Katy Hayward

Katy Hayward

Queen's University Belfast
Reader in Sociology


Dr Katy Hayward is Reader in Sociology and a Fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently a Senior Fellow for the UK in a Changing Europe for which she is leading a project on 'The Future and Status of Northern Ireland after Brexit', which includes original research on public attitudes, governance, cross-border relations and constitutional debates.

A political sociologist, Katy's teaching and research has covered various aspects of conflict and conflict transformation on the island of Ireland, particularly in light of the impact of EU membership. She is the author of over 200 publications, including The Border into Brexit (2019),  Brexit at the Border (2018) and the co-edited book Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland (2017). Katy has presented widely on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland to public, policy, media and academic audiences. She has presented written and oral evidence on this subject before civic and policy audiences in the UK and Ireland, EU and United States. 

Posts by this author

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Managing a harder border: The bare essentials for an independent Scotland

In a new report launched last week, Professors Katy Hayward and Nicola McEwen consider the prospect of an independent Scotland within the EU and what that might mean for Scotland's borders. In this blog, Katy gives an insight into that report, examining what border management might look like for Scotland in that scenario.
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Brexit and Beyond: Northern Ireland

Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast discusses the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol and what this might mean for Northern Ireland's place in the Union.
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Borders: Lessons from Ireland

Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast, discusses Brexit and the Irish border, and the lessons Scotland can learn from this. From a Scottish Centre on European Relations report 'An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession'.