August 2013

* Hester and Olivia along with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh have co-organised three part session for the 2013 RGS-IBG conference, London (27 - 30th Aug): 'New Frontiers of Geographical Knowledge and Practice? Exploring Creative Methods and Encounter' sponsored by Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group. Further details about the sessions and papers can be found at:

* At the end of the month Hester and Olivia will attending the RGS-IBG conference in London (27 - 30th) and will present a paper entitled, ' Inserting audio stories into spaces of silence'

* Hester and Olivia along with members of the Engineer Theatre Collective cast and Sandra Brown and colleagues from the Moira Anderson Foundation will take part in a post show talk for the award winning Engineer Theatre Collective production 'Missing' at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival, 22nd August at the underbelly.

July 2013

* Throughout July the team are busy delivering UK wide police training on missing persons. In Scotland Penny and Nick will input into the Sergeants Leadership Programme at Scottish Police College and in England will deliver training on missing persons to PolSA's via the Police National Search Centre.

* On the 12th July the team have been invited to deliver a professional development input to the UK Missing Persons Bureau and former NPIA units including Crime Operational Support staff. Nick and Penny will deliver this at the home of the UKMPB, Bramshill

* Olivia will be attending the Emotional Geographies conference in Groningen (1 - 3rd July) and will present a paper also on behalf of Hester entitled, 'No News Today': the uses of ambiguous emotion and the absent presence of missing people'.

* Hester and Olivia were interviewed by members of the award winning Engineer Theatre Collective for their new production 'Missing' due to feature at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival.

* The team are busy writing over the summer 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...

May 2013

* Organised by the Geographies of Missing People project team a one day seminar on Missing Persons in the EU will be held on the 17th May 2013 in Brussels. The Programme includes presentations from international experts from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK - for more information visit

* Preparations are underway for the Geographies of Missing People project launch. This will take place in June (18 - 20) at the 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults: 'Working across Borders'. For more information about the launch to follow, but for conference details and speakers please visit:

June 2013

* On 19th June the Geographies of Missing People team launches research findings via a presentation and evening reception at the '1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults: 'Working Across Borders'. Findings from the project will be delivered via multiple resources, but include a report that contains research materials that draws on 45 in-depth interviews with people reported as missing and who have returned. Also available ‘Missing People, Missing Voices: Stories of Missing Experience’, an audio and textual resource produced via the use of verbatim words of returned missing adults aimed at breaking the silence around missing experiences. These resources are available to view and download via our website, as well as Missing People and UKMPB.

* On day two of 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults: 'Working Across Borders' the research team both facilitated the session ‘Missing Geographies’ and presented research finding alongside invited speakers, Professor Jenny Edkins and discussant Jacqui Karn. For more details visit

* The team is engaged with Missing People and there will be a family event to take place later in the year. Check back for further details

April 2013

* The 'Geographies of missing people project' team were given a Scottish Government sponsored, Scottish Policing Award for the 'Applied policing research' category. It was highly competitive, but the research was singled out for its excellence and innovation. We were awarded this prestigious annual award by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill. Hester and Olivia collected the prize for the academic-police researcher team at Tulliallan Castle, the home of the Scottish Police College.

* The Project Team travel to Washington DC to participate in a joint Centre for Evidence Based Crime Policy and SIPR Symposium at George Mason University (see, We hope to see you there!

* Olivia and Penny travel to Washington DC to facilitate and deliver a networking and knowledge exchange session 'Missing Persons: Spatial Profiling & Narratives of Missing Experiences'. The session will present findings from the research project so far and provide opportunities for sharing, developing and implementing this work in a wider international multi-disciplinary context. For more information click:

* Hester will present ‘No news today: the use of ambiguous emotion and the absent presence of missing people’, 17 April, University of Edinburgh, Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building.

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