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

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

Current research and teaching

I am currently working on my Forte-funded research project entitled "Direct from the Courtroom: The emotional challenges linked with live-reporting trials. 

Program Co-ordinator for the undergraduate programme in criminology and course co-ordinator for SOCA74: Sociology: Criminology.


This project looks at the impact of a new digital technology in the courtroom and explores how it shapes the work of legal professionals and journalists. It focuses on the recent emergence of digital live-reporting which enables journalists to cover trials by writing updates in real-time from inside the courtroom to be instantly published on news websites – reports that detail the gestures, facial expressions and emotions of legal professionals in order to grab the readers’ attention. This new practice thus highlights the clash between the media’s emotionality and the courtroom’s rationality. 

How this clash is negotiated will be explored by showing the dilemmas faced by legal professionals and journalists, and the ways in which these professional roles are accomplished in relation to this new digital practice. Furthermore, as live-reporting can be seen as a form of surveillance it may increase performance demands on legal professionals stemming from the widening of the trial’s immediate audience beyond the walls of the courtroom. These demands may also be heightened by the format’s immediacy, an immediacy that also leads to journalistic dilemmas. This study will therefore answer the following questions in order understand the impact of this digital technology on the courtroom:


  • How do legal professionals relate to live-reporting?
  • How do reporters accomplish this digital practice?
  • How are legal professionals emotionalised in live-reports?


The empirical material consists of qualitative material comprising ethnographic observations of three high-profile trials which are live-reported and interviews with the legal professionals and journalists involved in the trial. Transcripts of the live-news reports published online will also be included. This material will then be analysed using NVivo to draw out analytical themes. 


The goal is to contribute with knowledge on how digitalisation impacts a workplace and the professional roles within.

Highlighted research outputs

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Lisa Flower, 2021, Sensory Penalties: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control. Herrity, K., Schmidt, B. E. & Warr, J. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 159-174 16 p.

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

Lisa Flower, 2021, 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, 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, 2019, In: Emotions: History, Culture, Society. 3, 2, p. 282-299

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lisa Flower, 2019, In: Ny Juridik. 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lisa Flower, 2018 Oct 5, Lund University. 266 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Lisa Flower, 2018 Oct 10, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

Lisa Flower, 2018 Apr 1, In: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 47, 2, p. 226-254 29 p., DOI: 10.1177/0891241616646826.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lisa Flower, 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

Lisa Flower, 2016 Sep 2, NSfK’s 58 Research Seminar: New challenges in criminology; can old theories be used to explain or understand new crimes?. Finland: Nordiska Samarbetsrådet för Kriminologi, Vol. 58. p. 407-421 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Lisa Flower, 2014, In: International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion. 6, 3, p. 295-309

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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