January 2014

Happy New Year!

* The 'Geographies of Missing people' project were very pleased to have their 'missing people, missing voices' resources - Stuart's story - read out at St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square Carol Service. The service is organised by the charity Missing People, the UK Missing Person's Bureau, and the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and is a widely attended annual event to remember all those who will be missed at Christmas.

* In December the 'Geographies of Missing People' team launched new research findings via a report 'Families living with absence: Searching for missing people'. The report contains research materials that draw on interviews with families living with missing experiences. This report is available to view and download via our website.

* In January the team are meeting with Kathleen Thomson of Police Scotland to brief her on the work we have been doing over the last 3 years with the police, returned missing people, and the families of missing people and discuss the potential for embedding our research findings in missing investigations for Scottish officers.

* In January Hester and Olivia will travel to London to meet with the KE project board of UK College of Policing and then travel to Harrogate to work with the Learning Strategy and Development Unit of the College to progress embedding our research in their training provision.

December 2013

* The Geographies of Missing People project team wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

* On Monday 9th December at St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square, the team is to attend the Carol Service organised by the charity Missing People, the UK Missing Person's Bureau and the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to remember all those who will be missed at Christmas.

* This month the team will be meeting with the project Advisory Group in London for the final time. The theme of the meeting will be 'research impact and project legacies'. We are reporting on research impacts and outputs over the course of the research and discussing future ambitions.

* This month Hester and Olivia will be presenting to the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG) at the University of Glasgow on the theme 'impact and research outcomes'.

* On Wednesday 18th December the Geographies of Missing People team launch new research findings via a report ‘Families living with absence: Searching for missing people’. The report contains research materials that draw on interviews with families living with missing experiences. This report is available to view and download via our website.

October 2013

* As winners of the SIPR Applied Policing Research Award, this month see's the Geographies of Missing People team present on their research findings and meet winners of the other categories for a workshop at the Scottish Police College (2nd October, 10.00 to 16.30).

* The team are busy writing and have been asked to contribute chapters to 'Missing Persons: a handbook of research'; 'Cultural Geographies'; 'Social and Cultural Geography', as well as have articles in review in 'Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice' and 'Cultural Geographies'. Publications will feature on the dissemination section of the website, so please check back from time to time for updates...

November 2013

* Preparations are underway for the Geographies of Missing People team to launch new research findings via a report 'Searching for missing people: Families living with missing experience'. The report contains research materials that draw on interviews with families living with missing experiences. The report will be available to view via our website and more details will be available at the end of this month, so be sure to check back.

* As part of follow on KE, Hester and Olivia will be meeting with representatives from the UK College of Policing and the National Search Centre for a planning meeting to devise ways forward for incorporating the project research findings into the Colleges police education materials for the missing persons module. The work is due to commence in February 2014.

September 2013

* Preparations are well underway for the 'Family Conference' organised by the Missing People Charity and with support from the Geographies of Missing People Project. This will take place in September (7th) in London. Hester and Olivia will be sharing findings from our research and delivering a workshop: 'Sharing and remembering your missing person'. For more information on the day and speakers please visit: https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/missing-people/families-and-friends/family-support-days

* From 2014 the project team have secured follow on funding for the Glasgow team to work with the UK College of Policing to develop police education materials for the missing person's module.

Economic and Social Research Council University of Glasgow University of Dundee Scottish Institute for Policing Research