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.

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