PhD Network

The Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre runs an international PhD Network.

Two PhD students in conversation, sat at a table with laptop and notes

The Network brings together a community of PhD students across multiple disciplines who focus on the intersection of vulnerability and policing. It aims to encourage collaboration, learning and innovative research.

The Network provides a forum for discussion among PhD students, training opportunities, and organises talks from speakers working in the field of vulnerability and policing.

Why join the PhD Network?

Peer support community

Benefit from a supportive peer network of fellow PhD students with shared interests and goals. Whether seeking advice, feedback, or simply camaraderie, our peer support community provides a valuable source of encouragement and solidarity throughout your academic journey.

Access to innovative research

By joining our PhD Network, you will gain access to cutting-edge methodologies, engage with other researchers and contribute to discussions to shape the future of policing.

Global perspective

While based in the United Kingdom, the PhD Network aims to be a hub where PhD students can contribute to international debates on policing and vulnerability issues.

Engaging events

Participate in a variety of engaging online events throughout the year, including guest speaker presentations, training opportunities, seminars, and interactive workshops. These events are tailored for PhD students engaged in policing and vulnerability, with a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration.

Annual Summer School

As part of our network, we are running an annual Summer School, initially conducted online with the potential for in-person events in the future.

2024 PhD Summer School

10.30am-12.30pm (UK time), 4-5 July 2024

The Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre will host its inaugural PhD Summer School online on 4-5 July 2024.

This interdisciplinary event aims to foster a vibrant network of PhD researchers whose work intersects with various facets of vulnerability and policing.

The event’s primary objective is to provide a platform for PhD students to present their research in a supportive environment and receive constructive feedback from fellow students and established researchers.

The summer school also offers a valuable opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking within the academic community.

Submit an abstract


  • 5 x 25-minute presentation slots
  • Each slot includes a 10-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes allocated for feedback and questions
  • Presenters are encouraged to showcase material from their PhD theses at any stage of development
  • Topics may include, but are not limited to: research design, methodology, thesis chapters, and potential paper ideas

Submission Guidelines

We invite PhD students from various disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must include the following information:

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Author Name and Affiliation
  3. Brief overview of research topic and how it relates to the themes of vulnerability and/or policing
  4. Stage of PhD journey (e.g., early-stage, mid-stage, near completion)
  5. Preferred presentation format (e.g., designing research, methodology, dissertation chapters, potential paper ideas, etc.)

Submission Deadline

Please submit your abstracts by the end of Thursday 20 June by emailing Dr David Rowlands at

Notification of Acceptance

Authors will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday 25 June.

Event Registration

Registration will be open to all after confirmation of the presenters.

Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact Dr David Rowlands or Dr Öznur Yardimci at and

Join us for this enriching opportunity to engage with peers, receive valuable feedback, and contribute to the advancement of research in vulnerability and policing. We look forward to your participation!

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding this network, please email