About IBIS


The Institute for British-Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary resource, established in 1999 and based in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin.

The Institute provides a platform for academics, politicians, public servants and others to share perspectives on a range of aspects of the evolving British-Irish relationship. It operates an active research and outreach programme, to stimulate debate and advance understanding of this relationship (including North-south and East-west dimensions). We work closely with the Geary Institute and the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies at UCD, and enjoy links with a range of national, European and international research centres, governmental, non-governmental and other bodies.


  • to promote and conduct academic research in the area of relations between the two major traditions on the island of Ireland, and between Ireland and Great Britain, from an inter-disciplinary social science perspective
  • to promote and encourage collaboration with academic bodies and with individual researchers elsewhere who share an interest in the exploration of relations between different national, ethnic or racial groups
  • to promote contact with policy makers and opinion formers outside the university sector, and to ensure a free flow of ideas between the academic and the non-academic worlds