Karen Harrison

Dr Karen Harrison

Reader & Head of Law

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School

Qualifications

  • LLB (University of Wales)
  • PGDip (Cardiff University)
  • PhD (University of Wales)
  • PGCert (Coventry University)

Summary

Karen Harrison is a Reader in Law and currently the Head of the Law School. She has worked in the Law School at the University of Hull since 2009 and prior to that worked at the University of the West of England, Coventry University and the University of Wales - Aberystwyth.

Over the last 20 years she has established a national and international profile in sentencing and penal policy. She has written extensively on the legal and ethical implications of risk reduction and management strategies with high risk sex offenders and has recently completed an empirical project looking at why British South Asian women fail to report sexual abuse.

Dr Harrison is currently involved in evaluating the implementation of Body Worn Video in Humberside Police.

Undergraduate

661807 - Penology

Karen has been teaching for over 20 years and has taught a range of undergraduate Criminal Law and Criminal Justice related modules. In 2019, she was the winner of the Hull University Union Overall Outstanding Achievement Award for her teaching. She is committed to high quality teaching and an excellent student experience.

Journal Article

“I am talking about it because I want to stop it”: child sexual abuse and sexual violence against women in British South Asian communities

Gill, A. K., & Harrison, K. (2019). “I am talking about it because I want to stop it”: child sexual abuse and sexual violence against women in British South Asian communities. The British journal of criminology, 59(3), 511–529. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy059

Ethnic origin of the victim as an aggravating factor in sentencing sexual offenders

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2017). Ethnic origin of the victim as an aggravating factor in sentencing sexual offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 23(3), 300-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2016.1267271

Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2018). Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities. The British journal of criminology, 58(2), 273-290. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx027

Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities

Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2019). Policing the culture of silence: strategies to increase the reporting of sexual abuse in British South Asian communities. Policing and Society, 29(3), 302-317. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2017.1405958

Pharmacological treatment of patients with paraphilic disorders and risk of sexual offending: an international perspective

Turner, D., Petermann, J., Harrison, K., Krueger, R., & Briken, P. (2017). Pharmacological treatment of patients with paraphilic disorders and risk of sexual offending: an international perspective. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/15622975.2017.1395069

Postgraduate supervision

Karen would be interested in supervising research students on topics relating to prison, sex offenders, dangerous offenders, community penalties, young offenders and other aspects of sentencing.

Journal editorial role

Editorial board member - Journal of Sexual Aggression

2008

Editorial board member - Sexual Offender

2007

Editorial board member - Prison Service Journal

2009

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of Advance HE

2019

Called Barrister of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn

1998