Next Generation Ireland-Northern Ireland

December 2018

This research was commissioned to examine how significant change – in the past, such as the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement – and still to come – such as Brexit – is affecting the lives of young people across the island of Ireland.

The work began 20 years after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, 10 years after the financial crash, and just a year ahead of the date the UK is due to exit the European Union. How do young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland view their lives in light of these changes? How does it affect their outlook, both at home and internationally? And how do they see their futures unfolding?


Brendan Sturgeon, Neil Jarman, Olivia Lucas


Next Generation is a global research programme initiated in countries that are experiencing a period of significant change, with the purpose of ensuring that young people’s voices are heard and their interests properly represented in decisions that will have lasting implications for their lives.

The research projects examine young people’s views around education, employment and lifestyle, as well as uncovering their hopes and fears for their country, their degree of international engagement and views on the wider world, and the values and beliefs that affect their lives.