The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) has been established to address the need for research and analysis of this increased threat to individuals and society.
Cyberstalking has received a great deal of media attention recently with a spate of recent incidents reaching national and international levels. The growth of the problem is something that clearly governments, charities and the public are concerned about.
The increased public consciousness and media coverage of this issue has driven the need for systematic academic research into the prevalence, motivations, impacts and risk assessment which will lead to effective preventions of and responses to Cyberstalking.
Currently there is little research in this specialised area. The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research aims to provide high quality research to help, understand and tackle the problem.
The Centre is interdisciplinary in nature and draws upon the expertise of a number of people working in different fields including technology, psychology, sociology and law. It will facilitate greater understanding by the bringing together of knowledge from this range of areas that and ensure steps made to reduce the prevalence of the problem and minimise the effects.
The Centre hopes to work closely with organisations such as the Network for Surviving Stalking, the Crown Prosecution Service and NAPO, amongst others.
The first major project undertaken by the Centre was the Electronic Communications Harassment Observation ECHO commissioned by the Network for Surviving Stalking.
Dr Emma Short CSci AFBPsS
Emma is a Chartered Psychologist based at the University of Bedfordshire. She is registered with the Health Professionals Council as a Practitioner Psychologist in Health Psychology. She is the director of the National Centre for Cyber Stalking Research and is the project lead for an initiative called ECHO (Electronic Communication Harassment Observation), investigating harassment in online environments. ECHO was commissioned by the Network for surviving stalking and Emma continues to work closely with them.
She speaks at academic conferences and contributes to academic research in this area. Emma is also a coaching psychologist and co-editor of a international journal in the field. In her role as a practitioner she works with individuals affected by bullying and harassment. Her work has also given her the opportunity to work as an advisor to government and charitable bodies as well as work with the media, she is a regular contributor to both broadcast and print media.