External engagement

We actively seek to develop and engage networks of collaborators who align with our mission to shape our research and its outcomes, and to ensure its practical implications for both policy and practice. 

The impact of Aisha K. Gill’s work on violence against women has been developed and sustained through police advisory networks/agencies and through collaboration with the Immigration/Borders agency, the probation service, and the Crown Prosecution Service. Her work has been further disseminated in collaboration with more specialised agencies in the criminal justice arena including: the Metropolitan Police working group on ‘honour’ killings; the forced marriage steering group based at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the ‘End Violence Against Women’ Coalition; the Independent Police Complaints Commission strategic support group on investigations and complaints involving gendered forms of violence against women in the UK (including domestic violence); Liberty's Project Advisory Group, and Kurdish Women's Rights Watch. Aisha K. Gill’s work with a broad array of national collaborators and networks has been widely recognised. In addition to her work on honour crimes, forced marriage, and violence against women being awarded an ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Award in June 2015, Aisha K. Gill was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, June 2017. Aisha K. Gill has also been shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2017, the First Women Awards 2017, and the Woman of the Year in the Asian Business Awards 2018, in recognition of her contributions to society.

Michal Garapich’s has developed strong collaborations with two London-based charities, the 999 Club in Deptford and the Upper Room in Acton, that assist homeless and vulnerable people, ex-offenders, and undocumented migrants. His research on homelessness and severe structural disadvantage, together with his involvement with these local charities, has had a direct impact on the immediate environment, ranging from providing student project evaluations of the charities’ day-to-day organisation for use in annual evaluations for their trustees, to opportunities for students to engage directly with the problem of homelessness.

Jérémie Gilbert has presented his research at the United Nations headquarters in New York, at a meeting focussed on indigenous people’s rights to land. His report, which was presented in 2018, centred on the phenomenon of ‘land grabbing, which has increased encroachment on indigenous peoples’ territories, one of the major threats faced by indigenous peoples. In 2020, Gilbert was invited to write parts of the UN’s State of the World Indigenous Peoples report. This report series responds to the recommendation by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to periodically produce a UN publication that analyses indigenous peoples’ issues and advocates for their rights of indigenous peoples. It is the main awareness tool for indigenous peoples’ issues within the UN, States, academia and the broader public.

Mark McCormack works with The Loop, a non-profit making Community Interest Company established in 2013 which pioneered Multi-Agency Safety Testing in the UK, providing drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction services at nightclubs, festivals and other leisure events.