Dr Evan Jean Lawrence

Dr. Evan Jean Lawrence

Senior Lecturer in Area Studies

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

01772 201201


Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Politics and International Relations

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

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Evan completed her PhD at Lancaster University in terrorism and security, looking at the effects of peace organizations on terrorism the Basque Region of Spain.

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. Evan began her work at UCLan in the Policing Department teaching on their terrorism MSc. She has now moved to a role within the Politics and International Relations Division in the School of Humanities and Social Science, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Area Studies.

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 and government counterterrorism policy plays in combating terrorism and radicalization. She specializes in non-traditional forms of counterterrorism and de-radicalisation; focusing on the role, that 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. Additionally, Evan has specialist knowledge of American foreign policy and government. She comments on terrorism and security matters with a variety of media sources including the BBC and ITV. She has also hosted several special programs on the BBC around the US election in 2016 and regularly appears as a guest on BBC 5 Lives Political Call In show. .

Evan has been nominated and shortlisted for several teaching excellence awards and in 2016 won the UCLan Star for exceptional service to the University of Central Lancashire for her media work.

  • Ph.D. Terrorism and Security, Lancaster University, 2013
  • M.A. International Relations, University of Illinois at Springfield, 2007
  • B.Sc. Public Policy Analysis, Indiana University, 2002

Research Activities

Evan research focuses on the roll society and community policing plays in stopping radicalization. She has worked extensively with various groups and produced research on the role of NGOs in stopping the spread of terrorism.


Fellow of the Higher Education Association


 Evan is currently working with Victim Support Services in Preston on a Home Office safeguarding grant. The program is working on providing counter radicalization and resilience training to young people in identified areas throughout the County of Lancashire.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Conflict Research Society
  • International Studies Association
  • UK Political Studies Association
  • Society for Terrorism Research
  • Women in Conflict Studies
  • Womens Institute

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • IR 1002 – International Security & Economics
  • IR 2101 – Globalization
  • IR 2102 - Research Methods for International Relations
  • PO 3004 – Terrorism and Security