May 2012

* The team are half way through completing interviews with returned london mispers.

* Nick Fyfe had been appointed to the board for the new centre of missing studies at Portsmouth and Hester Parr is working closely with the centre to organise the 'geographies of missing people' strand of the international conference to be held in June 2013.

* In June 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.

* We have just been invited to meet with and present project findings to the FBI at a European knowledge exchange event in September.

April 2012

* In April Nick and Penny are presenting at the Joint Annual Missing Children and Adults Conference: ‘Prevention, Protection, Provision’, in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry. This year's annual conference is hosted by the Missing Persons Bureau, Missing People, CEOP and the COMPACT Group and will attract academics, practitioners and policy-makers who work in the area of missing people. http://www.npia.police.uk/en/18793.htm

* As part of the University of Dundee Space and Society Research Group (SSRG) seminar series and in conjunction with SIPR, Nick has organised a missing persons workshop on 25th April. The workshop will bring together academics whose work cuts across different aspects of missing research. The workshop will include presentations from Professor Sue Black, Maria Maclennan, as well as the Geographies of Missing People Research team.

* Olivia and Hester will begin interviews with people reported as missing in London in April.

February 2012

* Olivia begins interviews with MPS officers this month based on misper cases from the London MPS

* The team have been approached by BBC Tees for a radio interview. Hester can be heard live on Wednesday 8th February at around 8am http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/programmes/schedules


* Nick and Olivia will be giving a presentation at the NATIONAL COMPACT (MISPER) USER GROUP MEETING, in Hull. This is a quarterly meeting for Officers, COMPACT software developers and organisations involved with the police. They will use this meeting to run a focus group with officers on their experiences of missing person enquiries.

* The team have organised two sessions for the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting, New York: 'Policing Geographies: representations, materialities, practices'. Olivia will travel to New York to chair both sessions and present a paper on 'The misper': police case files and writing geographies of missingness' http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/SessionDetail.cfm?SessionID=14607

* Olivia will meet with the NYPD and LAPD to share best practice from the 'geographies of missing people' research project and gain a greater understanding of the challenges associated with missing persons in New York and LA.

March 2012

*In March Hester and Olivia have a meeting with the charity Missing People where we are going to share initial findings from interview work in Grampian.

* The mail-out to people reported as missing in London is going ahead in March and David Bullamore of the MPS is helping to project administer this. Over 1500 letters will be sent out!

* The analysis of Grampian interviews with officers and people reported as missing will begin shortly.

January 2012

* Olivia is compiling the case files of misper cases from the London MPS. Following analysis of these, 12 officers have been selected for interview. Olivia is currently meeting with MPS partners to confirm and negoatite access to these officers for interview.

* Hester will be giving a seminar at UCL Geography department on 26th Jan on 'Missing geographies', a summary of the project so far for a geographical and academic audience. This is part of a seminar series on 'Missing geographies': http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/events-seminars/human-geography-seminars

* The project team will be meeting this month to consider the materials generated by the Grampian interviews with police officers investigating missing persons cases.

* This month sees the deadline for abstracts for conference sessions generated by the project. The 'geographies of missing people' research project is organising two sessions at the upcoming RGS-IBG conference in July. One on 'Geographies of death' (co-organised by Olivia Stevenson, Charlotte Kenten and Sarah Deedat) and one on 'Policing geographies' (co-organised by Tim Cresswell, Richard Yarwood, Hester Parr and Olivia Stevenson).

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