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Dr Ella Cockbain


Dr Ella Cockbain

 Dr Ella Cockbain is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL) and ‘Future Research Leaders’ fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her research focuses on serious and organised crime and its prevention, in particular human trafficking, sexual exploitation and labour exploitation. She teaches and publishes widely on these topics, including numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, several edited collections and a recent book, Offender and Victim Networks in Human Trafficking (Routledge, 2018). She is on the editorial board of three scientific journals and reviews for many others, as well as providing expert reviews for the UK Home Office, the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse and others. She has collaborated extensively with key organisations across the public, private and third sectors, including the National Crime Agency, numerous police forces and leading children’s charity Barnardo’s. She is regularly invited to contribute at national and international level to policy, strategy, training and practical interventions to combat trafficking and exploitation (‘modern slavery’). She was recently named one of the Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers in the UK. Ella is an advocate for building a stronger, more scientific and more nuanced evidence base on these complex crimes and ways to tackle them.