About the Social Vulnerabilities research group at the University of Gloucestershire

This group represents research carried out across a range of Social Sciences disciplines, in particular members of the Human Geography, Sociology, and Criminology communities. The research group emphasizes the importance and application of interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the challenges facing vulnerable people in different contexts. The work of the Social Vulnerabilities Research Group currently involves several key areas, and you can read more about these and other projects on the Work page.

Key externally funded projects include:  

  • Development Counts (2019-2021). Funded by the ERASMUS+ programmes of the European Union, this project is a collaboration between the University of Gloucestershire and universities in Malta, Spain and Turkey (Dr Rachel Bennett & Prof Kenny Lynch).
  • CHIEF (2018-2021), a €4.8 million (£4.2Million) project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (Dr Demelza Jones);
  • GLAURUS (2017 – 2021), a 15 million NOK (£1.37Million) project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (Dr Sam Scott);
  • RUST, (2018-2020) a £0.5 Million project funded by ESRC and the Indian council of Social Science Research (Prof Kenny Lynch).

Other significant projects include: preventing violence against women (Monckton-Smith, Livesey); UK-wide Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (Stafford); Restorative Justice in the UK, Ireland, and Sierra Leone (Hobson, Lynch); migrant status and labour exploitation (Scott, Jones, Narkowicz, Bennett); housing for vulnerable communities (Lynch, Hobson); social media and LGBT identities (Frederick); and vulnerable groups in international development settings (Bennett, Lynch).

Highlights for the group

Monckton-Smith published a book in 2021 based on the analysis of cases of female intimate partner homicide involving female victims and male perpetrators called In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder which has been very well received in both academia and media reviews.  Her research findings have led to the development of the Homicide Timeline and this has formed the basis of training based on this research to a range of agencies, including Gloucestershire, Dafyd Powys, and Sussex, and in Ireland with the national Garda College and the Department of Justice. Livesey and Frederick, along with other UoG colleagues, led a report to the Home Office Evidence on Abortion Clinic Protests.  Jones published her book, Superdiverse Diaspora: Everyday Identifications of Tamil Migrants in Britain. in Palgrave Macmillan’s Global Diversities series. Lynch and his co-editors published a major volume The Handbook of African Development which contains chapters by him and Hobson, in a book that runs to 50 chapters by 56 international scholars on Africa.  Stafford was appointed to the Metropolitan Police Advisory group on Business Crime Reduction Partnerships as a result of his research on Gloucester City Safe.