Lisa Flower

Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD, MSc Masters in Sociology and Societal Analysis, BSc Bachelors in social work, BSc Psychology

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Psychology


  • Sociology of emotions, Symbolic interaction, Ethnography, Qualitative research methods, Criminology, Sociology, Social psychology


Main research and teaching areas

  • Sociology of emotions
  • Social psychology
  • Symbolic interaction
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Criminology

Current research and teaching

Doctoral dissertation - Loyalty Work: Emotional interactions of defence lawyers in Swedish courtrooms.

Teaching as above.


I explore the ways in which defence lawyers represent their clients uing emotions and their bodies. My doctoral dissertation shows how defence lawyers project a professional impression in line with invisible emotional, interactional and ceremonial expectations. Defence lawyers attempt to represent clients by managing performances in the courtroom– their own, their clients’ and others’ - and by ensuring they remain within the boundaries of the emotional regime of law. Simultaneously, the defence team should present a united front to the court. These strategies involve using emotion work and facework to build up or undermine facts in the trial, by drawing attention towards or away from information presented or by the use of props.

Recent research outputs

Lisa Flower, 2020 Dec 6, Emotional Labour in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Phillips, J., Waters, J., Westaby, C. & Fowler, A. (eds.). CRC Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Lisa Flower, 2020, (Accepted/In press) Research Handbook of Law and Emotion. Bandes, S., Madeira, J. L., Temple, K. & Kidd White, E. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Lisa Flower, 2019 Dec 12, Routledge. 210 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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