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Hate Studies

A relatively new and emerging field of research, hate studies examines the causes and consequences of hate crime as well as the means by which hate crime can be combated. Thus, it spans many of the areas of specialisation of the CCJVS, incorporating analyses, for example, of the form and utility of legislation as a means to combat hate crime, the manner in which hate is evidenced in both the investigation and prosecution of a crime, the European and international frameworks that impact on national contexts, and the impact that hate has on its victims.

The Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) is affiliated to the CCJVS and led by Jennifer Schweppe, also a member of the CCJVS along with Dr Amanda Haynes of the Department of Sociology. The HHRG is the centre for the study of hate crime in Ireland, and much of the leading literature on hate crime in an Irish context comes from the University of Limerick. The aims of the HHRG are fivefold:

  1. To contribute to a deeper understanding of the specificities of hate crime and hate incidents from a theoretical perspective
  2. To foster an appreciation of the relevance of intersectionality to hate crime and hate incidents with a view to developing critical mass among the stakeholders
  3. To generate a body of empirical research in an area which is under-researched in an Irish context
  4. To contribute to evidence-based policy and legislative developments in the area
  5. To understand and develop civic and educational means to combat hate crime

The HHRG works closely with civil society organisations in progressing policy and legislative change in the area of hate studies. UL research in the area of hate crime has been funded by the European Union and the Irish Research Council. As the centre for excellence in the area of hate studies in Ireland, UL has close links with the International Network for Hate Studies, and hosted the second biennial conference of the Network, ‘The Politics of Hate: Community, Societal and Global Responses’ on campus in May 2016.

Key CCJVS researchers in this area: Ms Jennifer Schweppe