Orla LynchLecturer at University College Cork
Orla Lynch is a lecturer in criminology at University College Cork, Ireland, and previously was director of teaching and a lecturer in terrorism studies at the CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. Her background is in international security studies and applied psychology
after training as a social psychologist, and current research focuses on victimisation and political violence in relation to the direct victims of violence, but also the broader psycho-social impact of victimisation and the perpetrator-victim complex. She has also examined the notion of suspect communities in relation to the impact of counter terrorism measures on Muslim youth communities, and is currently the principal investigator on a multisite EU funded project that looks at the importance of notions of victimisation for former perpetrators of political violence and the role of both former perpetrators and victims in ongoing peace initiatives. Orla is also interested in individual and group desistance from political violence, including issues related to deradicalisation, the role of grand narratives in justifying involvement in violence and psychosocial understandings of the transitions from violence to peace. Her recent books include Victims of Terrorism, a comparative and interdisciplinary study and International Perspectives on Terrorist Victimisation: An interdisciplinary approach.