Anti-Bullying Centre

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DCU Funding Profile

Between 2010 and 2016, DCU’s expenditure on research exceeded €180 million. Income from research projects was generated from both National (Higher Education Authority, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Health Research Board etc.) and International (EU, Wellcome Trust etc) funding agencies as well as Industry bodies.

DCU has been active in the first H2020 calls, with 18 awards to date (6 of those as coordinator). DCU has been involved in over 80 FP7 projects, acting as coordinator in 29 of these and partner in 51 projects. Among these include Research and Coordination and Support Actions, 4 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks, 4 International Research Staff Exchange Scheme awards, 2 Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways and 13 individual Marie Curie fellowships. Contribution from the FP7 programme was over €32 million over the period 2007 – 2013.

DCU staff are also funded though non-Framework mechanisms, including CHAFEA, INTERREG, Joint Technology Initiatives, Erasmus+, DG Health, DG Security, and Leonardo da Vinci Programmes. Additionally, DCU has numerous Government of Ireland fellows at both PhD and postdoctoral level across all disciplines.

ABC – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre

The Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) was founded in 1996 and re-launched in 2014 by the Minister for Education & Skills as a National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre to undertake research on bullying and related issues. Since it was founded ABC has led the field of research in school and workplace bullying in Ireland and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in bullying research. The Centre also provides resources and training to those who wish to address school and workplace bullying. Researchers at ABC were the first in Ireland to undertake national studies on school bullying (1996), workplace bullying (1998), homophobic bullying (2003ff) and cyberbullying (2010ff).

The Centre hosts the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace and the International Journal of Bullying Prevention. In 2019 the Centre will host the 2nd World Anti-Bullying Forum.

The aims of ABC are:

  • To conduct research into the multi-level and multi-factorial nature of bullying behaviour (including cyberbullying).
  • The creation of greater awareness and understanding of bullying behaviour.
  • The promotion of ways and means by which bullying behaviour may be prevented or reduced.
  • To support the implementation of the National Action Plan on Bullying (2013).

In 2014, ABC hosted the first national conference on cyberbullying at Dublin Castle. The conference was attended by delegates from across Ireland and the EU including speakers from the UN, Government of Ireland, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies as well as researchers from a number of universities. The Centre has also undertaken research on bullying and people with intellectual disabilities as part of the EU funded Leonardo.

The Centre was a strategic research partner with research centres in Canada, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Finland and Norway (CORE-Net: Core-net represented a concerted and collaborative effort to compile research based knowledge on how schools and communities can prevent and deal with bullying and violence in schools as well as promote positive developments for children and adolescents in preschool and school.

The Centre’s research activities have been funded by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs under the National Action Plan on Bullying (2013).  Researchers at ABC have also been funded by the Irish Research Council, the EU’s Erasmus+ Framework Program for Education, Training, Youth and Sport and the Irish Human Rights Commission. ABC is registered with the United Nations as a Civil Society NGO.

ABC has participated in 20 EU-funded research projects on bullying and cyberbullying prevention (see

Researchers at ABC are currently involved in a number of research projects funded by the Government of Ireland including projects on misogyny, hate speech, homophobic bullying, and the arts/theatre as a mechanism for bullying  prevention. ABC provides the national anti-bullying website with funding from the Department  of Education and Skills under the National Action Plan on Bullying (2013).