Betty Healy

Betty Healy, (PhD Researcher)

Personal profile


As a first-year Ph.D. researcher at Ulster University, my focus lies on the post-Brexit landscape in Northern Ireland, specifically examining Unionism, Identity, and Citizenship. This research aims to unravel the socio-political dynamics in the aftermath of Brexit, offering insights into the evolving challenges and transformations in the region. I am passionate about contributing to the academic discourse on these crucial topics and look forward to making meaningful contributions in understanding the contemporary Northern Irish landscape.

PhD Researcher Profile

Project title: 

Unionism, Identity and Citizenship in a Twenty-First Century Northern Ireland: Brexit, Young People and the Changing Geographies of the Island of Ireland

Research Interests

I am dedicated to unraveling the complexity of human geography, my research interests revolve around the dynamic interplay of conflict, citizenship, and identity. With a primary focus on Northern Ireland and the profound implications of Brexit, I am deeply committed to understanding how these factors shape societal narratives. Exploring gender identity within these contexts adds a crucial layer to my investigations. As I continue to delve into the intricate landscapes of conflict and identity, my sights are set on expanding my research horizons to encompass the complexities of Middle Eastern conflicts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification


30 Sept 20191 Jun 2023

Award Date: 1 Jun 2023

External positions

Placement student , Northern Ireland Civil Service

1 Sept 20211 Sept 2022

Research And Development Intern

1 Sept 201930 Jun 2020


  • G Geography (General)
  • Identity
  • Unionism
  • Brexit
  • Masculinity
  • Citizenship
  • Borders
  • Conflict


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