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Dr Karen Harrison

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Senior LecturerKaren Harrison
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Phone: +44 (0) 1482 46 6345
Office: 405 Wilberforce
Email Karen.harrison@hull.ac.uk
Qualifications LLB Hons (Wales), Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (Cardiff), PhD (Wales) PGCHE (Coventry)

Profile

Karen Harrison was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2011, having previously joined Hull as a Lecturer in 2009. Prior to this she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Wales – Aberystwyth (1999), Lecturer at Coventry University (2001), then Lecturer (2002) and Senior Lecturer (2005) at the University of the West of England – Bristol. She read law at the University of Wales – Aberystwyth (1994), undertook her Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff University (1998) and her PhD at Aberystwyth (1999). She completed her PG Cert in Higher Education in 2002.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • 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 Journal

Selected Publications

Books

  • Harrison K and Ryder N, The Law Relating to Financial Crime in the United Kingdom (Ashgate Publishing, 2013)
  • Harrison K, Dangerousness, Risk and the Governance of Serious Sexual and Violent Offenders (Routledge 2011)

Edited Books

  • Dingwall G and Harrison K, ‘Five Perspectives on Punishment’ (2014) 13 Special edition of Contemporary Issues in Law
  • Harrison K and Rainey B (eds), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sex Offender Treatment and Management. (Wiley-Blackwell 2013)
  • Harrison K (ed) Managing high-risk sex offenders in the community : risk management, treatment and social responsibility (Willan 2010)

Chapters in edited collections

  • Harrison K, ‘Sentencing High-Risk Sex Offenders: policy and legislation’ in Francis and Sanders (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offenders and Sex Offences (OUP Forthcoming) 
  • Harrison K and Rainey B, ‘Consent, compulsion and sex offenders: An ethical and rights based approach to the treatment and management of sex offenders’ in Ashford C, Reed A and Wake N (eds), Consent and Control: Legal Perspectives on State Power (Cambridge Scholars Publishing Forthcoming)
  • Harrison K. (2014) ‘Dangerousness and Mental Disorder’, in P. Taylor, K. Corteen and S. Morley (eds) A companion to criminal justice, mental health and risk. Bristol: Policy Press. 
  • Harrison K. (2013) ‘Sentencing Sex Offenders: an international comparison of sentencing policy and legislation’ in K. Harrison and B. Rainey (eds) The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sex Offender Treatment and Management. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Harrison, K. and Rainey, B. (2011) ‘Morality and Legality in the use of anti-androgenic pharmacotherapy with sex offenders’ in D. Boer et al. (eds) International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders. Theory, Practice and Research. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Harrison, K. (2011) ‘Sentencing Financial Crime in England and Wales’ in N. Ryder (ed) Financial Crime in the 21st Century – Law and Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Articles in refereed journals

Professional journal papers

  • Harrison K, ‘An overview of the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Sexual Offences Guideline’, Nota News, No. 70, July/August, 12.’ (2014) 70 Nota News 12
  • Harrison K, ‘Interview: Rachel Halford’ Prison Service Journal 43
  • Harrison K, ‘Interview: Phil Copple’ (2014) 215 Prison Service Journal 22
  • Harrison K, ‘An overview of the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Sexual Offences Guideline’ (2014) 73 Nota News 12
  • Harrison K and Johnstone H, ‘Editorial Comment - Young People in Custody’ (2011) Prison Service Journal
  • Rainey B and Harrison K, ‘Criminal record checks and compatibility with human rights update’’ (2013) 70 Nota News 12

Papers and lectures

  • Harrison K, ‘Unreported Abuse: the influence of ‘Shame’ on sexual abuse reporting rates’ (Inti International University, Malaysia, October 2015)
  • Harrison K, ‘Pharmacotherapy: practice, law and ethics’ (“Let’s Talk About Sex” in Sexual Offending Research & Practice, Lincoln University, 14th May 2015)
  • Harrison K, ‘Barriers to reporting sexual abuse in South Asian communities in England and Wales: An exploratory study’ (Inti International University, Malaysia, 18th March 2015)
  • Harrison K, ‘Barriers to reporting sexual violence in South Asian communities’ (British Criminology Conference, Liverpool, July 11 2014)
  • Harrison K, ‘Ethical considerations in the treatment of sexual offenders’ (Modern Law Review seminar - Consent, compulsion and sex offenders, Northumbria University, March 12 2014)
  • Harrison K, ‘Barriers to reporting Child Sexual Exploitation in South Asian communities’ (Modern Law Review Seminar - Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Offences, Offenders and Victims, Lancaster University, December 16 2013)
  • Harrison K, ‘Treating Sex Offenders: Legal and Ethical Concerns’ (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 32nd Conference, Chicago, Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2013)
  • Harrison K, ‘Governing Serious Offenders: recent developments in legislation in the UK’ (Max Planck Institute, Freiberg, May 16 2013)
  • Harrison K, ‘Anti-libidinal Medication in Managing Sexual Offenders (Keynote speaker)’ (New Directions in Sex Offender Practice Conference, Birmingham, October 8 2012)
  • Harrison K, ‘Sentencing Sex Offenders: An international comparison of sentencing policy and legislation’ (International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) Conference, Berlin, September 7 2012)

Research

Dr Harrison has research interests in all areas of penology and criminal justice, but particularly in sentencing, the death penalty, dangerous offenders and sex offenders. Her current research is focused on sex offenders, with several articles published on the use of pharmacotherapy (chemical castration) with high-risk sex offenders and the legal and ethical issues involved in sex offender treatment.  She is involved in an empirical projects looking at registered sex offenders in Humberside. D

Dr Harrison's empirical research project (with Professor Aisha Gill) on evaluating the barriers to reporting sexual violence in South Asian communities was featured in the Guardian. The research project also resulted in a one-day conference, held at the University of Hull in September 2015.

Her first monograph, Dangerousness, Risk and the Governance of Serious Sexual and Violent Offender, was published by Routledge in 2011. She is also the editor of Managing High-Risk Sex Offenders in the Community: risk, management, treatment and social responsibility (2010) and with Dr Bernadette Rainey editor of The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sex Offender Treatment and Management (2013). She is also the co-author of The Law Relating to Financial Crime(2013).

PhD Supervision

Dr Karen Harrison 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.

She has supervised students working on the involvement of the family in drugs policy; desistance and reintegration in sex offenders; restorative justice practices in Tanzania and young offenders in Vietnam.

Research News and Events

  • Dr Harrison received £8,940 from the British Academy for an investigation into The South Asian Community’s Response to Sexual Offending
  • Dr Harrison received a £150 funding grant from SPRET

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Criminal Law
  • Dangerousness, Offenders and Public Protection
  • Legal Systems and Method
  • Penology
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sexuality, Law and Gender
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