Ella Cockbain
Researcher at UCL's Department of Security and Crime Science

Dr Ella Cockbain is a Research Fellow at UCL's Department of Security and Crime Science. Her research focuses on serious and organised crime and its prevention. She is interested in practical, outcome-oriented research that can help inform effective crime reduction. Ella has worked with diverse public and third sector agencies to help design and deliver training and develop awareness raising and preventative tools around child sexual exploitation. She has also contributed to major national reviews and inquiries. Some of Ella's key research projects are:
- An ongoing study into trafficking for the purposes of forced labour (funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship Scheme and supported by the National Crime Agency)
- A recent collaboration with Barnardo's and NatCen Social Research addressing the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK (funded by the Nuffield Foundation).
- A four-year study of networked child sexual exploitation/internal trafficking, focusing on high profile cases such as Derby, Rochdale and Rotherham (funded by the EPSRC and supported by five police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).'
More information on her work and publications can be found at https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=EPCOC60 or https://ucl.academia.edu/EllaCockbain