Geographies of Missing People

  • ‘Geographies of missing people’ is a research project which is trying to understand absence-making from the ‘inside’, via in-depth interviews with returned missing people.’

  • We will use the voices and opinions of the police, families and returned missing people themselves.

  • This qualitative data can shed light on a significant social (and spatial) problem and will help us understand more about the nature of missing experiences.

  • ‘I was just doing what I wanted to do. Going away really, just getting away from the house from my life at that time I suppose.’

  • ‘I really didn’t hope for any of that, that I was going to be a missing person or that they would phone the police. When you’re in that depressive state you’re very self-involved to a point you can’t think about anything outside. I was on a mission.'

  • This project is funded by the ESRC and is conducted by researchers at the universities of Glasgow and Dundee in association with Police Scotland.

  • Further information, reports, presentations, videos and more are all available by navigating around this site.

  • ACPO (2013) define a missing person as "Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and where the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves or another."

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