There is a wealth of research taking place that is relevant to Irish cultural policy studies. CPOI seeks to showcase the research of its members and colleagues. This page includes research stemming specifically from CPOI activities as well as research within and relevant to broader Irish cultural policy studies.

CPOI is also affiliated with the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy. The journal publishes peer reviewed research papers as well as policy reviews, practitioner perspectives, book reviews, and new research from postgraduate students.

This list is by no means comprehensive but is a start…Please get in touch with us so that we can engage with your work.

Festivals Research

The Irish Arts Festivals Archive at UCD captures and preserves the rich and diverse landscape of festivals held across Ireland. The IAFA  mission statement is to develop IAFA as a vibrant resource for festivals and festival research by housing the material records and oral histories of Irish arts festivals and by supporting the development of contemporary festival practice through creative collaborations, critical reflections and advocacy.


Special Issue on Irish cultural policy in Cultural Trends. (Victoria Durrer and Kerry McCall). Since 1989, Cultural Trends has been an important space that brings together and showcases empirically grounded research on cultural policy with a particular focus on arts, culture, heritage and media. The critical consideration and investigation of cultural policy on the island of Ireland has long been missing from international debates and discussion.This Special Issue has presented an opportunity to review how researchers across different disciplines approach and understand culture as a distinct area of public policy in Ireland.

Special Issue: Exploring Cross Border Cultural Policy in Practice for the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy. (Victoria Durrer, Jordana Corrigan, and Ronaldo Munck). This issue outlines the importance of considering cultural policy on the island of Ireland in a cross-border context and reflects on learning gained from an event on the subject co-organised by Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, the Social Innovation Network and Dublin City University at The Garage Theatre in Monaghan in November 2018.

We also draw your attention to the online event recordings for different gatherings as well as these thematic overviews from our launch event. 

Space and Place 
Dr. Philip Boland, Lecturer in Planning, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast; Dr. Annmarie Ryan, Lecturer in Business Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick; Dr. Paul Stapleton, Senior Lecturer, Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast; Invited Question from the Floor: Pat Cooke, Course Director, MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management, University College Dublin.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.

Work and Employment
Prof. James Wickham, Lead Researcher, ‘Working Conditions in Ireland Project’, TASC; Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences(retired), Trinity College Dublin; Dr. Patrick Collins, Lecturer, School of Geography & Archaeology, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway; Dr. Nat O’Connor, Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, Ulster University; Dr. Matt Jennings, Lecturer in Drama, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Ulster University (Magee Campus); Invited Question from the Floor: Alex Davis, Manager, Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation, representing Visual Artists Ireland.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.


Dr. Michael Pierse, Research Fellow, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queens University; Belfast Dr. Anca Minescu, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick; Dr. Dirk Schubotz, Lecturer, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College, Dublin.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.


Dr. Patricia Flynn, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Research, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra; Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, School of Creative Arts, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Peter Doran, Lecturer in Politics, School of Law, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Ronaldo Munck, Head of Civic and Global Engagement, Dublin City University, Visiting Professor of International Development at the University of Liverpool and St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.


Sector Based Resources and Research

The following websites have a wealth of research, guidelines and policy documents from which to draw:

Arts in Education:
Arts and Health:
National Campaign for the Arts:
Arts Council Ireland:
Arts & Disability Ireland:
Creative Ireland:

Northern Ireland Assembly Committee on Culture, Arts and Leisure:

Irish Cultural Policy Overview

Arts Council (2015), Making Great Art Work, Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland, Arts Council Strategy (2016-2025). Available at:

Cooke, P. (2021). The Politics and Polemics of Culture in Ireland, 1800–2010. Routledge.  

Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland is an all island research network with events regarding cultural policy research in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Compendium: Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe , a resource providing extremely useful summaries of national cultural policy throughout the EU however. Country profiles also include information on Creative / Culture Industries, Professional Artists, Arts Education, and Amateur Arts.

Bodkin, T. (1949) Report on the Arts in Ireland, Dublin: Stationery Office.

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (2015), Culture 2025, Discussion Document. Available at: 

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2020), Culture 2025 – Éire Ildánach, A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025. Available at: 

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2016), Culture 2025 – Éire Ildánach, A Framework Policy to 2025. Available at: nt.pdf 

Department of the Taoiseach (2018) Global Ireland: Ireland’s global footprint to 2025. Dublin: 

Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved from globaldiaspora/Global -Ireland-in-English.pdf 

Durrer, V., & Magan, K. M. (2017). Cultural policymaking and research on the Island of Ireland, Cultural Trends, 26:3, 189-194 

Hull, D. (2010) DCAL’s Arms-Length Bodies, Paper 130/10, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. Available at: [Accessed 09/08/2015]

Joint Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2017), Report on Culture 2025 – Éire Ildánach, Framework Policy to 2025. Available at: gional_rural_and_gaeltacht_affairs/reports/2017/2017-07-19_report-on-culture-2025-eire- ildanach-framework-policy-to-2025_en.pdf 

Kennedy, B. P. (1989). Dreams and Responsibilities. Dublin: The Arts Council. Available at:

Kenny, A. (2016). Communities of Musical Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.

Emily Mark-FitzGerald, ‘Known unknowns: research on Irish museums since 2008’, Cultural Trends, 26:3, 2017, 195-215. Especially: p. 195-203; 211-12. 

McGrath, A. (2014). The Irish Dancing: Cultural Politics and Identities, 1900-2000.

O’Neill, B. (2000). Lifting the veil’: the arts, broadcasting and Irish society. Media, Culture & Society, 22(6), 763-785.

Quinn, R. B. M. (1998). Public policy and the arts: a comparative study of Great Britain and Ireland. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Ramsay, P. and Waterhouse-Bradley. B. “Cultural Policy in Northern Ireland: Making Cultural Policy for a Divided Society”, in The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. London: Routledge, 2018, p. 195-211. 

Policy Reviews 

Rush, K. (2018/19). POLICY REVIEW: Creative Ireland. Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, 7: pp. 13-18. Available at:

Hadley, S., Collins, P., & O’Brien, M. (2020). Culture 2025 A National Cultural Policy Framework for Ireland. Cultural Trends, 1-15.

Moynihan, M. (2019/20). POLICY REVIEW: In Diversity is Strength – Equality, Human Rights and Diversity in the Arts. Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, 7: pp. 5- 19. Available at:

See also the Policy Reviews Section of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Policy and Politics

Birrell, D. & Murie, A. (1980) Policy and Government in Northern Ireland: Lessons of Devolution (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan). 

Carmichael, Paul. “The Northern Ireland civil service: characteristics and trends since 1970.” Public Administration 80, no. 1 (2002): 23-49.

Carmichael, P. (2002). British governance in transition: a case study of the Northern Ireland civil service. International Journal of Public Administration,25(8), 975-1005.

Coakley, J. and Gallagher, M. (eds.) (2018) Politics in the Republic of Ireland, 6th edition, London: Routledge

Ferris, T. (2015). Reflections on the public policy process in Ireland. Administration, 62 (4): 87–106. 

Knox, C. (2009) The Politics of Local Government Reform in Northern Ireland, Local Government Studies, 35:4, 435-455 

Knox, C. (2015) ‘Sharing power and fragmenting public services: complex government in Northern Ireland’, Public Money & Management, 35(1), pp. 23-30. 

Tomlinson, M., and Kelly, G. (2013). Is everybody happy? The politics and measurement of national wellbeing. Policy & Politics, 41(2), pp. 139-157.

Culture, Identity and Nationhood

Ashworth, G. J. (2017). Senses of place: Senses of time. Routledge.

Collins, T. (2017). ‘Take off yer boots’: Céilí Bands, 2RN and Sounding the Nation The Irish Review, 54. pp. 23-33. ISSN 07907850 (Available from Tori)

Cronin, Nessa and Till, Karen (2017) Embodied Geographies of the Nation: An Introduction. The Irish Review, 54. pp. 1-7. ISSN 07907850. Available at:

Cullen, F. (2012). Ireland on show: art, union, and nationhood. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..

Jordan, E. (2017). Multiple Class Consciousnesses in Writings for Theatre During the Celtic Tiger Era’. The Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing, 378-396.

Matthews, P. J. (2002). A battle of two civilizations?: DP Moran and William Rooney. The Irish Review (1986-), (29), 22-37.

Pierse, M. (Ed.). (2017). A History of Irish Working-class Writing. Cambridge University Press.

Pierse, M. (2020). Ireland’s Working-Class Literature: Neglected Themes, Amphibian Academics, and the Challenges Ahead. Irish University Review, 50(1), 67-81.

Rooney, B. (Ed.). (2016). Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art. Irish Academic Press.

Trew, J. D., & Pierse, M. (Eds.). (2018). Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After The Gathering. Springer.


Carew, M. (2008). The glamour of ancient greatness. Archaeology Ireland, 22(1), 20-22.

Cooke, P. (2012). The National Museum of Ireland: An ideological history. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, The, 12, 70.

Elizabeth Crooke, ‘Confronting a Troubled History: which past in Northern Ireland’s museums?’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 7:2, 2001, 119-136 

Crooke, E. (2016). Artefacts as Agents for Change: Commemoration and Exchange via Material Culture. Irish Political Studies, 31(1), 86.

Urban Development and Regeneration

Collins, P. (2020). Who makes the city? The evolution of Galway city. Administration, 68(2), 59-78.

Coyles, D. (2013) ‘Reflections on Titanic Quarter: the cultural and material legacy of an historic Belfast brand’, The Journal of Architecture, 18(3), pp. 331-363.

Cronin, N. (2017). Archaeologies of the Future: Landscapes of the ‘New Ireland’ in Gerard Donovan’s Country of the Grand, The Irish Review, 54. pp. ???. ISSN 07907850

Hanna, E., & Butler, R. (2019). Irish urban history: an agenda. Urban History, 46(1), 2-9.

Kayanan, C. M., Eichenmüller, C., & Chambers, J. (2018). Silicon slipways and slippery slopes: techno-rationality and the reinvigoration of neoliberal logics in the Dublin Docklands. Space and Polity, 22(1), 50-66.

Lawton, P. (2016). Rethinking the liveable city in a post boom-time Ireland. In C. Crowley and D. Linehan, (eds.). Spacing Ireland. Manchester University Press, pp. 102-115

Lawton, P., Murphy, E., & Redmond, D. (2010). Examining the role of’creative class’ ideas in urban and economic policy formation: the case of Dublin, Ireland. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1(4), 267-286.

Linehan, D. (2016). ‘The centre of everything’: Ireland at the Dundrum Town Centre. In Defining events. Manchester University Press.

McManus, C., and Carruthers, C. (2014) “Cultural quarters and urban regeneration – the case of Cathedral Quarter Belfast”, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 20(1), pp. 78-98.

Murphy, E., Fox‐Rogers, L., & Redmond, D. (2015). Location Decision Making of “Creative” Industries: The Media and Computer Game Sectors in D ublin, I reland. Growth and Change, 46(1), 97-113.

O’Callaghan, C., & Linehan, D. (2007). Identity, politics and conflict in dockland development in Cork, Ireland: European Capital of Culture 2005. Cities, 24(4), 311-323.

O’Callaghan, C. (2012). Urban anxieties and creative tensions in the European Capital of Culture 2005:‘It couldn’t just be about Cork, like’. International journal of cultural policy, 18(2), 185-204.

O’Callaghan, C. (2016). Ghost estates: spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA. In C. Crowley and D. Linehan, (eds.). Spacing Ireland. Manchester University Press, pp. 17-31.

Scott, M., Parkinson, A., Waldron, R., & Redmond, D. (2020). Planning for historic urban environments under austerity conditions: Insights from post-crash Ireland. Cities, 103, 102788.

Local / Place

Adams, P. C., Hoelscher, S. D., & Till, K. E. (Eds.). (2001). Textures of place: Exploring humanist geographies. U of Minnesota Press.

Birrell, D. (2007) The role of local government in the review of public administration in Northern Ireland: the challenges of enhancement, devolution and modernization, Local Government Studies, 33(5), pp.657–676. 

Carville, J. (2017). Lifeworlds at the edge of Europe: photography, place and ireland in the new millennium. Journal of European Studies, 47(4), 426-446.

Hocking, B. T. (2015). The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space, and the Symbolic Landscapes of a’New’Northern Ireland (Vol. 4). Berghahn Books.

Indecon. 2017. Local Authority Arts Service Research Project. Fingal County Arts Office, Kildare Arts Office, Leitrim Arts Office and Limerick City and County Arts Office. Available at:  

Lew, A. A. (2017). Tourism planning and place making: place-making or placemaking?. Tourism Geographies, 19(3), 448-466.

Shortall S, Brown LD. Thinking About Rural Inequalities as a Cross-National Research Project. Journal of Rural Studies 2019, 68, 213-218.

Smith, E., & Workman, S. (Eds.). (2018). Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.

Impact / Evidence

DEVINE, A; BOLUK, K; DEVINE, F. Reimaging a post-conflict country through events – lessons from Northern Ireland. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events. 9, 3, 264, Nov. 2017. ISSN: 19407963.

Durrer, V., & Grant, D. (2020). Collapsing time: LGBTQ+ rights in Northern Ireland, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe. Scene8(1-2), 105-120.

Indecon (2011) Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland, an update report – 2011. Available at: 

Jennings, M., & Baldwin, A. (2010). “Filling out the Forms was a Nightmare”: Project evaluation and the reflective practitioner in community theatre in contemporary Northern Ireland. Music and Arts in Action, 2(2), 72-89

O’Hagan, J. (2016). Objectives of arts funding agencies often do not map well on to societal benefits. Cultural Trends, 25(4), 249-262.

Cultural Participation 

Durrer, V., Kelly, G., McKnight, M., & Schubotz, D. (2020). Exploring young people’s understanding of culture: a study from Northern Ireland. Cultural Trends, 29(1), 4-18.

McCall Magan, K. (2019). Exploring cultural capital in Dublin’s urban privileged class (Doctoral dissertation, Goldsmiths, University of London). Available at:

O’Hagan, J. W. (1996). Access to and participation in the arts: the case of those with low incomes/educational attainment. Journal of cultural economics, 20(4), 269-282.

O’Hagan, J. (2016). European statistics on cultural participation and their international comparability. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22(2), 291-303.

O’Shea, E., & Ní Léime, Á. (2012). The impact of the Bealtaine arts programme on the quality of life, wellbeing and social interaction of older people in Ireland. Ageing & Society.

Children, Young People and Education

Brady, B., Kennan, D., Forkan, C., Tierney, E., Jackson, R., & Holloway, R. (2019). The participation of children and young people in care: insights from an analysis of national inspection reports in the Republic of Ireland. Child Care in Practice, 25(1), 22-36.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs (2014). Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The national policy framework for children & young people 2014 – 2020. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Available at:

Durrer, V. (2011). Rethinking local government support for youth arts: The case of NOISE South Dublin. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 41(1), 55-75.

Durrer, V. (2011). Treading Water. Tallaght: South Dublin County Council. Available at:  

Durrer, V. (2011) Youth-led practice within youth arts: Toward an understanding of the terms and conditions. [online] Available at

Durrer, V., Kelly, G., McKnight, M., & Schubotz, D. (2020). Exploring young people’s understanding of culture: a study from Northern Ireland. Cultural Trends, 29(1), 4-18.

Hamilton, M., & Deegan, J. (2019). Girls’ friendships as habitus in an elite, middle-class secondary school in Ireland. Journal of Youth Studies, 22(7), 1000-1016.

Kenny, A. & Morrissey, D. (2016) Exploring Teacher-Artist Partnership as a Model of CPD for supporting and enhancing Arts Education in Ireland. Dublin: ATECI. Available at:

Kenny, A. (2018). Voice of Ireland? Children and music within asylum seeker accommodation. Research Studies in Music Education, 40(2), 211-225.

Lewis, T. (2013) “Challenging the Literacy of ‘Literacy and Numeracy’: The Potential for Film and Moving Image Media in the Irish Educational Landscape”, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, 1(1), pp. 40 – 53. Available at: [Accessed 09/09/2014]

Moran, L., Brady, B., Forkan, C., & Coen, L. (2018). ‘Individual and connected’: an exploration of young people’s discourses about youth cafes in Ireland. Journal of Youth Studies, 21(8), 1127-1139.

Silke, C., Brady, B., Dolan, P., & Boylan, C. (2020). Social values and civic behaviour among youth in Ireland: The influence of social contexts. Irish Journal of Sociology, 28(1), 44-64.

Smyth, E. (2016). Arts and cultural participation among children and young people: insights from the growing up in Ireland study. Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Research Series.

Creative Industries 

Audiovisual Strategic Review Steering Group (2011), Creative Capital: Building Ireland’s Audiovisual Creative Economy. Available at: 

Collins, Patrick, Marie Mahon, and Aisling Murtagh. “Creative industries and the creative economy of the West of Ireland: evidence of sustainable change?.” Creative Industries Journal11.1 (2018): 70-86.

Hull, D. (2011) The Creative Industries: Background, definitions and recent policy development, Paper 93/11, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. Available at:[Accessed 09/08/2015]

Olsberg-SPI (2017), Economic Analysis of the Audiovisual Sector in the Republic of Ireland. Available at: 

Power, D., & Collins, P. (2021). Peripheral visions: the film and television industry in Galway, Ireland. Industry and Innovation, 1-25.

Culture and the Economy 

Boyle, M. (2006) ‘Culture in the rise of tiger economies: Scottish expatriates in Dublin and the ‘creative class’ thesis’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30(2), pp. 403–426.

Durkan, J. (1994). The economics of the arts in Ireland. An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council. Available at:

Kitchin, R., O’Callaghan, C., Boyle, M., Gleeson, J., & Keaveney, K. (2012). Placing neoliberalism: the rise and fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger. Environment and Planning A, 44(6), 1302-1326.

Negra, D., & McIntyre, A. P. (2020). Ireland Inc.: The corporatization of affective life in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(1), 60-80.

Cultural Labour / Work and Training 

Arts Council (2005), Study of the Socio-Economic Conditions of Theatre Practitioners in Ireland. Available at: /Theatre/theatre_socio_study.pdf 

Bell, L. (2015), An Overview of the Performing Arts Scene in Ireland. Available at:

Ecologies of cultural production: 

Bobek, A., Wickham, J, & Pembroke, S. (2017) Social Implications of Precarious Work Project: Mapping precarious work in Ireland: a preliminary sectoral analysis. Dulin: Tasc. Available at:

Bobek, A., Pembroke, S., & Wickham, J. (2020). Living in precarious housing: non-standard employment and housing careers of young professionals in Ireland. Housing Studies, 1-24.

FitzGibbon, A. & Tsioulakis, I. (2020) Performing artists in the age of COVID19, QUB Policy & Engagement, Queen’s University Belfast

Goff, L. (2020). Irish Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. Estudios Irlandeses, (15), 281-283.

Central Statistics Office (2018), Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly. Available at: nalq32018preliminaryestimates/ 

Dublin City Council Artist Workspace Surveys and Reports:

EWA (2015), Where Are the Women Directors? Report on Gender Equality for Directors in the European Film Industry 2006-2013. Available at: content/uploads/2018/09/Complete-report_compressed.pdf 

EY (2020)  Employment and Economic Impact Assessment of Covid-19 on the Arts Sector in Ireland. Dublin: Arts Council Ireland. Available at:  

FERA (2019), Behind the Screens, European Survey on the Remuneration of Audiovisual Authors. Available at: remuneration-study-2019_FINAL.pdf. 

Irish Film Board (2016), 2016 Gender Statistics Production and Development Funding. Available at: on__Development).pdf 

Irish Theatre Forum (2019), Review of Pay and Conditions in the Performing Arts in 2018. Available at: Performing-Arts-in-2018-draft.pdf 

Kerrigan, P., & O’Brien, A. (2018). “Openness through Sound”: Dualcasting on Irish LGBT Radio. Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 25(2), 224-239.

Kerrigan, P., & O’Brien, A. (2020). Camping it up and toning it down: gay and lesbian sexual identity in media work. Media, Culture & Society, 0163443720908149.

Lajoie, A., O’Neill, N., West, T., and McCabe, S. (2020) Stories of the Pandemic: COVID-19 and Job Loss in Ireland, Dublin: TASC. Available at:

Liddy, S. (2016). “Open to all and everybody”? The Irish Film Board: accounting for the scarcity of women screenwriters. Feminist Media Studies, 16(5), 901-917.

Liddy, S. (2020). Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers. Cork University Press.

Liddy, S. (2020). The Road to 5050: Gender Equality and the Irish Film Industry. In Women in the International Film Industry(pp. 77-95). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

McAndrew, C., and McKimm, C. (2010) The Living and Working Conditions of Artists in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Dublin / Belfast: The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Available at: [Accessed 09/08/2015]

O’Brien, A. (2019). Women, Inequality and Media Work. Routledge.

O’Brien, A., & Kerrigan, P. (2020). Work Story: New Entrants’ Narrations of Their Aspirations and Experiences of Media Production Work. In Pathways into Creative Working Lives(pp. 49-66). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

O’Brien, A., & Kerrigan, P. (2020). Gay the right way? Roles and routines of Irish media production among gay and lesbian workers. European Journal of Communication, 0267323120903684.

O’Brien, Anne.  (2014). “‘Men own television’: why women leave media work.” Media, Culture & Society 36(8): 1207-1218.

O’Brien, A. (2015). Producing television and reproducing gender. Television & New Media, 16(3), 259-274.

O’Brien, A. (2019). Women in community radio: a framework of gendered participation. Feminist Media Studies, 19(6), 787-802.

O’Hagan, John, Denis Murphy, and Ruth Barton. “Do state funding, geographic location, and networks matter? The case of prominent Irish actors, directors and writers.” Cultural Trends (2020): 1-19.

Perry, Majella. “An exploratory study of the career development of performing arts professionals in Ireland.” (2018).

Randaccio, M. (2020). Disability Theatre in Ireland: A Development. Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 10(10), 153-164.

Wickham, J. J. R., & Bobek, A. (2017). Enforced Flexibility?: Working in Ireland Today. Dublin: TASC.

Léime, Á. N., & Street, D. (2019). Working later in the USA and Ireland: implications for precariously and securely employed women. Ageing & Society, 39(10), 2194-2218.


McDonagh, R. (2018). The Making of Mainstream. In The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance (pp. 435-441). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

McDonagh, R. (2019). From shame to pride: the politics of disabled traveller identity (Doctoral dissertation, University of Northumbria at Newcastle (United Kingdom)). Available at:

O’Reilly, K. (Ed.). (2007). Face On: Disability Arts in Ireland and Beyond. Dublin: Arts and Disability Ireland Available at:

Randaccio, M. (2020). Disability Theatre in Ireland: A Development. Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 10(10), 153-164.

Immigration and Race 

Joseph, E. (2020). Critical race theory and inequality in the labour market. In Critical race theory and inequality in the labour market. Manchester University Press.

Joseph, E. (2019). Discrimination against credentials in Black bodies: counterstories of the characteristic labour market experiences of migrants in Ireland. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 47(4), 524-542.

Joseph, E. (2018). Whiteness and racism: Examining the racial order in Ireland. Irish Journal of Sociology, 26(1), 46-70.

Wakely, R. (2013) Research Report into the practices of professional artists from immigrant, new communities and traveller backgrounds, Dublin: South Dublin County Council.
Available at:
[Accessed 09/08/2015]

Events / Festivals 

Collins, P. (2020). And the winner is… Galway: a cultural anatomy of a winning designate. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 26(5), 633-648.

Quinn, B. (2005) ‘Arts festivals and the city’, Urban Studies, 42(5/6), pp. 927-944.

Quinn, B (1996a), ‘Re-thinking Arts Festival Policy in Ireland’, European Journal of Cultural Policy, 3(3), pp. 91-107.

Quinn, B (2000b). ‘Whose festival? Whose place? An insight into the production of cultural meanings in arts festivals turned festival attractions’ in Robinson, M., Evans, N. and Callaghan, P. (eds.) Expressions of Culture, Identity and Meaning in Tourism, Centre for Travel and Tourism Research /Business Education Publishers Ltd. Sunderland, UK.

Quinn, B. (2006) Arts festivals and sustainable development in Ireland, Journal of Sustainable Tourism 14(3), pp. 288-306.

Quinn, B (2005), Changing festival places: insights from Galway. Social and Cultural Geography, 6(2), pp.  237-252.

Quinn, B. (2003a) ‘Symbols, practices and myth-making: cultural perspectives on the Wexford Opera Festival’, Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism, Space, Place and Environment, 5(3), pp. 329 – 349.

Quinn, B (2003b). ‘Shaping tourism places: agency and interconnections in festival settings’, in O’Connor, B. and Cronin, M. (eds.), Irish Tourism: Image, Culture and Identity UK: Channel View Publications.

Teevan, D. (2020). Digital needs?: supporting arts festivals’ transition to programming a blend of live and digital experiences. Cultural management and policy in a post-digital world–navigating uncertainty, 129 – 146. Available at:


Cronin, M., & O’Connor, B. (Eds.). (2003). Irish tourism: Image, culture and identity (Vol. 1). Channel View Publications. (UCD ebook) 

Quinn, B (1996b), ‘The sounds of tourism: exploring music as a tourist resource’, in Robinson, M., Evans, N. and Callaghan, P. (eds.) Tourism and Culture, Towards the 21st Century: Culture as the Tourist Product, Centre for Travel and Tourism Research /Business Education Publishers Ltd. Sunderland, UK.

Quinn, B (2000a), ‘Commodifying culture to sell places – an insight into the branding of places as festival places’, in Ruddy, J. and Flanagan, S. (eds.), Tourism Destination Marketing: Gaining the Competitive, Tourism Research Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Peillon, M., & Slater, E. (Eds.). (1998). Encounters with Modern Ireland: A Sociological Chronicle, 1995-1996 (Vol. 1). Institute of Public Administration.

International Exchange and Cultural Diplomacy 

Carew, M. (2013) “Towards Creative Europe: Irish Performing Arts Organisations and the EU Culture Programme”, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, 1(1), pp. 5 – 16. Available at: [Accessed 09/09/2014]

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Archives of Ireland and was established in 1997. The project publishes essential source material for anyone interested in the development of Irish foreign policy since 1919.

Gibney, J. (2020) ‘Mobilise the poets’: the origins of Irish cultural diplomacy, Royal Irish Academy [online], 10 August. Available at:[Accessed 9 Nov 2020]

Gibney, J., Kennedy, M., O’Malley, K. (2019) Ireland: a voice among the nations. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. 

Stone, D., & Douglas, E. (2018). Advance diaspora diplomacy in a networked world. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 24(6), 710-723.

Cross Border

Arthurs, P. (2015). The local authority-led cross-border groups: An early example of cross-border best practice along the Ireland/Northern Ireland border area? The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland, 10, 8-19. 

Aughey, Arthur and Gormely-Heenan, Cathy (2011). The Anglo-Irish agreement: Rethinking Its legacy. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 

Buttazzoni, M. (2016). Brexit and the Northern Irish borderlands: Fragile progress moving towards disintegration. Borders in Globalisation Research Project 49. Retrieved from buttazzoni.pdf 

Centre for Cross Border Studies (2020). Centre for Cross Border Studies publications. Retrieved from http://crossborde r.i e/publi cations/ccbs -publ icati ons/ 

Crooke, E. & O’Kelly, G. (2018). Brexit and the museum sector in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: The potential impact and recommendations for the future. Dublin: Irish Museums Association. Retrieved from BrexMusIrel_report_21Feb18_web.pdf 

Durrer, V., Corrigan, J. & Munck, R. (Eds.) (2019). Exploring cross-border cultural policy in practice. Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy , 6, 2-22. And the rest of this special issue, available at:

EU Borderscapes (2016). Bordering, political landscapes and social arenas: Potentials and challenges of evolving border concepts in a post-cold war world, Final Report WP 1. Joensuu: Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland. 

Greer, J. (2002). Developing trans-jurisdictional tourism partnerships – insights from the island of Ireland. Tourism Management, 23(4), 355-366. 

Hayward, K. (2007). Mediating the European ideal: Cross‐border programmes and conflict resolution on the island of Ireland. Journal of Common Market Studies, 45(3), 675-693.

McCall, C. (2011). Culture and the Irish border: Spaces for conflict transformation. Cooperation and Conflict, 46(2), 201-221. 

McCall, C. (2014). The European Union and peacebuilding: The cross-border dimension. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

McCall, C. & O’Dowd, L. (2008). Hanging flower baskets, blowing in the wind? Third sector groups, cross-border partnerships and the EU peace programmes in Ireland. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14(1), 29-54. 

Teague, P. & Henderson, J. (2006). The Belfast agreement and cross-border economic cooperation in the tourism industry. Regional Studies, 40(9), 1083-1096.

Ward, J., Silberman, M., & Till, K. E. (Eds.). (2012). Walls, borders, boundaries: Spatial and cultural practices in Europe(Vol. 4). Berghahn Books.


Brexit Reading List:

Department for Exiting the European Union (2018). Technical explanatory note: North-South cooperation mapping exercise, December. London: Department for Exiting the European Union. Retrieved from south-cooperation-mapping-exercise 

Gormley-Heenan, C. & Aughey, A. (2017). Northern Ireland and Brexit: Three effects on ‘the border in the mind’. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (3), 497-511. 

Hayward, K. (2018). The pivotal position of the Irish border in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Space and Polity, 22(2), 238-254. 

UK Creative Industries Federation (2016). The impact of leaving the EU on the UK’s creative industries. Retrieved from uks-creative-industries 

McCall, C. (2018). Brexit, bordering and bodies on the island of Ireland. Ethnopolitics, 17(3), 292-305.