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Research Statement

Current project:

It has been widely documented that intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent among adolescents worldwide. Much of the research focus has been in establishing its prevalence, risk factors and consequences on youth’s wellbeing. However, there is only limited evidence that demonstrates negative consequences of abuse on youth's educational attainment. A systematic review of literature yielded only eight studies focusing on youth IPV in education context, seven of which were conducted in the USA and one in Sweden. The lack of studies focusing exclusively on education and IPV, particularly interventions, is certainly true for Northern Ireland, and as such, this study is being conducted to explore secondary and tertiary IPV initiatives of educational providers in NI to fill a significant gap in the literature. I am hoping to integrate my previous knowledge into this research to present findings that will inform institutional as well as governmental policies in the UK.

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. 

Teaching

Barry University (2015)

Persuasion: Rhetoric of Social Intervention Model

English as a Foreign Language 

(2010-2011, 2018-2019)

Other

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)

Particulars

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

Prizes

NASES Award for Advisory Service

Lucia Klencakova (Recipient), Jul 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Research Graduate Award

    Lucia Klencakova (Recipient), Apr 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    ICA - Language and Social Interaction Division

    Lucia Klencakova (Advisor)
    20192021

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

    Standing Up for Science

    Lucia Klencakova (Participant)
    22 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    SPaRK Launch Event

    Lucia Klencakova (Invited speaker)
    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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

    DIS.CO project partners' meeting

    Lucia Klencakova (Participant)
    31 Jan 201901 Feb 2019

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

    Press / Media

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

    Lucia Klencakova

    17/04/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    SPaRK Launch Event

    Lucia Klencakova

    27/02/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

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

    Lucia Klencakova

    03/10/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

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

    Lucia Klencakova

    03/10/2016

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research