Dr Rebecca Shaw’s research to be funded by Economic and Social Research Council Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre

The Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre is a partnership between the University of York and the University of Leeds.

The School of Law is delighted that Lecturer in Law Dr Rebecca Shaw’s application to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre ECR Development Fund was successful. 

The Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre aims to investigate how the police and public services can better work together to address vulnerabilities.  

The Centre is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for five years (2022-2027). 

In October 2022 the Centre announced an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Development Fund which would provide an opportunity for ECRs to lead co-produced projects.  

Research grants of up to £25,000 per project were available for 12-month projects commencing in May 2023.  

Dr Shaw’s project “Domestic Abuse Service Providers and their Stories” was one of five chosen from 18 shortlisted applications.  
“We received a wide range of applications that formed an incredibly strong field. Such was the quality, we agreed to fund more projects than we had initially intended to in the Fund’s first year”, said Professor Adam Crawford (Universities of York and Leeds), Co-Director of the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre. 

As a Centre, we are committed to early career development and capacity building and we will support the award holders throughout their projects to build their skill set for this work and beyond. We are excited to see how the projects from this first cohort of researchers develop and look forward to opening the second funding call later this year. 


The award panel - comprising external representatives of the academic and practitioner communities as well as members of the Centre’s leadership team - was impressed with the depth of quality and rigour in the 18 shortlisted applications. Panel members expressed a strong view that all the projects funded have great potential for impact and scalability and look forward to seeing the findings and outcomes that the research will generate. 

I am thrilled that my application to the ECR Development Fund was successful and honoured that the panel selected my project. I am looking forward to starting the project, working with both the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre and my external partners, to investigate the stories of Domestic Abuse service providers and the dominant narratives around Domestic Abuse. 

Dr Rebecca Shaw