Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from the Ground Up: Lessons from the Field in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties

March 8, 2013 - 7:00pm


Where: Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati
       3905 Eastern Ave.
When: Friday, March 8th at 7:00 pm
Description: Sandra Buchanan works as the County Coordinator for the Youthreach Program of the Department of Education in Co. Donegal. This Youth Outreach Program provides training and work experience for young people aged 15-21 who have left school early with little or no qualifications. Buchanan manages a county-wide project which embeds restorative practice into the six Youthreach Centers, fourteen second level schools, and two youth work organizations. Buchanan completed a Ph.D. at the University of Ulster in Conflict Transformation. Based on her field experience, Buchanan’s research has analyzed the effects of the International Fund for Ireland and funding provided for peacebuilding by the European Union. She has published in Irish Political Studies, Political Studies Review, and The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest. Her book, Transforming Conflict through Social and Economic Development: Practice and Policy Lessons from Northern Ireland and the Border Counties, will be published shortly by Manchester University Press.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Irish Heritage Center, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, and the following from Xavier University: the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Peace Studies, the Ireland Summer Study Abroad Program, International Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Irish Society. Major funding for Buchanan’s Talk has been provided by a Wheeler Grant at Xavier University and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation.