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James O’Higgins Norman


Prof. James O’Higgins Norman is UNESCO Chair on Bullying and Cyberbullying and is Director of DCU Anti-Bullying Centre, an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and education on bullying and online safety.

He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology, Sociology, and Education in Ireland and the UK. He has led several significant funded research projects on bullying and cyberbullying and is currently working on studies about migration and bullying, use of AI in online safety, and developing apps and technology to promote online wellbeing and safety.

He has worked on a number of bullying and online safety projects with a number of industry partners including Meta, Vodafone, TikTok, and Cilter.

He was a member of the NCCA sub-committee on intercultural education and is currently a member of the Government’s Advisory Council for Online Safety. He is a former Chair of the World Anti-Bullying Forum and is Chair of UNESCO Scientific Committee on School Violence and Bullying including Cyberbullying. He is an editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on Bullying (2021) and founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention (Springer Publications). James is Chair of the EU COST Action Project on Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration and Integration at School Level.

Research Areas:

Cyberbullying and Online Safety, Self-efficacy in Safety in VR/Metaverse, Social Norms and Social Media