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    Research Statement

    Dr. Cheryl Lawther is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.  She was previously a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.  From September 2016 - September 2017 Cheryl was seconded to The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast as a Senior Research Fellow.  Her research interests are in the fields of transitional justice, truth recovery, victims, ex-combatants, reparations, emotions and conflict transformation.  Her article “Securing’ the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland’, British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 3: 455-473 was awarded the Brian Williams Article Prize by the British Society of Criminology in July 2011.  This award is made in recognition of the best sole authored journal article by a ‘new’ scholar in the previous year.  Her monograph Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past  was published by the Routledge Transitional Justice Series in 2014. Cheryl's most recent book Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (co-edited with L. Moffett and D. Jacobs) was published by the Edward Elgar Research Handbooks in International Law series in 2017.


    She is currently leading and working on a number of RCUK funded research projects. In late 2015 Dr. Lawther was awarded an AHRC Early Career Research Grant for a project on 'Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland' (with K. McEvoy, £250,000). Full details on the project and associated publications can be found on the project website -  In November 2016, Cheryl became a Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded project 'Reparations, Resonsibilites and Victimhood in Transitional Societies' (with L. Moffett and K. McEvoy, £655,198). The project website can be accessed here -  Finally, Dr. Lawther is leading a Department for Education - Global Challenges Research Fund pilot project on representations of victimhood at dark tourist sites, with a specific focus on Cambodia.


    In addition to her scholarly committments, Cheryl is a member of the executive and Vice Chair of Northern Ireland/Ireland's leading human rights NGO the Committee on the Administration of Justice and a trustee of the Human Rights Trust.


    Further information on Cheryl's work and publications can be found on Research Gate and you can also follow her on Twitter @LawtherC 



    BA Hons Politics (First Class Honours), Queen's University Belfast

    MSSc Criminology (Distinction), Queen's University Belfast

    PhD Law, Queen's University Belfast

    Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, Queen's University Belfast

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy




    Achievements and Distinctions


    In July 2011, I was awarded the Brian Williams Article Prize by the British Society of Criminology for my article "Securing' the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland', British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 3: 455-473.  This award is made in recognition of the best article published in the previous year by a 'new' scholar.





    I currently convene and teach the following two modules:

    CRM2005 Crime in Society

    CRM3006 Criminal Justice in Transition


    I have also contributed lectures to a range of other modules, including CRM1001 Introducing Criminology, CRM1002 Exploring Criminology, CRM2002 Crime and Disorder, SOC3005 Issues in Contemporary Irish Society and SOC9022 Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: Sociological Perspectives.


    I currently supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations for CRM3002 Research Project and Dissertation and SOC9050 MSc Youth Justice.





    Member of the School Research Ethics Committee

    Staff Student Consultative Committee School Liaison Officer



    Frequent Journals

    • Irish Political Studies

      ISSNs: 0790-7184

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1743-9078


      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.84 SJR 0.477 SNIP 1.016


    • International Journal of Transitional Justice

      ISSNs: 1752-7716

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1752-7724

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.724 SNIP 1.902


    • Ethnopolitics

      ISSNs: 1744-9057, 1744-9065

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-9065


      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.78 SJR 0.458 SNIP 1.089


    • British Journal of Criminology

      ISSNs: 0007-0955

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-3529

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.68 SJR 1.828 SNIP 2.153


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