Dr Karen Lumsden
Lecturer in Sociology
PhD in Sociology, MRes, MA (Hons) and PGCE from the University of Aberdeen
Tel: +44 (0)1509 228372
Karen joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Sociology in 2013. She was previously a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay Dundee and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. Karen has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen.
She is a member of the Crime Science Research Group and the Cultural Communities, Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship (CulCom) Group at Loughborough University, the British Sociological Association, the British Society of Criminology, Brunel Moral Panic Studies Network, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Karen is also on the Associate Board of the BSA Sociology journal.
Karen’s research interests include crime and deviance, youth subcultures, car cultures, policing, moral panics and social networking. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study of boy racers in Aberdeen and the societal 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 Karen’s research, Boy Racer Culture: Youth, Masculinity and Deviance, was published by Routledge in 2013. Current research focuses on crash for cash insurance fraud and its relationship to organised crime.
Karen has discussed her research on BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed and BBC Radio Scotland, and has provided comments on illegal street racing and boy racers for reports in both local and national press.
- Social Research Methods
- Understanding Contemporary Societies
- Sociology in Policy and Practice
- Sociological Practice (Part B)
- Sociology dissertation supervisor
- Placement Coordinator for the Department of Social Sciences
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas: sociology of crime and deviance, sociology of mobilities, policing, moral panics, youth, subcultures. I also have particular expertise in ethnographic methods, feminist research and reflexivity.
- Lumsden, K. and Winter, A. (eds) (forthcoming 2014) Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilllan.
- Lumsden, K. (2014) ‘Speeding and Joy Riding’ in R. Atkinson (ed.) Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, London: Routledge, Chapter 18: Click here.
- Lumsden, K. (2013) '(Re)civilizing the Young Driver: Technization and Emotive Automobility', Mobilities. Online first. Click here.
- Lumsden, K. (2013) 'Survival of the Fastest: Ethical Dilemmas in Research with "Boy Racers"', YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research 21(3): 273-88. Special issue on the ethics of youth research: Click here.
- Lumsden, K. (2013) Boy Racer Culture: Youth, Masculinity and Deviance, London: Routledge. Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2013) ‘You Are What You Research: Researcher Partisanship and the Sociology of the Underdog’, Qualitative Research 13(1): 3-18.Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2013) 'Policing the Roads: Traffic Cops, Boy Racers and Antisocial Behaviour Legislation', Policing and Society 23(2): 204-21 Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2012) 'Fuelling the Panic: The Societal Reaction to Boy Racers', Working Paper No. 2012/1. Moral Panic Studies Network Working Paper Series, Brunel University, UK. Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2010) ‘Gendered Performances in a Male-Dominated Subculture: “Girl Racers”, Car Modification and the Quest for Masculinity’, Sociological Research Online 15(3). Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2009) ‘“Don’t Ask a Woman to Do Another Woman’s Job”: Gendered Interactions and the Emotional Ethnographer’, Sociology 43(3): 497-513. Click here
- Lumsden, K. (2009) ‘“Do We Look Like Boy Racers?” The Role of the Folk Devil in Contemporary Moral Panics’, Sociological Research Online 14(1). Click here.