Katy Hayward

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Hayward outside Queen's University, Belfast in 2018

Katy Hayward is a Northern Irish academic and writer based at Queens University, Belfast.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Hayward is a professor of Political Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queens in Belfast, with a specialism in the politics of Brexit, conflict resolution and borders.[2] She completed her undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Magee College in 1999.[1] She was awarded a PhD in 2002 by University College, Dublin on the impact of European integration on cross-border relations in Ireland.[1]

She has fellowships including at ‘’UK in a Changing Europe’’, an ESRC-funded initiative, as well as at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queens. In 2019, she became an Eisenhower Fellow.[1]

In 2023 she was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy.[3]


In addition to her academic writing, Hayward writes regularly for The Guardian,[4] Belfast Telegraph,[5] and the Irish Times.[6]

Other work[edit]

Hayward is a trustee of Conciliation Resources,[7] an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace.


  1. ^ a b c d "Katy Hayward". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Three Queen's Academics Admitted to Royal Irish Academy". Queen's University Belfast. 29 May 2023. Retrieved 25 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Admittance Day 2023". www.ria.ie. Royal Irish Academy. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Katy Hayward | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Can an 'anti-democratic' Brexit backstop ever aspire to have genuine legitimacy?". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Katy Hayward | The Irish Times". www.irishtimes.com. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Our trustees | Conciliation Resources". www.c-r.org. Retrieved 14 December 2019.

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