Karen Harrison

Dr Karen Harrison

Senior Lecturer/ Subject Group Head - Law

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Karen Harrison has a keen interest in all areas of penology and criminal justice, but particularly in penal policy and practice.

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.

Her research is read by practitioners, policymakers and academics.


Research Interests

  • Penal policy and practice

  • Social Justice and ethics

  • Dangerous offenders

Research groups

Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice


Harrison K and Gill A (2017), 'Breaking Down Barriers: Recommendations for Improving Sexual Abuse Reporting Rates in British South Asian Communities', British Journal of Criminology, doi:10.1093/bjc/azx027.

Harrison K and Gill A (2017), ‘Ethnic Origin of the Victim as an Aggravating Factor in Sentencing Sexual Offenders’, Journal of Sexual Aggression, DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2016.1267271 .

Harrison K and Rainey B (2017), ‘Consent, Compulsion and Sex Offenders: An Ethical and Rights based Approach to the Treatment and Management of Sex Offenders’, in Ashford, Reed and Wakes (eds) Consent and Control: Legal Perspectives on State Power, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Harrison K (2017), ‘Sentencing High-Risk Sex Offenders: Policy and Legislation’, in Sanders (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offenders and Sex Offences, Oxford: OUP.

Gill A K, Harrison K (2016), ‘Police Responses to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in South Asian Communities’, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 1-10, DOI: 10.1093/police/paw027.

For a complete list of Dr Harrison's publications, please follow this link.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Criminal Law

  • Dangerousness, Offenders and Public Protection

  • Penology

  • Sexuality, Gender and Law

  • Systems of Justice

Research PhDs

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.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Darren Woodward, looking at the re-integrative and desistance experiences of convicted sex offenders

  • Enamul Hoque, looking at youth justice in Bangladesh

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

  • Member of the Institute of Educational Assessors

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB Hons (Wales)

  • Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (Cardiff)

  • PhD (Wales)

  • PGCHE (Coventry)

External roles

  • Member of the Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability steering group

  • Member of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and Called Barrister

  • Associate Editor of Sexual Offender Treatment

  • IATSO Editorial Board member of the Journal of Sexual Aggression

  • NOTA Book Review Editor for the Prison Service