An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Karen Shalev Greene

19 Apr 2023

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Park Building (hybrid), King Henry I Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2DZ


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‘Discovering’ Missing Persons: A Personal and Human Experience

Each year millions of people go missing around the world. However, this subject matter remains under-researched and often misunderstood. This lecture will introduce key themes, explore strategic research decisions made by Prof Shalev Greene over the years and discuss and the benefits that occur when academic research is used to make changes in practice.

About Karen Shalev Greene

Professor Karen Shalev Greene is Professor of Missing Persons Studies and the leader of the Missing Persons Research Group (formerly known as the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons), in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Karen is a leading academic and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject of missing persons. For the past 14 years she has amassed a wealth of expertise nationally and internationally and is sought after as a researcher, public speaker, advisor and media commentator.

She is the lead editor of the seminal book ‘Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research’ (Routledge, 2018), which brought together experts in the UK to explore why children and adults go missing, areas relating to missing person investigations and the emotional and practical impact of a loved one going missing has on those left behind. Karen is also the lead and co-organiser of the bi-annual international conference for missing children and adults. She is the co-host of the ‘Missing Persons Uncovered‘ podcast series.

Karen has written extensively about the subject of missing persons in published reports and peer reviewed academic journals. She has transformed her extensive knowledge into learning material which is now being taught at the University of Portsmouth at all levels of study. She also engages in public speaking and training days for professionals working in law enforcement, the public sector and non government agencies and collaborates on research projects with practitioners and academics from around the world in all areas relating to missing persons.

Karen served in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence between 1991-1993 and graduated with a BA in Criminology and English Literature from Bar-Ilan University, Israel in 1997. In 1999 she graduated with an MSc in Investigative Psychology and with a PhD in Investigative Psychology in 2004 from the University of Liverpool.

In 2004 Karen joined the University of Portsmouth and in 2008 began researching missing persons and in 2012 founded the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons.

Join us for Prof Shalev Greene's Lecture: ‘Discovering’ missing persons: A personal and human experience. This event will be held in a hybrid format, meaning that either in-person or online attendance is possible. Please indicate how you wish to attend when selecting your tickets.

Event Programme:

17:30: Doors Open

17:55: Final Guests To Be Seated

18:00: Lecture Starts

19:00: Lecture Ends

19:00-20:00: Drinks Reception in Park LRC

Doors open at 17:30 and the final guests will be seated at 17:55. The Lecture starts promptly at 18:00 so please ensure that you arrive in good time to be seated. Only those who have registered for this event will be admitted.

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