Dr James O’Higgins Norman is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University. James’ research is rooted in a sociological view of education and is concerned with the relationship between wellbeing, equality and human rights. His research has been presented at conferences in Ireland, the UK, Australia, Italy, Finland and the USA and has been published in a number of international peer reviewed journals.
Dr O’Higgins Norman’s research in the area of school bullying and violence has been acclaimed by government departments, policy makers and educational leaders and has led to a national campaign aimed at addressing bullying in schools. He has been commissioned to do research by the national Gender Equality Unit at the Department of Education and Science and the Equality Authority of Ireland. In 2013, he will become Director of the Anti Bullying Centre (formerly of Trinity College Dublin).
In 2010, he was Chair of the Human Rights Section at the International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, USA.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr O’Higgins Norman was Chairperson of Schools Across Borders, which is a non-governmental development education organisation registered in Ireland with charitable status. SAB works within post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine in order to provide for direct exchanges and encounters between young people from schools in each of these countries. In his role as Chairperson of Schools Across Borders Dr O’Higgins Norman oversaw the delivery of a programme in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Israel and Palestine that promotes awareness, reflection and actions on the issues and realities of conflict as experienced and expressed directly by young people.
Dr O’Higgins Norman is a member of the steering committee of the UBUNTU Network which supports the integration of Development Education (DE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into post primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Ireland. It is funded by Irish Aid, Development Education and Civil Society Section, which is located within the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In 2012, Dr O’Higgins Norman was part of a team from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who visited the USA on a research programme entitled Alternatives to Political Violence. The programme was funded by the US State Department and explored the role of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, community leaders, and government agencies in encouraging people to express political, social, and cultural identity through constructive and non-violent channels.