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Hate and Hostility Research Group

The Hate and Hostility Research Group is the only research group in Ireland dedicated to the study of hate crime. Conducting translational research on hostility towards difference, it is an interdisciplinary group led by Dr Amanda Haynes of the Department of Sociology and Jennifer Schweppe from the School of Law. We work closely with a number of NGO partners to progress policy and legislative change in hate crime in Ireland as well as being affiliated with the International Network for Hate Studies

Mission Statement

The Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) was set up by academics in the University of Limerick  to initiate scholarship in the area of hate and hostility studies in Ireland from an interdisciplinary perspective. The group recognises the importance of working in cooperation with community, civic, and government partners. Through cross-sectoral engagement, we endeavour to progress dialogue between all stakeholders in the area.

Our aims are fivefold:

  • To contribute to a deeper understanding of the specificities of hate crime and hate incidents from a theoretical perspective
  • 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
  • To generate a body of empirical research in an area which is under-researched in an Irish context
  • To contribute to evidence-based policy and legislative developments in the area
  • To understand and develop civic and educational means to combat hate crime

L-R Dr James Carr, University of Limerick President Professor Don Barry, Jennifer Schweppe, Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin, and Dr Amanda Haynes

The Hate and Hostility Research Group are proud to be affiliated to the International Network for Hate Studies (INHS). The INHS was set up in 2013, is run by academics and practitioners, and seeks to not only promote understanding about the root causes of hate and hate crime, but to understand ways in which it can be combated in society. HHRG co-director Jennifer Schweppe is also co-director of the INHS with Dr Mark Walters of the University of Sussex.

The INHS website is available at www.internationalhatestudies.com which hosts a peer reviewed blog as well as an extensive library of scholarly research on hate crime. The INHS runs a biennial conference, and the HHRG was privileged to host the second of these conferences in May 2016 at the University of Limerick Campus.

To become a member of the INHS, or for other details see: www.internationalhatestudies.com