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Karen Lorimer


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Dr Karen Lorimer (BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, PGCAP, FHEA) is a Reader in Social Science and Health, in the School of Health & Life Sciences.  She is a medical sociologist, interested in sexual health, sexual wellbeing, masculinities, capability approach and gender-based violence.

Karen is an active member of the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Research Group and the Justice, Violence and Gender Research Group. She is a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses, and is a member of the Scottish Government's National Monitoring and Research Group (NMRG).  

She runs the Sexual Health Research Network, and twitter @SHRN_UK with a popular podcast series and has her own site  @KLO_12 She is a member of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). 

Karen completed the PGCert in Academic Practice in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is now alumni of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Young Academy of Scotland (2011-2016) and Global Young Academy (2013-2018).


  • Medicine and Health
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sexual health
  • Gender and Sexuality

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Research Output 2009 2019

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Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative Study

McDaid, L., Hunt, K., McMillan, L., Russell, S., Milne, D., Ilett, R. & Lorimer, K., 12 Mar 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Holistic Health
Reproductive Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
9 Downloads (Pure)

A rapid review of sexual wellbeing definitions and measures: should we now include sexual wellbeing freedom?

Lorimer, K., DeAmicis, L., Dalrymple, J., Frankis, J., Jackson, L. J., Lorgelly, P., McMillan, L. & Ross, J., 2019, In : Journal of Sex Research. 56, 7, p. 843-853

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reproductive Health
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How men and women learn about sex: multi-generational perspectives on insufficient preparedness and prevailing gender norms in Scotland

Patterson (nee Martin), S., McDaid, L., Hunt, K., Hilton, S., Flowers, P., McMillan, L., Milne, D. & Lorimer, K., 7 Nov 2019, In : Sex Education. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sex education
sociocultural factors
29 Downloads (Pure)

Measuring experience and outcomes in patients reporting sexual violence who attend a healthcare setting: a systematic review

Caswell, R. J., Ross, J. D. C. & Lorimer, K., 20 Aug 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections. 95, 6, p. 419-427 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sex Offenses
Delivery of Health Care
Bibliographic Databases
Patient Participation
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Exploring masculinities, sexual health and wellbeing across areas of high deprivation in Scotland: the depth of the challenge to improve understandings and practices

Lorimer, K., McMillan, L., McDaid, L., Milne, D., Russell, S. & Hunt, K., Mar 2018, In : Health and Place. 50, p. 27-41 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reproductive Health