Belfast PEACE IV

Shared Spaces in the Community Conference

Sharing Space in Divided Cities

Location: Crumlin Road Gaol

Date: Thursday 11th November

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: FREE

Belfast is a city known for its welcoming demeanour, vibrant culture and of course, it’s turbulent history. Since the peace agreement was signed in 1998, community organisations have tried to reconnect parts of the city that remain divided to become Shared Spaces.

Sharing space has taken many forms across Belfast, as well as across the world. These spaces are often less obviously shared than people realise, with visitors making use of them with a practical intention rather than social. Is your local shopping centre a shared space? Or how about your neighbouring dog park? The encounters had in areas such as these may only be small, or even non-existent, however they are constantly increasing potential for a less divided city.

At this event we will be joined by a range of experts in the field of Shared Spaces in the Community, and we will hear about their research on global divided cities.  We will also have representatives from local organisations to present success stories of the shared spaces in Belfast so far.


  • Prof Wendy Pullan, Cambridge University & Centre for Urban Conflicts Research
  • Prof James Anderson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof Liam O’Dowd, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Michele Bryans, Connswater Community Greenway
  • Cllr Mal O’Hara, Forth Meadow Community Greenway

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