Institute for Research in Social Sciences

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Dr Derick Wilson
Dr Derick Wilson Reader
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
School of Education
University of Ulster
Coleraine campus
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Dr. Derick Wilson, Emeritus Reader in Education (Community Relations & Restorative Practices) spent 15 years in formative community relations practice (1970-85) as: a detached youthworker / youth tutor with the Northern Ireland Community Relations Commission (70-73); Principal Lecturer in Youth and Community Work establishing the professional courses of community youth work training at Jordanstown (73-78); and directing the Corrymeela Centre (78-85).

Research and Teaching Interests that support reconciliation

He received an individual reconciliation fellowship from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (85-89) and was Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Conflict (85-94) that became INCORE. With colleagues, he established a charitably funded Ulster University based, reconciliation research and development programme,‘Future Ways’ (1985-2006) that undertook community relations research and developed action research programmes promoting public policy and learning organisation cultures supportive of a more shared society in Northern Ireland across Civil Society, the Civil Service, in Community Policing and with local Councils.

He was Assistant Director, UNESCO Centre (2006-09) and then a Reader in Education (Community Relations and Restorative Practices) whilst directing ‘Creative Change’, an innovative programme in promoting mutual understanding with primary children, parents and carers, teachers and school managers.

From 2010 he has been a member of the Restorative Practices Team at Ulster, responsible for two post-graduate modules, Promoting a Restorative Society and Restorative Schools.

He was a member of an ESRC Research Group on Restorative Schools with Cambridge, Edinburgh and Nottingham and currently he is a research member of a four-year 6-country EU Framework 7 Programme, ALTERNATIVE, “Developing alternative understandings of security and justice through restorative justice approaches in intercultural settings within democratic societies“.

He is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Kennedy Institute Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis.
He has been an External Examiner to Durham and Galway.

Civil Society Involvement
Currently a Council Member and Co-Chair of the Programme Development Committee of the Corrymeela Community, he has been: Chair of the Youth Committee for Northern Ireland (1986-89); a Founder Trustee of both Mill Strand Integrated School (1987) and the Spirit of Enniskillen Young Adult Bursary Scheme (1988); and a member of the BBCNI Broadcasting Council. A member of the group establishing the NI Community Relations Council, he was an Equality Commissioner (ECNI, 2002-07) and academic associate to the ‘Victims and Survivors Forum’ (2009-11).

He was awarded: the MBE for Community Relations in 1994; a Distinguished Community Fellowship by the University in 2003; and a Lifetime Award for Services to Community Relations from the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council in 2007.