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Ella Cockbain

Ella

PHD TITLE

Complex child sex offending: The structure, dynamics and function of internal child sex trafficking networks.  (Working title)

FIRST DEGREE

1st class degree in Modern Languages (German and Russian), University of Oxford.

PREVIOUS JOBS

Advertising strategist.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

London

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

The opportunity to do high-quality multidisciplinary research into important real-world topics.  The faculty’s emphasis on research grounded in scientific principles and aimed at creating impact.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, organised crime, group offending, child sexual abuse, forced labour, situational crime prevention.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Travel, cinema, sport.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I hope to continue to conduct novel, outcome-oriented research in the field of serious and organised crime.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

I have been lucky so far to work with a diverse range of organisations that have all been passionate, committed and supportive of research.  I hope to have the opportunity to work with such organisations.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

1. Cockbain, E. (2013, forthcoming) Grooming and the 'Asian sex gang predator': The construction of a racial crime threat, Race and Class, accepted for publication April 2013.  

2.  Cockbain, E. and Brayley, H. (2012) Child Sexual Exploitation and Youth Offending: A Research Note, European Journal of Criminology, 9(6), p. 689-700

Available at: http://euc.sagepub.com/content/9/6/689.abstract

3. Cockbain, E.; Brayley, H.; Laycock, G. (2011) Exploring Internal Child Sex Trafficking Using Social Network Analysis, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 5, p. 144-157.

Available at: http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/2/144.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=blK3jjG2zzboQlZ

4. Brayley, H.; Cockbain, E.; Laycock, G. (2011) The Value of Crime Scripting: Deconstructing Internal Child Sex Trafficking, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 5, p. 132-143

Available at: http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/2/132.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=Fo5zxCnkYKOx3gk

My research has been cited in major studies and action plans, including: 

  • CEOP's 2011 thematic assessment, Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Breaking down barriers to understanding child sexual exploitation

Available at: http://www.ceop.police.uk/Publications/

  • The UK government's Action Plan on Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation.

Available at: http://www.education.gov.uk/a00200288/tackling-child-sexual-exploitation-action-plan

I am also an invited commentator for The Guardian and blogger for The Huffington Post.  Recent contributions include:

  • 'The truth about 'Asian sex gangs', May 2012
  • 'Child sexual abuse is never consensual, whatever the victim's behaviour', Sep 2012
  • 'The Office of the Children's Commissioner's CSE report: A missed opportunity?', Nov 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/08/asian-sex-gangs-on-street-grooming

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/27/child-sexual-abuse-consensual-victim-behaviour

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/helen-brayley/child-sex-exploitation_b_2173982.html?just_reloaded=1

CONFERENCES AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS

2012 

  • NSPCC conference on child sexual exploitation (CSE), Nottingham, UK: Invited to give a keynote presentation on complex multi-agent CSE.
  • The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference, New York, USA: Selected to present paper on new models of grooming in internal child sex trafficking.
  • The British Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) conference, Belfast, UK:  Selected to present paper on new models of grooming in internal child sex trafficking.
  • Virtual Global Taskforce conference on online child sexual exploitation and child sex tourism, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Delegate, attendance sponsored by Ministry of the Interior.
  • Presented seminar to health professionals about complex CSE, Surrey, UK.
  • Teaching experience: human trafficking and health (UCL); human trafficking (Middlesex); conducting human trafficking research (UCL).

2011

  • CSE Strategic Masterclass, Sheffield: Invited to deliver training to senior police officers from South Yorkshire Police.
  • International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference, Manchester: Selected to give two presentations, addressing social network analysis and crime scripting in the context of ICST.
  • The 'Lessons Learned' Conference on CSE, Rotherham: Invited to present a keynote speech to a sold-out conference of 500 practitioners and policy-makers.
  • Crime Science Community of Practice Conference, Defence Security and Technology Laboratory (DTSL), Porton Down: Invited to present on social network analysis to Ministry of Defence employees.
  • Barnardo’s and University of Bedfordshire Research Forum, London: Presented findings from research into CSE and youth offending to an audience of academics, policy-makers and practitioners.
  • Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science Seminar, London: Delivered departmental seminar on ICST to an academic audience.
  • The 5th International Crime Science Conference, London: Invited to present poster. 
  • Teaching experience: human trafficking and health (UCL); conducting human trafficking research (UCL).

2010

  • Safe and Sound 4th National Conference on CSE, Nottingham: Invited to present a workshop on crime scripting and internal child sex trafficking at the UK's leading specialist CSE conference.