October 2012

* The web-stories call launched in September and featured in numerous media outlets http://www.geographiesofmissingpeople.org.uk/dissemination/media. If you are over 18-years-old and have a direct experience of being reported as missing, join this research project and write down your story www.geographiesofmissingpeople.org.uk/missingstories

* The project also featured on the ESRC homepage and in their 'Impacts and Finding' section: Read the article

* Family interviews begin this month

* The team meet with the National Search Centre to discuss the development of missing persons training packages.

* We are delighted that Dr Veerle Pashley from the University of Brussels has confirmed as a speaker for the EU Missing Workshop, to be held next year (May 17th 2013) in Brussels. Please check back for further updates on the workshop...

September 2012

* Olivia and Nick present to the European Chapter of the FBI in Brussels (5-6th September) on 'The Police Response to reports of Missing People - research on current practice'

* Interviews with families of missing adults begin later this month.

* This month nationwide call for ‘Missing’ Stories was launched.

The charity Missing People welcomes and supports this latest campaign by a research project team in Glasgow and Dundee Universities, who today have launched a nationwide call asking adults who have an experience of being reported as missing to 'tell their story' via their website.

Stories or emails are deposited directly through the project website and will help develop valuable learning resources about people reported as missing.

Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive of the Charity Missing People said: "We know that there are a variety of reasons why people going missing in the UK, and this additional research should provide valuable analysis to help us better support them and their families.

"A wider understanding of the way a missing person's life develops whilst they are away, as well as detail on the reasons for their disappearance, should provide a very positive contribution to current research on the issue"

If you have a direct experience of being reported as missing, then this is your chance to tell your story. To find out more about the project, and how your story might make a difference, click the link on the home page of the website.

July 2012

* Interviews with returned London mispers continue.

* The team have been approached by BBC Scotland’s Good morning Scotland breakfast show for a live radio interview. Olivia and Penny can be heard live on 4th July at around 7:40am http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hf7

* The Evening Times newspaper ran story on the project which featured on 4th July. The article can be accessed here: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/mobile/news/project-to-solve-mystery-of-the-missing.18050740

August 2012

* The mail-out to families of people reported as missing in Grampian is going ahead in August and Penny Woolnough of the Grampian Police is helping to project administer this.

* Towards the end of August via the project website and the charity Missing People, the team launches a nationwide call for missing stories from adult's who have an experience of being reported as missing. The team hopes asking adults to 'tell a story' about being reported as missing via the website may be an easier way for some people to relay their experiences. Stories will be used for educational, training and awareness raising purposes. More information and launch date to follow...

June 2012

* Interviews with returned London mispers continue.

* The team will meet at the Home Office in London with the Advisory Group to discuss their officer interview and case study materials and project progress.

* The team have co-organised two double sessions for the 2012 RGS-IBG conference, Edinburgh (3-5 July): ‘Policing' geographies: engendering securities and insecurities’ sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and ‘“And now, the end is near": geographies of dying and death’ sponsored by Geography of Health Research Group. The project will also feature in two other sessions at the conference. In the session ‘Impact Statements / Critical Pathways to Impact’, Penny Woolnough will draw on project examples to discuss the importance of engagement with end users, during the design, conduction and dissemination of research, to maximise impact. Hester Parr will present in John Wylie (University of Exeter) and Paul Harrison’s (Durham University) ‘Absence’ sessions. Further details about the sessions and papers can be found at: www.rgs.org

* From this month, for a month, three intern-students will be involved in the research. Dr Woolnough has an MSc student from Liverpool University undertaking research using Grampian Police missing person cancellation forms. The research aims to explore the behaviours exhibited by adults while they are missing using the statistical profiling technique Smallest Space Analysis. Hester Parr and Olivia Stevenson will supervise two undergraduate 'student interns', Sophie Shuttleworth and Ailsa Deans, who have been selected from a competitive pool of students for the annual 'Geographical and Earth Science Prize Internship’ scheme at the University of Glasgow. Using collected interview material from London mispers Sophie and Ailsa will transcribe, code and analyse two interviews in relation to their geographical relevance, and then help to recompose interview accounts into a 'story'. This is furthering the experimental work the team is engaged with, connected to the use of 'storying' for social purpose.

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