Degree honour for Eamonn

Devoting 30 years of his life to conflict resolution, Eamonn Baker received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for services to conflict resolution and to the community in the North West of Ireland. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)
Devoting 30 years of his life to conflict resolution, Eamonn Baker received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for services to conflict resolution and to the community in the North West of Ireland. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

Ulster University has awarded an honorary degree to Eamonn Baker, from Londonderry.

Devoting 30 years of his life to conflict resolution, Eamonn received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for services to conflict resolution and to the community in the North West of Ireland.

Eamonn has worked tirelessly throughout his career facilitating community arts, community development and peace building projects, programmes and events in Northern Ireland.

Living and working in Londonderry his most recent project ‘Towards Understanding and Healing’ works to create a safe space where victims and survivors of the troubles can heal and grow together.

Training community facilitators to facilitate positive storytelling and dialogue, he is also continuously engaged in writing, having worked on several publications that seek to inform and educate including ‘To tell you the truth...’ featuring interviews from victims, survivors and perpetrators of the conflict in Northern Ireland and ‘Forgotten People of Ulster-current stories from the Orange community in the Republic of Ireland’.

He also secured funding and developed the graphic novel aimed at young people, ‘Burning Issues’ focusing on the cultural issues surrounding bonfires.

In his life’s work, Eamonn has reached out to victims and survivors with the premise ‘we want to hear your story’ and in doing so has gained the trust of a wide network of people helping to ensure inclusiveness and sustain healing at the heart of both communities.