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Professor Patricia Lundy
Professor Patricia Lundy Professor of Sociology
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
University of Ulster
Jordanstown campus
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
Phone: +44 28 90368861

Patricia Lundy is Professor of Sociology at the University of Ulster. She studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). In 1989 she was awarded a BA (Hons) in History and Sociology and in 1993 she received her PhD from the Sociology and Social Policy Department.  She was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship 2009/2010 and has received two awards from the British Academy, grants from other highly prestigious funding bodies including the Nuffield Foundation and Irish Academy. Her research has also been funded by Community Relations Council, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the European Union’s Peace funding.

Her primary research interests are post-conflict transformation, mechanisms for ‘dealing with the legacy of conflict and human rights abuses, ‘truth’ recovery and the politics of memory. She has been centrally involved in community-based ‘truth’ recovery processes and researched official police-led historical enquiries. She has a particular interest in ‘bottom-up’ participatory transitional justice. She is committed to linking academia to the wider community and strives to make her research impact positively on beneficiaries.

In collaboration with Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT), she co-authored a Northern Ireland wide survey on ‘Attitudes Towards a Truth Commission for Northern Ireland’ (2006). Her most recent research is an in-depth study of the Police Service Northern Ireland’s (PSNI), Historical Enquiries Team (HET). This research has achieved considerable media coverage and impact. Her work has been published in a wide range of peer-reviewed academic journals including Sociology, Law and Society, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Law and Social Challenges and Contemporary Social Science.

She is a recognised international authority in how to deal with the legacy of conflict and ‘truth’ recovery processes. In this regard, internationally, she has undertaken a series of consultations with leading human right NGOs, senior governmental officials and civil society groups in Cambodia, Yemen, Colombia, Greensboro, New York and the Netherlands; she was invited to present testimony on her HET research to The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission Washington.