Department of Social Sciences
Specialist area(s) of research:
Victims, witnesses and public protection, anti-social behaviour, youth driving behaviours (including boy racers and illegal street racing), youth crime, social media, cyber-crime, online harassment, body worn cameras, frontline responses to domestic violence, evidence-based policing, and police-academic partnerships.
Karen is also an expert in qualitative research methods (particularly ethnography) providing training to academics and practitioners for use in applied settings. She has also published on the adoption of an evidence-base in the policing context and the impact this has on both police officers and researchers in terms of methodologies, knowledge construction, and the transfer of findings into policy and practice.
Link(s) to research relevant to policing/public safety:
Karen is the Academic Lead for the EMPAC Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection Network. She is also the lead of the Policing Research Group at Loughborough University http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/policing/ and a mini-centre for doctoral training on ‘Policing for the Future’.
She is currently overseeing four projects for the EMPAC Victims Network which includes:
- Domestic violence training for frontline officers;
- An evaluation of Leicestershire Police Integrated Vulnerability and Mental Health Initiative;
- Social media, online abuse and harassment;
- Offender motivations for street robbery offences;
Lumsden, K. and Goode, J. (forthcoming) Policing Research and the Rise of the ‘Evidence-Base’: Police Officer and Staff Understandings of Research, its Implementation and ‘What Works’, Sociology.
Goode, J. and Lumsden, K. (2016) The McDonaldisation of Police-Academic Partnerships: Organisational and Cultural Barriers Encountered in Moving from Research on Police to Research with Police, Policing & Society. iFirst: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2016.1147039
Lumsden, K. (2015) (Re)civilizing the Young Driver: Technization and Emotive Automobility, Mobilities 10(1): 36-54.
Lumsden, K. (2014) Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation and the Policing of Boy Racers: Dispersal Orders and Seizure of Vehicles, Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice 8(2): 135-143.
Lumsden, K. (2013) Policing the Roads: Traffic Cops, Boy Racers and Antisocial Behaviour, Policing & Society 23(2): 204-221.
Lumsden, K. (2013) Boy Racer Culture: Youth, Masculinity and Deviance, London: Routledge.
For open access to my publications see my Academia page: http://lboro.academia.edu\KarenLumsden/
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