PPi Distinguished Speaker Event: Hester Parr, University of Glasgow
Hester Parr is a Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. She has a BA (Geography) and PhD from University of Wales Lampeter. From 2011-2014 she worked on an ESRC funded project ‘Geographies of Missing People: experiences, processes, responses’, a collaboration between Police Scotland and the MPS London, the UK Missing Persons Bureau and the Missing People charity. The project investigated the geographies of missing persons and the geographical knowledges of the people and agencies that search for them. Over her career she has been interested in developing sensitive methodologies for working with often vulnerable people. She is interested in methodological practices and forms of writing that reach out to people who find standard ‘research talk’ very difficult. Walking, (co-)writing, digging, body-talk, film-making and story-telling have all comprised ways to engage and co-research the lives of often neglected others. Hester Parr was the 2015 Impact Prize winner for Outstanding Impact in Society for her work which improved the way UK police officers relate to missing persons and transformed policing guidance on the handling of missing persons and their families.
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