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Research Statement

Current project: The role of educational providers in addressing intimate partner violence among youth in Northern Ireland

It has been widely documented that intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent among young people worldwide. Much of the research focus has been in establishing its prevalence, risk factors and consequences on youth’s wellbeing. However, only limited evidence exists in education context. A systematic review revealed eight studies surrounding youth IPV and education, seven of which were conducted in the USA and one in Sweden. This lack of research exclusively focused on education and IPV among young people, in particular interventions, is certainly true for Northern Ireland. As such, this study is being conducted to explore the role of educational providers, including youth provision, in addressing the issue of youth IPV and domestic violence in NI to fill a significant gap in the literature. My expertise in psychology of language will be integrated into this research to present findings that aim to inform institutional as well as governmental policies in Northern Ireland.

Research Interests

Before joining QUB, I dedicated my time to Communication theories, more specifically the socio-psychological tradition that explores behavioural and cognitive characteristics in a communicative context. In particular, I delved into human ego or inner motivations for actions reflected in language, primarily in nonverbal. With a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages, and a Master's in Communication Studies, I also became proficient in linguistics, semiotics and intercultural communication. This set of skills lead me to pursue a study on intercultural couple satisfaction, which revealed ways in which sexism guides every-day intimate interactions even in Western context. I was able to link ego motivations with sexist attitudes reflected in language, and as a result, I published a chapter on ego reflection in attitudes towards women and oppressed groups. I began incorporating socio-cultural tradition into my research, in particular, gender power struggle, objectification of a female body in media, and stereotypical power structures in the workplace, especially in political sphere. This is when I came across the term culture of peace, and co-authored a book chapter on conflict and peacebuilding, namely strategies that can be applied in the classroom. I realized the gravity of the impact that societal stereotypes and patriarchal structures can have on young people's wellbeing and relationship formation, which is why I decided to pursue my current project. 


Barry University (2015)

Persuasion: Rhetoric of Social Intervention Model

English as a Foreign Language 

(2010-2011, 2018-2019)


Current projects in progress:

Narratives of Female Identity: Objectification of Females in the Entertainment Industry (with Dr. Nickesia Gordon of Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)


Other email addresses: lklencakova01@qub.ac.uk

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Research Output

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Building Peace Culture: Shifting Gender Views as a Solution to Violence

Klencakova, L. & Valentin-Llopis, M., Jun 2018, Gender, Sexuality and Peace Education: Issues and Perspectives in Higher Education. Finley, L. (ed.). Information Age Publishing, p. 85-104

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Eco and Ego Motivations in Communication between Men and Women

Klencakova, L., Feb 2017, Reflections on Gender from a Communication Point-of-View : GenderSpectives. Gordon, N. & Finley, L. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 148-161 (Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


NASES Award for Advisory Service

Klencakova, Lucia (Recipient), Jul 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Research Graduate Award

    Klencakova, Lucia (Recipient), Apr 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    European Group of Public Administration

    Lucia Klencakova (Presenter)

    09 Sep 201910 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    1st Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Lucia Klencakova (Chair)

    22 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ICA - Language and Social Interaction Division

    Lucia Klencakova (Advisor)


    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    European Network on Gender and Violence

    Lucia Klencakova (Presenter)

    16 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Gender, Social Justice and Innovation

    Lucia Klencakova (Organiser), & Gift Sotonye-Frank (Organiser)

    21 May 201922 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    DIS.CO project partners meet Councillor John Boyle, Mayor of Derry City

    Lucia Klencakova


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    SPaRK Launch Event

    Lucia Klencakova


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    "He says lanmou. She says love. Does it make a difference?"

    Lucia Klencakova


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    "He says lanmou. She says love. Does it make a difference?"

    Lucia Klencakova


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research