About Us

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) is a national university designated research centre located in DCU’s Institute of Education. The Centre is known globally for its research excellence in bullying and online safety. It is home to scholars with a global reputation as leaders in the field. The work of the Centre builds on 25 years of research in which we were the first in Ireland to undertake studies on school, workplace, homophobic and cyberbullying.

The aim of ABC is to contribute to solving the real-world problems of bullying and online safety through collaboration with an extensive community of academic and industry partnerships. The extent of our resources and the collaboration between disciplines drive quality education, understanding and innovation in this field.

The objectives of the Centre are aligned to support the United Nations overarching goal to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030” (SDG4) and supports the implementation of the Government of Ireland’s Action Plan on Bullying (2013), Action Plan for Online Safety (2018-2019), Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice (2018-2024), and the WRC/HSA Joint Code of Practice on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work (2021).


To transform the lives of people and global societies through promoting positive social relationships.


To be a globally recognised centre for innovative research and education in anti-bullying and online safety.


Excellence in research and education is the foundation of what we do. We are guided by our values of integrity and respect; we act with compassion and foster a global culture of inclusion and collaboration.


We are united by our purpose and the mutual support from our global community to achieve our aims. We take pride in our ethical way of working and the positive social impact our research has on tackling bullying and promoting online safety. We believe our spirit will flourish because we are ethical, ambitious, collaborative, compassionate and committed to improving well-being in society.

UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre hosts the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace. The Chair was established in 2018 through an agreement between Dublin City University and UNESCO. The Chair holder is Prof. James O’Higgins Norman and the members of the Chair are the other researchers in DCU Anti-Bullying Centre.

The UNESCO Chair at DCU involves the following priorities:

  • A major systematic review of the international evidence in relation to the effects of bullying on how migrant children experience equality and wellbeing in schools,
  • explore the possibility for whole-school anti-bullying interventions and to support local level delivery through partner institutions in different countries.
  • consolidating materials and resources for delivery in terms of high quality training resources

The UNESCO Chair at DCU also contributed to a number of international scientific committees and working groups on bullying policy, research, and education.

Most significantly the Chair contributed to the work of UNESCO’s International Scientific Committee on developing the Whole Education Approach and the subsequent Working Group on Defining Bullying and Cyberbullying.

DCU Anti-Bullying Centre Strategic Plan

2021 – 2024

The objectives of Excellence and Inclusion are aligned to DCU’s core vision to be a globally significant university that is renowned for its discovery and translation of knowledge to advance society. To read our strategic plan, click here.