Dr Karen Washington-Dyer

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice


I began my career with Wrexham’s youth service before becoming a full-time mature student on the very course I now lecture on.

After completing my degree, I went on to complete further postgraduate study, and was awarded my PhD ‘New’ terrorism and the implications for perceptions of Islam among different faith groups: A qualitative study in 2016.

My employment background includes working in youth services, the mental health service and also working alongside the probation service to help resettle sex offenders into the community once released from custody.

Outside of work I enjoy football (watching, not playing!), exercise, particularly yoga, visits to the beautiful Welsh coast and just generally being bossed around by my Labradoodle puppy.


BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

PhD 2016


The culture of control

The politics of fear

The terrorist threat

Hate crime

The role of faith in desistance



BA (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice




University of Salford: Gorden, C., Lockwood, K., Madoc-Jones, I., Dubberley, S., Hughes, C., and Washington-Dyer, K., Wilding, M. and Ahmed, A.  Preventing Homelessness among Women Prison Leavers in Wales: addressing the multiple and complex needs of women in an age of austerity. European Journal of Criminology, 2020

Madoc-Jones, I., Ahmed,A., Hughes, C., Dubberley,S., Gorden, C., Washington-Dyer,K., Lockwood, K., and Wilding, M (2020) Imaginary prison prevention with prison leavers. Journal of Social Policy and Society vol 9 (1)

Madoc-Jones, I., Gorden, C., Hughes, C., Dubberley, S., Washington-Dyer, K., Ahmed, A., Lockwood, K. and Wilding, M. (2019) Rethinking Preventing Homelessness amongst Prison Leavers. European Journal of Probation. Vol. 10 (3).

Madoc-Jones, I., Hughes, C., Dubberley, S., Gorden, C., Washington-Dyer, K., Wilson, F., Ahmed, A., Lockwood, K., and Wilding, M. (2018) Evaluation of homelessness services to adults in the secure estate. Welsh Government, Government Social Research. 37/2018.