacunae and non-decision making. Using evidence from a British Academy funded analysis of debates … Read moreMorality policy under the lens – evidence based policy making on abortion versus myth-usage

Beyond Article 8: The European Convention on Human Rights and Abortion in Cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormality and Sexual Crime

Dr Kathryn McNeilly (QUB)In November 2015 the Northern Ireland High Court determined prohibition of abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This Article upholds the right to private and family life. While this was the only Article found … Read moreBeyond Article 8: The European Convention on Human Rights and Abortion in Cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormality and Sexual Crime

The Implications of Brexit for the Irish Border: Challenges and Options

Dr Katy Hayward (QUB)A key conundrum facing policymakers is how to realise a central ambition of the Brexit campaign (i.e. hardening the UK’s borders with the EU) without damaging the benefits currently ensured by the UK’s ‘soft’ borders with Ireland. This presentation will focus on the Irish border as the locus of this challenge – … Read moreThe Implications of Brexit for the Irish Border: Challenges and Options

EU Policy Competences after Brexit: Issues for Northern Ireland

Dr Lee McGowan and Dr Viviane Gravey (QUB) Many aspects of public policy in Northern Ireland involved an EU dimension, being shaped in Brussels and implemented locally. The return of devolved government to Northern Ireland opened up new possibilities for engagement with the EU, provided access to specific funds and gave Northern Ireland a presence … Read moreEU Policy Competences after Brexit: Issues for Northern Ireland

Opportunity Brexit? Institutional Economic Implications for Northern Ireland

Dr Graham Brownlow (QUB) The vote for Brexit has created a situation where economic policy, to a certain extent, is developing faster than textbook theory. Northern Ireland’s economic predicament is a combination of UK-wide processes, more intense forms of UK-wide problems and processes unique to the region. The speed, sequence and ‘architecture’ of regional economic … Read moreOpportunity Brexit? Institutional Economic Implications for Northern Ireland

The EU referendum Vote in Northern Ireland: Implications for our understanding of citizens’ political views and behaviour

Prof John Garry (QUB) Politics in Northern Ireland is typically dominated by the ethno-national divide between Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists. The EU referendum presents an opportunity for a major political issue to cross-cut this division, with variation in both communities on the issue of EU membership. In this presentation I use data from a … Read moreThe EU referendum Vote in Northern Ireland: Implications for our understanding of citizens’ political views and behaviour

Using the planning system to secure health and well-being benefits

Prof Geraint Ellis (QUB) The Northern Ireland planning system is now primarily seen as a mechanism for coordinating and facilitating development, with the aim of delivering opportunities for economic growth. However, in managing our built environment, it also plays a major – but often unseen – role in shaping peoples’ lives by creating (or constraining) … Read moreUsing the planning system to secure health and well-being benefits