News and events

Dr. Evan Jean Lawrence

Lecturer in Policing

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB222

+44 (0) 1772 89 5682

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Politics and International Relations

Leading expert in terrorism and security with specialities in counterterrorism, policing and international security.


UCLan Academia

Full Profile

After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University in Public Affairs Management with minors in Psychology and Economics, Evan worked for a year and a half in Washington DC with Congresswoman Julia Carson's (IN-10) office. Evan then completed a master's degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) focusing on conflict resolution in the Basque Region of Spain. After graduating magna cum laude from UIS in June of 2007 Evan moved to England where she completed a PhD in terrorism and security looking at the effects of peace organizations on terrorism at Lancaster University.

After finishing her PhD Evan worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, Salford University, Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool Hope University, and Staffordshire University. Currently Evan is a Lecturer in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire in the School of Forensics and Applied Sciences.

Evan has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Basque Country in Spain and has developed an extensive understanding on how Civil Society plays a role in the transition to Democracy and how it plays a part in hindering a terrorist organization. Additionally, she has a great deal of knowledge about terrorism and counterterrorism methods and the implementation of those methods within policing and policy platforms. Evan’s current research looks at the role community policing plays in combating terrorism and radicalization. She specializes in non-traditional forms of counterterrorism and deradicalisation and the role UK counterterrorism policy has on communities in the UK. She also has specialties in understanding ISIS and new forms of radicalisation championed by the group.



PhD- Terrorism and Conflict Resolution from Lancaster University, 2013

MA- International Relations from University of Illinois, 2007

BS- Public Affairs Management from Indiana University, 2002

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities


FZ 3050 – Counterterrorism- BSc Policing & Criminal Investigation

FZ 4711- International Terrorism- MSc Counterterrorism

FZ 4709- Countering 21st Century Terrorism- MSc Counterterrorism




Research Activities

Evan is currently working on several projects involving ‘hearts and minds’ policing in communities at risk of radicalization. She is also working on various projects dealing with the fall out of ISIS in Syria and the effects of ISIS on the regions stability. 



Teaching Activities and Responsibilities