Democracy and Government


Image of girl using mobile phone: Increased access to social media, particularly via personal devices, presents opportunities but also risks (Image: Creative Commons Zero)
Seen but not heard: children ‘sexting’

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rapid technological changes have caused the norms and methods of children’s sexual behaviour to evolve. Much screen-based media use now involves accessing interactive social networking sites such as Facebook and Snapchat. This access, particularly via

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The merging of environment and agriculture
A new mandate, a new Environment

Reading Time: 3 minutes Local government underwent significant structural change in 2015 with the number of councils reducing from 26 to 11, and the transfer of many functions from central to local government. This has brought changes to the

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Statistics & GIS

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Visualisation of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: < 1 minute By Keara McKay & Thomas Procter This is a visualisation prepared and maintained by the Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe). It presents the spread of COVID-19 infection and the number deaths where

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A demographic profile of Northern Ireland in 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes This paper presents a brief demographic profile of Northern Ireland, updating a previous article on this subject in 2016. It shows emerging trends in the population, and comparisons with other UK countries, Ireland, and the

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