Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


The sociology of crime, deviance and policing
The sociology of crime, deviance and policing
The sociology of crime, deviance and policing
The sociology of crime, deviance and policing
The sociology of crime, deviance and policing

Research Rising Star - Karen Lumsden

  • The sociology of crime, deviance and policing

Dr Karen Lumsden joined Loughborough University in 2013, having previously held posts at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Abertay Dundee.

An alumna of the University of Aberdeen, she graduated with a PhD in Sociology, a Masters in Social Research, a MA (Hons) in Sociology, and a PGCE in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

Her PhD – exploring the culture of boy racers in Aberdeen and the common misconceptions about them – formed the basis of her groundbreaking study Boy Racer Culture: Youth, Masculinity and Deviance published by Routledge in 2013.

Karen has also published on research methods, particularly contributing to discussions of reflexivity in social research and criminology - including the co-edited collection Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and a forthcoming monograph, Reflexivity: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge, 2016).

Her wide-ranging research interests include crime and deviance, policing, youth culture, car culture, and social media. Two key elements of her current work are the emerging criminal behaviours associated with social networking – including forms of cyber-abuse such as trolling and sexism online – and police use of social media.

Her expertise in crime and policing has led to a variety of key appointments. She is Director of the Policing Research Group, sits on the East Midlands Police and Academic Collaboration Governance Board, and is Lead Academic of the Mini-Centre for Doctoral Training – Policing for the Future: Socio-Technical Resilience and Innovation. She is also leading a HEIF-funded project investigating police-academic partnerships and knowledge transfer.

She is also a member of the University’s Cultural Communities, Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship Research Group; British Sociological Association; British Society of Criminology; and Society of Evidence Based Policing. Karen is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Associate Board of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology journal.

A regular contributor to media discussions – appearing on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Radio Cornwall – her work has also featured in local and national press reports in The Times, The Mail on Sunday, the Aberdeen Press and Journal and the Aberdeen Evening Express.

Karen has also been invited as a keynote speaker at events including the annual Road Safety GB Young Driver Conference in 2013, and a consultation event organised by the Muslim Women’s Network UK and the Government Equalities Office on Women – Media, Sexism and Online Abuse in January 2014.