In our first year we have focused on four major themes: slavery, migration, children, and security. Our research centres cluster around those themes, and we are running pilot programmes in those areas. For example, Nottingham is unique in having a dedicated Geospatial Institute that covers the full spectrum of earth observation, global navigation satellite systems and citizen science capabilities. Until now, it has focused on earth observation, but is now beginning human observation. We will start by identifying sites of slavery and forced labour.
I am also excited by a project to develop the best, most effective treatment response for people coming out of situations of extreme human rights violation. Although other organisations have developed recommendations for treating victims of torture, we lack an accepted therapeutic response for survivors of slavery, trafficking, child or forced marriage, forced displacement, political imprisonment, gender-based violence, or forced military service. Again we will start with a pilot around the treatment responses for contemporary slavery.
But aside from those four main themes, we have also used LGBT History Month this past February to map the campus expertise in LGBT rights, and identified a large number of scholars with expertise in this area. This and our RPA’s events and initiatives for LGBT History Month have led to an exciting new pilot with the Nottinghamshire Police around combatting hate crime. We did same thing for Women’s History Month in March, and continue mapping different areas of research in rights and justice, so that we can update our core themes over time.