Centre for the Study of Missing Persons

Research and Knowledge Transfer

Our members of staff have an established track record in providing research and knowledge transfer services to a range of organisations, including:

  • Missing People
  • Police forces across the UK
  • UK Missing Persons Bureau, National Crime Agency
  • CEOP, National Crime Agency
  • SCAS
  • NHS
  • Missing Children Europe

They have a wide range of expertise, which includes the following:

  • Geography of missing persons
  • Cost of missing persons investigation
  • Unaccompanied migrant children
  • People living with dementia who go missing
  • Stranger child abduction
  • Search and rescue
  • Return interviews
  • Mental health and criminal justice
  • Psychology and criminal justice
  • Risk assessment
  • Children at risk and in trouble (home, school, community)
  • Inter-agency work with children and young people at risk or in trouble
  • Exclusion and disaffection from school
  • Looked After children, child abuse and the child protection system
  • Youth Justice
  • Violence in childhood

Research Activities

Our staff is involved with a variety of research projects in this area, collaborating with various agencies and organisations in the UK.

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Recent Research Projects

  • Carers role in the search for missing people living with dementia- Project funded by the FHSS Strategic Funding Scheme (Study was completed in September 2015) (£40,000).
  • Minimizing violence through quality control: Monitoring & evaluating 116000 hotlines to prevent, support and protect missing children (2014-2015, funded by EU DAPHNE programme) (Total budget of project is 472,427€. £3,000 received by University of Portsmouth)
  • SUMMIT - Safeguarding Unaccompanied Migrant Minors from Going Missing by Identifying Best Practices and Training Actors on Interagency Cooperation. (2014-2016) funded by EU DAPHNE programme) (Total budget of project is 267,663€. £9,000 received by University of Portsmouth)
  • Exercise Unified Response (EUR). Evaluating objective 4:Test management of information about missing persons involved in the disaster. (University of Portsmouth received £12,000 for evaluation of exercise).
  • The usefulness of child alert systems in the Netherlands, United Kingdom (UK), Czech Republic and Poland (£1,939). Funded by AMBER Alert Europe.
  • Scoping research on the impact of missing children publicity appeals (2016, funded by the EU DAPHNE programme) (£3,300 allocated for the University of Portsmouth). Collaboration with Missing Children Europe and Dr. Penny Woolnough, University of Abertay.
  • Repeat reports to the police of missing people: locations and characteristics. A police force in the UK
  • Come to Notice reports of Missing Adults. UK Missing Persons Bureau, National Crime Agency
  • Has the new definition of missing and absent improved outcomes for safeguarding children and adults? (£5,000)Funded by SOCA
  • Missing persons and media bias
  • Establishing the cost of missing persons investigation. West Mercia and Warwickshire Police Forces.

Recent publications

  • Shalev Greene, K. & Alys, L. (2016). Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research. Routledge.
  • Collie, C. J., & Shalev Greene, K. (2016). The effectiveness of victim resistance strategies against stranger child abduction: an analysis of attempted and completed cases. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.
  • Harris, M. F., & Shalev Greene, K. (2016). Police attitudes in England to return interviews, in repeat missing person cases. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.
  • Hayden, C., & Shalev-Greene, K. (2016). The blue light social services? Responding to repeat reports to the police of people missing from institutional locations. Policing and Society, 1-17.
  • Shalev Greene, K., & Toscano, F. (March 2016). SUMMIT - Safeguarding Unaccompanied Migrant Minors from going Missing by Identifying Best Practices and Training Actors on Interagency Cooperation. Analysis Report.
  • Shalev Greene, K., & Hedges, C. (March 2016). The more eyes the better? A preliminary examination of the usefulness of child alert systems in the Netherlands, United Kingdom (UK), Czech Republic and Poland. Analysis Report.
  • Smith, R., & Shalev Greene, K. (2015). Recognizing risk: the attitudes of police supervisors to the risk assessment process in missing person investigations. Policing, 9(4), 352-361.
  • Smith, R. and Shalev Greene, K. (2014) High Risk? Attitudes to Risk Assessment Process in Missing Person Investigations
  • Shalev Greene, K. and Pakes, F. (2013) ABSENT: An exploration of common police procedures for safeguarding practices in cases of missing children and adults
  • Hayden, C. & Goodship, J. (2013) Children Reported ‘Missing’ to the Police:  is it possible to ‘risk assess’ every incident?, British Journal of Social Work.
  • Hayden, C. & Gough, D. (2010) Implementing Restorative Justice in Children’s Residential Care.  Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Hayden, C. (2010) Offending behaviour in care: is children’s residential care a ‘criminogenic’ environment? Child & Family Social Work, Vol. 13, No.4, November, pp. 461-472.
  • Norgate, R., Warhurst, A., Hayden, C., Osborne, C. and Traill, M. (2012) Social workers’ perspectives on the placement instability of looked after children, Adoption & Fostering, 36(2), pp.4-18.
  • Osotova, E., Watkinson, T., Noble, C., Smith, P. (forthcoming) Comparative study on Vacuum Metal Deposition and Multi-Metal Deposition as proficient investigative tools for processing latent finger marks from cling film.
  • Shalev Greene, K., & Pakes, F. (2013) The cost of missing person investigations: Implications for current debates. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
  • Shalev Greene, K., & Pakes, F. (2012) Establishing the cost of missing person investigations. Report submitted to West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police.
  • Shalev, K. (2011). Children who go missing repeatedly and their involvement in crime. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 13(1), 29-36.
  • Shalev, K., Schaefer, M., Morgan, A. (2009). Investigating missing person cases: how can we learn where they go or how far they travel? International Journal of Police Science & Management, 11(2).123-129.
  • Smith, P., Andrews, K., Pfeifer, J. (forthcoming) The proficient deployment of Gelatine lifters and the GLScan system for the recovery and visualisation of crime scene traces.
  • Smith, P.A., James, A., and Lowe, T. (Forthcoming) Collaborative working in times of austerity: A new model for integrating student learning and employability in higher education.
  • Smith, P.A., 2012, Business Process Review of the Hampshire Constabulary Chemical Treatment Unit: Part 2. Commissioned Research Report, August, 2012.
  • Smith, P.A. and Noble, C, 2011, Business Process Review of the Hampshire Constabulary Chemical Treatment Unit: Part 1. Commissioned Research Report, August, 2011.

Further Education (Master courses and PhD/Prof. Doc)

MSc students on our full time and part time courses who wish to conduct studies regarding missing people as part of their dissertation are supervised by our expert staff. 

Current MSc students are completing dissertations on topics such as:

  • The relationship between police and the family of a missing person
  • Police officer’s attitude towards risk assessment in missing persons investigations

Our Postgraduate research programme is open to both full-time and part-time students.

Students on our Professional Doctorate course are involved with research projects regarding missing people. For example,

  • A study exploring the relationship between behaviour and risk factors in adult missing person cases

Read more about Master's courses and postgraduate research in this field. For information about PhD opportunities in this subject area please contact Dr. Karen Shalev Greene (Karen.shalev-greene@port.ac.uk)

  • A PhD bursary has been allocated for a project studying Stranger Child Abduction.