Karen Morrow LLB, LLM was educated at the Queen’s University of Belfast and King’s College London. She has lectured at the Universities of Buckingham, Durham and Leeds and the Queen’s University of Belfast and has been Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University since 2007. Karen's research interests focus on theoretical and practical aspects of public participation in environmental law and policy and on gender and the environment. She has published extensively on a range of environmental issues in both legal and interdisciplinary contexts.She was founding co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, and the IUCN e-journal. She is a founder member and part of the core team of the related Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE).
She serves on the editorial boards of the Environmental Law Review and the University of Western Australia Law Review. She is a series editor for Edward Elgar's Critical Reflections on Human Rights and the Environment series. She is an associate member of the Monash European and EU Law Centre and has held visiting faculty status at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. She was a member (2013-2016) of the EU’s COST network working group on “Gender, Science, Technology and Environment” (genderSTE). She was a founding member of the Environmental and Planning law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) and is a member of the United Kingdom Enviornmental Law Association (UKELA). Karen has successfully supervised a number of post-graduate research students in her main research areas at Swansea and as a guest expert supervisor at the EUI in Florence.
She has acted as an external examiner for PhDs in law and in cross-disciplinary environmental studies at a variety of institutions across Europe. She has acted as an external REF assessor for a number of institutions.
In 2017 she acted as an external assessor for the Centres of Excellence Programme in Law for the Finish Government’s national Academy and was part of the judging panel of the Irish and Northern Irish Government funded Irish Diaspora student writing awards.