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.