Dr Karen Lumsden
Dr Karen Lumsden

Dr Karen Lumsden

MA (Hons.), CertHE, MRes, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

About

Biography

Karen is a sociologist, criminologist and qualitative researcher. She returned to her alma mater, the University of Aberdeen, to take up the post of Lecturer in Sociology in June 2022. She is developing and delivering teaching on the new MA Sociology & Criminology and the MSc in Criminology & Society.

Previous academic posts include Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham, Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Leicester, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University, and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay Dundee. Karen has conducted research, consultancy and evaluations in areas such as: policing, victims and victimization (including domestic abuse), digital media and online harms, and evidence-based policy and practice in policing.

Karen also has extensive experience of designing and delivering qualitative research methods and academic skills training at universities including at undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral level, contributing to social research methods summer schools, and ESRC doctoral training centres. Examples of courses delivered include: qualitative design, qualitative interviewing, qualitative data analysis, thematic analysis, ethnographic methods and observation, narratives and storytelling, narrative analysis, participatory action research, and reflexivity. Karen has also previously delivered qualitative methods training to social research professionals via the Social Research Association. She has published on qualitative methods including reflexivity and autoethnography.

 

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning & Teaching 
    2012 - University of Aberdeen 
  • PhD Sociology 
    2009 - University of Aberdeen 
  • Masters in Social Research 
    2005 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MA Sociology (Hons) 
    2004 - University of Aberdeen 

External Memberships

Member of the Road Policing Research Network Advisory Group, Keele University, UK (2018 to present)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (from 2012)

Editorial Board - Qualitative Research (2022 to present)

Chair of Editorial Board - Sociological Research Online (2018 to 2020)

Editor - Sociological Research Online (2018)

Editorial Board - Sociological Research Online (2015 to 2018)

Editorial Board - Sociology (2017 to 2022)

Editorial Board - SAGE Research Methods Cases (2015 to 2018)

External Reviewer of university outputs for REF 2021. Sociology and Social Policy submissions (2019 to 2020)

Latest Publications

  • Reflexivity and Feminism in Social Research: Its Legacy and its Current Role in the Context of Fast Academia and the Managerial University

    Lumsden, K.
    Intersectional Feminist Research Methodologies. Nyhagen, L., Cooke, J. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • How to Adapt Conventional Methodologies to an Online Format: Focus Groups

    Lumsden, K.
    SAGE Research Methods. Snee, H. (ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • How to Conduct Asynchronous Interviews

    Lumsden, K.
    SAGE Research Methods. Snee, H. (ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Evaluation of Operation Tutelage: Qualitative Work Package

    Lumsden, K.
    Commissioned by Gloucestershire Police. 10 pages
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports
  • ‘Sorry, I’m Dead, it’s Too Late Now’: Barriers Faced by D/deaf Citizens When Accessing Police Services

    Lumsden, K., Black, A.
    Disability & Society, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 476-495
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research

Research Overview

Karen has conducted extensive funded research, consultancy and evaluations on policing, victims and victimization (including domestic abuse), digital media and online harms, and evidence-based policing. Her research has been published in international sociology and criminology journals including for example: Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Research, Policing & Society, Mobilities, Sociological Research Online, Theoretical Criminology and Disability & Society.

She has researched and published on interpersonal cyber-crimes such as trolling, online harassment and abuse, and also police officers' views of cyber-crime. She co-edited the collection, Online Othering, which explores case studies of digital violence and discrimination on the web and was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

Karen is also an expert in qualitative research methods. Her second monograph, Reflexivity: Theory, Method and Practice, was published by Routledge in 2019. She also co-edited, Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

She is currently co-editing a collection on Crafting Autoethnography: Processes and Practices of Making Self and Culture with Dr Jackie Goode and Dr Jan Bradford, to be published by Routledge late 2022.

Karen is also 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.

 

 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.


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Sociology

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Sociology
  • Digital Media
  • Victimology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Karen is currently completing 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.

Past Research

Karen's early doctoral research was an ethnography of boy racers in Aberdeen and the social reaction to their behaviour. The research shed light on the common misconceptions concerning car modification (sub)cultures, which are labelled as deviant, risky and dangerous and whose rituals have helped fuel the myth of the boy racer. A monograph of this research, Boy Racer Culture: Youth, Masculinity and Deviance, was published by Routledge in 2013.

Knowledge Exchange

Karen has over 10 years' experience of knowledge exchange and public engagement with police organisations in the UK. While in the East Midlands, she fostered external working relationships with police constabularies including Nottinghamshire Police, Leicestershire Police, West Midlands Police, Northamptonshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, and the College of Policing.

While at Loughborough University she co-founded the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and subsequently led the EMPAC Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection Network as part of a HEFCE and College of Policing 'Policing Knowledge Fund' (Co-I £862,620). Karen also led the Policing Research Network at Loughborough University and was PI on an application for a mini-centre for doctoral training - 'Policing For the Future: Socio-Technical Resilience and Innovation'. This involved the award of £350,000 for five fully funded interdisciplinary PhD studentships.

Examples of research and evaluative work for police organisations and other partners over the past five years include:

  • Evaluation of Operation Tutelage for Gloucestershire Police and the Roads Policing Network;
  • Research on Active Citizenship and Migration: Development of Good Practice Guidelines on the Benefits of Involving Community Perspectives on Roma Migration and Integration Post-Brexit (with C. Tileaga, J. Aldridge, and S. Popoviciu);
  • Evaluation of West Midlands Police Early Intervention and Prevention Delivery Plan (with H. Trivedi and G. Hyde-Dryden);
  • Research on EU Migrants’ Experiences of Hate Crime in Lincolnshire Post-Brexit Vote: Police Support and Responses to Victims for Lincolnshire Police (with A. Black);
  • Research on PLOD and Video Relay for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Evaluating What Works and Best Practice for Leicestershire Police (with A. Black);

Karen is currently on the Advisory Group of the Road Policing Research Network at Keele University and is a member of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).

She has also delivered advanced research methods training to academics, social researchers and research professionals via the Social Research Association, and to police officers and staff via EMPAC and West Midlands Police.

Supervision

At Loughborough University Karen co-supervised four PhD students to successful completion in sociology and criminology:

2019: Sian Lewis - Sexual Harassment on the London Underground

2018: Austin Li - China’s Skateboarding Youth Culture as an Emerging Culture Industry

2017: Herminder Kaur - Disabled Adolescents’ Use of the Internet

2017: John Whittle - Social Networking, Friendship and Education

Funding and Grants

2022. Evaluation of Operation Tutelage. £11,200. Gloucestershire Police and Roads Policing Academic Network, UK.

2020-22. Principal Investigator. Breaking Bad News: A Qualitative Study of Frontline Police Work with the Bereaved. £9955. Leverhulme Trust funded British Academy Small Grant.

2019. Principal Investigator. LIASON Bid. £1000. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Leicester, UK.

2018-19. Prinicpal Investigator. Building an Evidence-Base for the Policing of Interpersonal Cyber-Violence: Examining the Experiences of Perpetrators in relation to the use of Digital Tools in Domestic Abuse and Stalking. £4043. College Research Development Fund, University of Leicester, UK.

2018-19. Co-Investigator. Active Citizenship and Migration: Development of Good Practice Guidelines on the Benefits of Involving Community Perspectives on Roma Migration and Integration Post-Brexit. £36,567. Enterprise Project Grant funded via a Higher Education Innovation Fund, Loughborough University, UK (with Tileaga, Cristian (PI), Salomea Popoviciu (Co-I), Karen Lumsden (Co-I) and Jo Aldridge (Co-I)).

2018. Co-Investigator. Improving the Health of Our Online Civic Culture: New Frontiers in the Social and Information Sciences (The Online Civic Culture CDT). £350,000. Loughborough University, UK (with Chadwick, Andrew (PI), Louise Cooke (Co-I), John Downey (Co-I), Suzanne Elayan (Co-I), Tom Jackson (Co-I), Karen Lumsden (Co-I), Simone Natale (Co-I), Martin Sykora (Co-I), Cristian Tileaga (Co-I), Cristian Vaccari (Co-I)).

2016. Principal Investigator. Conference on Online Othering: The Dark Side of the Web. £1750. Internal funding from the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, Loughborough University, UK (with Emily Harmer (Co-I)).

2016-17. Principal Investigator. An Evaluation of West Midlands Police Early Intervention and Prevention Delivery Plan. £38,000. West Midlands Police, UK (with Helen Trivedi (PI) and Georgia Hyde-Dryden (Co-I)).

2015-17. Co-Investigator. East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC). £862,620. College of Policing and HEFCE Policing Knowledge Fund. Lead of the Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection Network at Loughborough University (with University of Northampton (PI)).

2015-18. Prinicpal Investigator. Policing for the Future: Socio-Technical Resilience and Innovation. (Mini centre in doctoral training). £350,000 Loughborough University, UK (with 9 Co-Investigators from across Loughborough University). 

2015. Principal Investigator. Victims’ Journeys through the Criminal Justice System. £3000. Enterprise Project Grant awarded via a Higher Education Innovation Fund, Loughborough University, UK.

2015. Principal Investigator. Qualitative Methods Courses for Police Officers. £2000. Enterprise Project Grant awarded via a Higher Education Innovation Fund. Loughborough University, UK.

2015-17. Co-Investigator. Loughborough University Advanced Training Courses in Social Sciences: Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography. £28,999. ESRC Non-Standard FEC Grant (with Downey, John (PI) and other Loughborough academics (Co-Is)).

2014-15. Principal Investigator. Nottinghamshire Police and Loughborough University Strategic Partnership Development. £117,179. Enterprise Project Grant funded via a Higher Education Innovation Fund. Loughborough University, UK.

2014. Principal Investigator. East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration Launch Event. £1750. Internal funding via Secure & Resilient Societies Research Challenge, Loughborough University, UK.

2014. PrincipaI Investigator. Media Representations of Crash for Cash Insurance Fraud and Organized Crime. £2232. Internal funding via School of Social Political and Geographical Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

2013. PrincipaI Investigator. Crash for Cash Insurance Fraud and Organized Crime. £1358. Internal funding via School of Social Political and Geographical Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

Teaching

Programmes

Teaching Responsibilities

Karen teaches on various sociology and criminology undergraduate courses at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently developing and delivering teaching on the new MA Sociology and Criminology for the 2022-23 academic year.

She is also developing Masters level teaching for the new MSc Criminology & Society which begins in 2023.

Karen is also the Recruitment Officer and Access & Articulation Officer for the Department of Sociology.

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Karen has extensive experience of delivering qualitative research methods and academic skills training including undergraduate, Masters and doctoral teaching on qualitative research methods, contributing to social research methods summer schools, and ESRC doctoral training centres.

Examples of courses delivered include: qualitative design, qualitative interviewing, qualitative data analysis, thematic analysis, ethnographic methods and observation, narratives and storytelling, narrative analysis, participatory action research, and reflexivity.

She has also designed and delivered qualitative research methods training to social research and consultancy organisations, charities, government, and NGOs via the Social Research Association, and has delivered research methods training to police officers and staff including via the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and for West Midlands Police.

Publications

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  • Reflexivity and Feminism in Social Research: Its Legacy and its Current Role in the Context of Fast Academia and the Managerial University

    Lumsden, K.
    Intersectional Feminist Research Methodologies. Nyhagen, L., Cooke, J. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • How to Adapt Conventional Methodologies to an Online Format: Focus Groups

    Lumsden, K.
    SAGE Research Methods. Snee, H. (ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • How to Conduct Asynchronous Interviews

    Lumsden, K.
    SAGE Research Methods. Snee, H. (ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Evaluation of Operation Tutelage: Qualitative Work Package

    Lumsden, K.
    Commissioned by Gloucestershire Police. 10 pages
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports
  • ‘Sorry, I’m Dead, it’s Too Late Now’: Barriers Faced by D/deaf Citizens When Accessing Police Services

    Lumsden, K., Black, A.
    Disability & Society, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 476-495
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Becoming and Unbecoming an Academic: Performative Autoethnography of Struggles Against Imposter Syndrome From Early to Mid-Career in the Neoliberal University

    Lumsden, K.
    The Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education. Addison, M., Breeze, M., Taylor, Y. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 577-592, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Crafting Autoethnography: Processes and Practices of Making Self and Culture

    Lumsden, K., Goode, J., Bradford, J.
    Routledge, London
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Reflections and Confessions on the Making of a Performative Autoethnography: University Professional Development Reviews and the Academic Self

    Lumsden, K.
    Crafting Autoethnography. Lumsden, K., Goode, J., Bradford, J. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Rhythms, Sociabilities and Transience of Sexual harassment in Transport: Mobilities Perspectives of the London Underground

    Lewis, S., Saukko, P., Lumsden, K.
    Gender place and culture, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 277-298
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Emotional Labour in Policing

    Lumsden, K., Black, A.
    Emotional Labour in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Phillips, J., Westaby, C., Fowler, A., Waters, J. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
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