Dr Karen Duke
BA (Hon) MPhil PhD FRSA
Prior to joining Middlesex, I worked as a researcher in the Home Office Research and Planning Unit and was involved in two major studies on refugee settlement in Britain. Since then, my research has focused on the following areas: the interface between drugs, alcohol and criminal justice policy; drugs and alcohol policy in prisons; the shifts in the ideologies, discourses, and practices of drug treatment professionals; the relationship between research and policy; harm reduction in prisons; the shift towards ‘recovery’ in drugs policy and practice; and stakeholders in addictions policy.I have conducted research for the Home Office, Department of Health, Central Drugs Co-ordination Unit, and the Royal Society of the Arts. I am currently co-leading a Work Package on stakeholder analyses in the drugs and alcohol field (EU FP7 funded project) which involves six European countries including Denmark, Finland, Italy, Poland, Austria and the UK. I am also one of the Editors-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal: Drugs: education, prevention and policy.
My main areas of teaching are in the areas of drugs and criminal justice. I am the Programme Leader for the BA Youth Justice. I am the Module Leader for CRM 4740 Drugs, Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) and CRM 3520 Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice. I also supervise a number of undergraduate dissertation students and MPhil/PhD students across a range of topics.
- 2000 PGCERT (Higher Education), Middlesex University
- 1999 PhD 'Containing contradictions: the development of prison drug policy in England since 1980', Middlesex University
- 1991 MPhil Criminology, University of Cambridge
- 1990 BA (Hon) Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
- Principal Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University - current
- 2001-2006 Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University
- 1998-2001 Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University
- 1994-1998 Research Fellow, Middlesex University
- 1992-1994 Researcher, Home Office Research and Planning Unit
- 1989-1990 Researcher (PT), National Parole Board of Canada, Saskatoon, Canada
- 1989-1990 Research Assistant (PT), Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
- Duke, K. (2003). Drugs, Prisons and Policy-Making. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Refereed journal articles
- Duke, K., Herring, R., Thickett, A., and Thom, B. (2013) 'Substitution treatment in an era of recovery: an analysis of stakeholder roles and policy windows', Substance Use and Misuse, 48 (11): 966-976.
- Thom, B., Duke, K., Asmussen Frank, V., and Bjerge, B. (2013) 'Stakeholders in opioid substitution treatment policy: similarities and differences in six European countries', Substance Use and Misuse, 48(11): 933-942
- Duke, K. (2012) 'From crime to recovery: the reframing of British drugs policy?', Journal of Drug Issues, 43(1): 1-17.
- Duke, K. (2010) 'Clashes in Culture: the professionalization and criminalization of the drugs workforce', British Journal of Community Justice, Special Edition, 8 (2): 31-43.
- Duke, K. (2006) 'Out of crime and into treatment?: The criminalisation of contemporary drug policy since Tackling Drugs Together', Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 13 (5) 409-15.
- Duke, K. (2005). Deja vu?: opportunities and obstacles in developing alcohol policy in English prisons. Drugs: education, prevention and policy, 12 (5): 417-430.
- Duke, K. (2002). Getting beyond the 'official line': reflections on dilemmas of access, knowledge, and power in researching policy networks. Journal of Social Policy, 31(1): 39-59.
- Duke, K. (2001). Evidence-based policy-making?: the interplay between research and the development of prison drugs policy. Criminal Justice, 1(3): 277-300.
- Duke, K. (2000). Shifting agendas and policy networks: the case of prison drugs policy. Drugs: Education, prevention and policy, 7(4): 398-408.
Chapters in edited collections:
- Duke, K. (2011) 'Re-conceptualizing harm reduction in prisons', in Fraser, S. and Moore, D. (eds)The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Duke, K. (2009) "The focus on crime and coercion in UK drug policy", in MacGregor, S. (ed). Responding to Drugs Misuse: Research and Policy Priorities in Health and Social Care. London: Routledge.
- Duke, K. (2013) Evidence, experts and advocates: the case of substitution treatment policy in Britain - Paper presented at Under Control? alcohol and drug regulation, past and present, London School of Hygienceand Tropical Medicine, 21-23 June 2013.
- Duke, K. (2012) Substitute prescribing in the era of 'recovery': a preliminary analysis of stakeholder roles and policy windows – Paper presented at the 38th Annual Kettil Bruun Society Conference, Stavanger, 4-8 June 2012.
- Duke, K. (2009) Creating User-Centred Drug Services: the benefits and challenges', April 2009, Royal Society of Arts. - Invited speaker to seminar for senior policy-makers and practitioners.
- Duke, K (2009) Research-driven policy or policy-driven research? The case of prison drugs policy. Research for Government Training Course, HM Treasury.
- Duke, K. (2006) Research-driven policy or policy-driven research? The case of prison drugs policy. Research for Government Seminar, Cabinet Office.
- Duke, K. (2003). Containing Contradictions: Prison Drugs Policy since 1980. Drug and Alcohol Seminar Series, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
- Duke, K. (2000). Evidence-based policy-making?: Research utilisation and the development of prisons drugs policy. Social Policy Association Conference, University of Surrey.
- External Examiner for MSc Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Trinity College, Dublin 2008-2012
- Co-Editor-in-Chief of refereed journal, Drugs: education, prevention and policy
- Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA)
- Member of the American Society of Criminology, the British Society of Criminology, and the Social Policy Association
- Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Society.
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Honours and Prizes
- 1990-1991 Wakefield Scholarship in Criminology and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship
Programme Leader for BA Youth Justice
Module Leader for CRM 4315 Drugs, Crime and Criminology (DL) and Module Leader CRM 3330 Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice
Areas of current work:
The interface between drugs, alcohol and criminal justice policy; drug and alcohol policy in prisons; shifts in the ideologies, discourses, and practices of drug treatment professionals; harm reduction in prisons; personalisation and drug treatment; recovery and criminal justice; evidence-based policy-making; implementation of drugs and alcohol policy at local level; stakeholder analysis in addictions policy (EU funded FP7project 2011-2016: ALICE-RAP: Addictions Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project, Work Package on Stakeholder Analysis)