Karen is Principal Lecturer in the school of Organisations, Economy and Society. She is Course Leader for the BSc Business Economics degree and UG Conversion Liaison. Karen spent a number of years as International Student Tutor promoting overseas studying opportunities to Westminster students and supporting incoming exchange students.
Before joining the University of Westminster in 2002, Karen was the Chief Economist at the Association of Coffee Producing countries, an inter-governmental organisation which aimed to promote the interests of coffee producing countries. Prior to this Karen spent five years with the Economist Intelligence Unit as their Commodities Editor. Karen also worked for CRU International, a leading provider of market analysis on the metals and minerals industry.
Karen was educated at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Sussex, where she gained a first class degree in economics. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Society of Professional Economists
Fellow Higher Education Academy
MSc Economics (London)
BA Economics (Sussex)
PGCert HE (Westminster)
BA Photography (Westminster)
Karen has been module leader for a number of modules over the years at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is currently module leader for ‘Crises and Controversies in Economics,’ 'Global Economic Issues' , ‘Development Economics‘ and 'International Economy' for undergraduates.
Karen has published widely on the non-ferrous metals industry, oil and coffee markets and has undertaken research and consultancy for Oxfam, Debt Relief International, Bank of England and the Economist Intelligence Unit in the field of commodity market economics.
Karen is Academic Lead and Editor for TRIBE, an online news curation service which is a teaching and learning resource, which aims to make the teaching and learning of business and economics more relevant to young people, by bridging the gap between classroom learning of economic and business theories and real world applications. The project was funded by the Commercial Education Trust.
Karen has written articles for the Times Higher Education (2019, 2018) and in Trought (2017) Brilliant Employability Skills.