• 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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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 Social, Criminal and Legal 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 www.karenlorimer.com  @KLO_12 She is a member of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), and co-coordinates the thematic group 'Gender and Sexuality'. 

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).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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


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