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Dr Karen Lumsden

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SIPR Academic Member
Public Protection Network
University of Aberdeen

Karen is an academic expert in sociology, criminology and qualitative research methods. She is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, her alma mater. Previous academic posts include Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham, Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Leicester, and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University.

She has completed extensive research and partnership work with police constabularies in England over the past decade. While at Loughborough University she was the co-founder of the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and subsequently lead the Victims, Witnesses, and Public Protection Network as part of a College of Policing and HEFCE Policing Knowledge Fund. She has also completed funded evaluations and research for West Midlands Police, Gloucestershire Police, and various East Midlands police constabularies. She set up and led the Policing Research Group at Loughborough University.


Karen has conducted consultancy, research and evaluations on frontline policing and police organisational culture, victims and victimization, digital media and online harms, and evidence-based policy and practice. Her early doctoral work focused on roads policing, ASBOs, and car modification culture (boy racers).

Recent projects have focused on: police support for members of the D/deaf and hard of hearing communities, ethnographies of police force control rooms, frontline responses to domestic abuse calls, police support for victims of hate crime, police officers' views of interpersonal cyber-crime, evidence-based policing and police professionalisation.

Karen is currently writing up findings from a Leverhulme Trust / British Academy Small Grant: 'Breaking Bad News: A Qualitative Study of Frontline Police Work with the Bereaved'. This is the first study of its kind to explore the delivery of the death message by frontline police officers in the UK.

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