Generating impact in the absence of government: Northern Ireland's unlevel playing field

  • Vanessa Gstrein
  • Maria Prince

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Impact assessment regimes are largely a-spatial, in that assume that the academics they assess have equal access and opportunities to influence at different scales, local, regional, national and international etc, regardless of where they are located. Taking the example of Northern Ireland, Dr Vanessa Gstrein and Maria Prince explore how the lack of functioning government has limited the role research focused on Northern Ireland can play in developing public policy in the province, and the implications this has for universities in Northern Ireland, who have to compete for research funding with other universities in the UK.


Research impact in Northern Ireland and REF 2021.

Period19 Feb 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • research impact
  • Northern Ireland
  • REF 2021