Centre launches international PhD Network

The ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre is launching an international network for PhD students researching the intersection of vulnerability and policing.

The new PhD Network brings together a community of PhD students across various disciplines to encourage collaboration, learning and innovative research on vulnerability and policing. It aims to be a hub where PhD students can contribute to international debates on policing and vulnerability issues. It provides a forum for discussion among PhD students, training opportunities, and organises talks from speakers working in relevant fields.

Established in 2022, the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre aims to understand how vulnerabilities are produced, exacerbated and addressed by policing. This includes exploitation by county lines drug networks, online child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, modern slavery, mental illness and homelessness, among others.

Launch event

The Network will launch with an event on Tuesday 12 March 2024. This will provide an introduction to the Network and the Centre, as well as an opportunity for PhD students to meet fellow aspiring researchers in the field of vulnerability and policing. The event will also feature a guest seminar from Dr Jarrett Blaustein and PhD student Maegan Miccelli (both Australian National University) about vulnerability in the context of disaster policing and climate change. Register for the launch event here.