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Dr Cheryl Lawther

Cheryl Lawther is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast.

Her research interests are in the fields of transitional justice, truth recovery, victims, ex-combatants, reparations, emotions, dark tourism and conflict transformation.

Cheryl is the Principal Investigator on the ‘Whose Voices are Heard? Victimhood and Dark Tourism in Cambodia’ project and is also leading an AHRC funded project on ‘Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland’. In addition, Cheryl is a Co-Investigator on the ‘Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies’ project funded by the AHRC.

Cheryl is a former recipient of the Brian Williams Article Prize, awarded by the British Society of Criminology in recognition of the best article published by a ‘new scholar’ in the field and her monograph Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past was published by the Routledge Transitional Justice Series in 2014. Her co-edited collection, the Research Handbook on Transitional Justice was published by Elgar in 2017. 

For more information, visit Cheryl’s Queen’s University staff page.