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 & Dr 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 (Dr 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, S.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 in 2017/18 and 2018/19

Monckton-Smith published a report for the Suzie Lamplugh Trust based the analysis of 350 cases of female intimate partner criminal homicide involving female victim and male perpetrator.  Livesey and Frederick, along with other UoG colleagues, led a report to the Home Office Evidence on Abortion Clinic Protests.  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.