Research and information

A collection of current knowledge about the issue of missing as well as our research reports, projects, collaborations and events.  

Understanding the reasons why people go missing and the impact on families left behind enables Missing People and our partners to provide better services.

Missing People’s research team conducts research and evaluation projects on a range of topics, and seeks to share the findings through these web pages. 

The Policy and Research team also provides a hub of information about missing, advocates for change through campaigns and policy work, and monitors and evaluates the charity's impact.

Missing News

The Policy and Research team circulates a regular newsletter, Missing News, containing up to date information about research, policy, events and sector developments. To sign up to Missing News, or to read previous editions, click here.

If you want to carry out your own research into missing, or connect with other researchers working on missing, we can help.

Missing People is keen to promote collaboration between researchers working in the field of missing persons. There are a number of ways for researchers and research teams to connect with one another, and to reach out to practitioners for collaboration, participation and dissemination.

JISCmail list

Missing People administers a JISCmail mailing list called MISSING PERSONS. JISCmail is an academic mailing list service which allows researchers with a common interest to communicate with colleagues in other institutions. The MISSING PERSONS list has been operating for nearly four years and now has over 70 subscribers from at least five countries. 

You can register to receive updates by visiting https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=MISSINGPERSONS and clicking ‘subscribe’. If you experience any difficulties subscribing, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team for assistance.

Centre for the Study of Missing Persons

The Centre for the Study of Missing Persons is a dedicated research centre at the University of Portsmouth, focussed on exploring issues related to missing. Missing People’s Chief Executive, Jo Youle, said "The charity Missing People is delighted to be working in partnership with the CSMP. Research is vital for developing understanding of the experiences of missing people and their families, and for identifying gaps in provision. We believe that this partnership will provide insight into what more can be done to safeguard, support and reconnect missing people".

The Centre has created an online bibliography of relevant references – The Hub – where you can view over 500 references grouped by topic. You can register to use The Hub, for free, by visiting http://www.port.ac.uk/centre-for-the-study-of-missing-persons/csmp-hub/ We hope that as you discover useful resources yourself you will also inform us of new and relevant publications in this area so we can add them for the benefit of all. Please email any suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


We encourage anyone with an interest to get involved with research around missing people – from students, to charitable organisations, to interested members of the public. Missing is an issue that cuts across disciplines, so we welcome people from all research backgrounds.

You may find the following information useful in the first instance:

  • Missing People Research and Information

  • Centre for the Study of Missing Persons hub contains an extensive list of relevant references. We hope that as you discover useful resources yourself you will also inform us of new and relevant publications in this area so we can add them for the benefit of all. Please email any suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Missing Children Europe administer a publications hub. The hub is searchable by title, author, summary, description and keywords. If you have any suggestions for additions to this catalogue, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Missing persons data reports can be found on the National Crime Agency and UK Missing Persons Bureau websites

  • CEOP Scoping Report on Missing and Abducted Children [PDF]

  • The Home Office Missing Children and Adults strategy

  • Missing Persons JiscMail list. This is an academic and research mailing list administered by Lucy Holmes and Hester Parr and provided by Jisc. It is free to join.

  • Geographies of Missing People research project

What can Missing People do to help?

We can support funding applications to funding bodies. Please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team for further information.

We can participate in your research. If you would like to interview any of our team or circulate a questionnaire for completion, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team to discuss the available options.

We may, in certain circumstances, be able to publicise your project and encourage people to take part. If you would like to explore this further please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to email the Policy and Research team.

Information for students

When contacting us, please use your university email address and tell us what you studying and the title of your project. Please also provide the name of your course, institution and research supervisor, and be aware that we may contact them. Please be aware we do not comment on individual missing person cases.