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Cheryl Lawther

Lecturer in Criminology
Room: 1.08 2 College Park East
Email:  Ext: 5986

BA Hons Politics (First Class)  QUB
MSSc Criminology (Distinction)  QUB
PhD Law  QUB

I joined the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2012.  I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.  This fellowship was funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security.

I received my PhD from the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast in November 2010. Entitled ‘Unpicking the Opposition to Truth Recovery: Unionism and the Contested Past’, the thesis explored and critically analysed unionists', loyalists' and representatives of the security forces' opposition to and reluctance to engage in the truth recovery debate in Northern Ireland.  I also hold a BA Hons in Politics and an MSSc in Criminology from Queen’s University Belfast.

My main research interests include transitional justice, truth recovery, conflict transformation, criminology, victimology, human rights and Northern Ireland politics.  I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the International Studies Association and an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.

In July 2011 I was awarded The Brian Williams Prize by the British Society of Criminology for the article “Securing the Past’: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland’, British Journal of Criminology, 50, 3: 455-473. This award is made in recognition of the best sole authored article by a 'new' scholar.

As an undergraduate, I was also awarded the Lemberger-Mettrick Prize – awarded to the student who is, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners, the best graduand in Politics and the David Mulholland Prize – awarded for the best dissertation by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast.


Introducing Criminology (CRM1001)
Crime and Society (CRM2005)
Issues in Contemporary Irish Society (SOC3005)

Select Publications

Lawther, C. (2013). Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past. Routledge Transitional Justice Series. London: Routledge. Forthcoming.

Lawther, C. (2013).  'Denial, Silence and the Politics of the Past: Unpicking the Opposition to Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland', International Journal of Transitional Justice. Forthcoming. 10,000 words.

Lawther, C. (2012). 'Unionism, Truth and the Challenge of the Past: A Response to Aaron Edwards', Irish Political Studies,

Lawther, C. (2011). ‘Unionism, Truth Recovery and the Fearful Past’, Irish Political Studies, 26, 3: 361-382.

Lawther, C. (2010). “Securing’ the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland’, British Journal of Criminology, 50, 3: 455-473.