New research projects to tackle key vulnerability and policing challenges

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The ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre has funded four new research projects led by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to address crucial social issues. 17 April 2024 The projects will focus on policing and climate change, coercive control in honour-based abuse, interventions to help children at risk of going missing multiple times, and identifying …

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Capturing online safety risks offline: working together for a whole community approach

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By Dr Larissa Engelmann, Professor Corinne May-Chahal and Dr Christine A. Weirich, published: 06/02/2024. Efforts to prevent online harm among children mostly take place after harm has occurred, e.g. using artificial intelligence to detect images online, or beforehand through schools and educational initiatives. Yet online sexual abuse continues to increase. Most significantly in the aftermath of the …

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Talk highlights how policing navigates challenges of County Lines drug markets

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Dr Chris Devany (Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre) spoke about how police respond to ‘victims’ and ‘offenders’ across county lines drug networks at an event today. 10 January 2024 The talk was part of the University of York’s annual YorkTalks event, which included sixteen short talks about varied topics, such as public services, artificial …

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Research showcase: tackling violence against women and girls

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In this event researchers will share emerging findings from projects partnering with police to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG). 12pm – 5.30pm, Thursday 29 June 2023 Cloth Hall Court Quebec Street Leeds LS1 2HA This event brings together multiple ESRC-funded projects for a series of short talks that will explore emerging findings from …

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Centre funds innovative early career research projects addressing urgent social problems

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Research exploring social media-facilitated trafficking of children, undercover drugs policing, child-to-parent violence, domestic abuse, and reporting public sexual harassment were among the Fund’s successful projects. 24 April 2023 The ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre is delighted to announce five awards from its inaugural Early Career Researcher (ECR) Development Fund. The fund aims to …

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