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Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Strathclyde

Karen Richmond PhD, is a Doctoral Researcher with the Law School, University of Strathclyde. She is also engaged as a Research Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) at Technische Universität Graz. She is engaged as an Evidence and Jurisprudence tutor with the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and is completing a Postdoctoral Research project with the European Graduate School, Switzerland.

Her doctoral research explores the interactions between forensic science and law, focussing on the ways in which particular models of governance influence the construction of DNA profiling evidence. Research interests include the use of Bayesian networks to reconstruct evidential narratives, efficient forms of ‘streamlined’ forensic reporting, and the effects of ‘economic rationalisation’ on access to justice. Theoretical and methodological interests include legal autopoiesis, governmentality, theories of expertise, feminist epistemology, and visual legal research methods.

University of Edinburgh LLB (Hons)
University of Strathclyde LLM with Distinction (Advocacy)
University of Glasgow Diploma in Forensic Medical Science
University of Strathclyde PhD in Law by Research


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, TU Graz
  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, European Graduate School
  • 2017–present
    Tutor, University of Edinburgh
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Sciences


    University of Strathclyde, PhD by Research
  • 2014 
    University of Strathclyde, LLM with Distinction (Advocacy)
  • 2014 
    University of Glasgow, Diploma in Forensic Medical Science
  • 2012 
    University of Edinburgh, LLB (Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    University of Strathclyde
    Funding Source:
  • 2013
    Leverhulme Trust
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Professional Memberships

  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Royal College of Physicians of London

Research Areas

  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Forensic Statistics (010403)
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) (180120)