Meet The Team

Dr. Grace Robinson

BSc (Hons), MA, Ph.D, FHEA

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Grace is the Executive Director of Black Box Research and Consultancy Ltd. Having completed her Ph.D on Urban Street Gangs, Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, Grace is able to offer some of the first insights into an area with little existing literature. She is a Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetrators and Organised Crime at the University of Nottingham, where she works on a UKRI-funded project exploring the effect of Covid-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines. Grace has shared her research across the country, participating in podcasts, radio interviews and the BBC documentary Inside Out. She regularly delivers lectures, workshops and training across the country to a wide variety of audiences, including; children and young people, students, practitioners and faith groups.

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Dr. Laura Higson-Bliss

LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D, FHEA

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Having completed her Ph.D on the use of the criminal law to govern online behaviour, Laura is able to offer workshops examining the legal consequences of irresponsible social media usage; including, though not limited to, criminal, employment and civil law repercussions. Laura is completing a British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association funded project exploring police attitudes to social media complaints. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in Law at the University of Birmingham and has shared her work widely on the implications of irresponsible social media usage, including newspaper articles, radio interviews and appearing twice on the BBC’s “The Big Questions”. Laura has experience in delivering lectures and workshops to both children and young people.