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LSE professor becomes Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences

linda mulcahyProfessor Linda Mulcahy, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has become an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national Academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. The award, conferred on 51 social scientists this year, recognises leaders in the field of social sciences, including law, social policy, politics, criminology and education.

Professor Linda Mulcahy joined the Law Department in 2010. Having gained qualifications in law, sociology and the history of art and architecture, Linda’s work has a strong interdisciplinary flavour. Linda’s research interests lie in the field of dispute resolution with a particular interest in mediation. Her published work focuses on the evolution and dynamics of disputes, mediated settlement and the trial. Most recently she has written a book on the ways in which the design of law courts conditions the enjoyment of due process during the trial.

Linda is currently in receipt of two research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The first of these is a Collaborative Doctoral Award which is held in partnership with the British Library and seeks to bring together the Library’s expertise in oral history with the LSE’s Legal Biography Project, of which Linda is a co-director. This project grant is funding a study of the oral history of court clerks. The second project grant is held with Professor Les Moran, Birkbeck College and starts in 2014. The project seeks to explore the ways in which judicial images are produced, managed and consumed and will involves the grantholders working with journalists, photographers, architects, artists and members of the judiciary.

Professor Mulcahy’s research on disputes has resulted in her appointment as an expert consultant to several NHS bodies including the Neale, Kerr Haslam and Ayling Inquiries, the Health Care Commission, The Commission for the Regulation of Healthcare Professions, and the Judicial Studies Board. She has close links with the Public Law Project and has produced two research reports with them on hospital complaints procedures and judicial review in recent years.

Linda is an active member of the Australian Court of the Future Network and is currently working with the Howard League for Penal Reform on reform of practices relating to the form of the dock in criminal trials. She is a former Chair and Treasurer of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association and continues to contribute to its annual national conference for PhD students. Linda is the Chair of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Research Committee and is on the research grants board of the Leverhulme Trust. She was also a member of the ESRC funded Feminist Judgment Network. In the last year she has given plenary lectures in France, Australia and the United States. Linda is an editor of Social and Legal Studies and a founding member of the editorial board for Palgrave Macmillan’s socio-legal book series.


9 September 2013