Dublin City University (DCU) has been placed among the best in a 2013 league table of the world’s young universities (less than 50 years old): QS World placed it in the Top 50 under 50 University Rankings (ranked 44). The Times Higher Education has a “100 under 50”category which lists DCU in 84th position globally. There are currently more than 12,000 students at DCU and over 80 programmes, divided almost equally between undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are over 600 research students.

DCU hosts several institutions of direct relevance to this project. First is the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), which brings together analysis of the Northern Ireland peace process with expertise on conflict and in post-conflict rebuilding from Kosovo to Kashmir. It has also been the home of the Centre for International Studies (CIS) – Ireland’s leading research institute of international studies – supporting academic research programmes in conflict and security, gender, governance and democratization. Finally, DCU offers cutting edge graduate programmes, including the MA in International Relations, MA in Development, and the MA in International Security and Conflict Studies. The project proposal’s objectives are in line with DCU’s strategic plan “Transforming Lives and Societies”.

Between 2009 and 2013, DCU’s expenditure on research exceeded €180 million. Income from research projects was generated from both national and international funding agencies as well as Industry bodies. Over the period 2007‐2013 DCU has been involved in over 80 FP7 projects, acting as coordinator in 29 of these and partner in 51 projects. It has demonstrated its capacity to gain research funding, use it effectively, manage research consortia, and report to international funders.