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Preventing online child sexual exploitation


Project Description

Technological developments (mobility of internet access, social networking, dark web) have changed the nature of crime with rapid expansion of online and online-facilitated offending.

Online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) is at the forefront of the cybercrime prevention effort where increasingly sophisticated and complex systems of offending and perpetrator cooperation emerge regularly.

This project will develop new ways of understanding and modelling the complexity and systemic nature of online exploitation.

The successful candidate will collaborate with the Cybercrime Unit at Humberside Police and related teams (e.g. digital forensics, sexual offending, and protecting vulnerable people (PVP)) will provide a valuable soundboard for the development of an effective systems model.

Before making an application, potential candidates should think carefully about how their skills and research interests align with the proposed project and the supervision team. For an informal discussion about projects, please contact one of the named supervisors or the cluster lead, Professor Iain Brennan ().

More about this research team

Applications are invited for Doctoral Scholarships, to join a multi-disciplinary Research Cluster, working with experts from across the University as part of the, Humberside Police-Academic Collaboration (H-PAC).

The common theme for this diverse range of research topics is to improve community safety through better policing. The topics have been co-produced with Humberside Police to meet the Force priorities, to support government strategies and to reflect the new ongoing commitment to collaboration between University of Hull and Humberside Police.

In addition to having two internal academic supervisors, each candidate will have a third supervisor who is a senior police officer. Students will be required to undertake 12 weeks of placement with Humberside Police during the PhD programme and to make an annual progress presentation to Humberside Police.

This novel continuous co-production model of supervision is designed to create researchers who are uniquely qualified to lead the future of policing research.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree and Masters level qualification in a discipline relevant to the project topic, together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered if combined with relevant experience.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 16 March 2020 at the latest.

The successful candidate will be required to pass police security vetting.

Scholarships will start on 21 September 2020.

Funding Notes

This is a funded scholarship over a three year period for full-time study. The funding you receive will cover the fees for your PhD programme and also an annual maintenance grant at the level of UKRI (£15,009 in 2019/20).

There is an optional writing up period if you need to complete your thesis after the three year period of your research degree, for which there is a small charge. Your maintenance grant will not cover you during this optional writing up period.

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