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I  am Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Surveillance Studies, based in the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC), and Associate Professor  in the Sociology Department at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I am also cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and am part of the Cultural Studies program.

Until 31st August 2009, I was Reader in Surveillance Studies  at the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at Newcastle University in the UK. I had an ESRC Research Fellowship for a project called ‘Cultures of Urban Surveillance’ which looked at the globalization of surveillance across different countries. In 2013, I spent two months as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and then ten months in Japan as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellow, based at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, but also working with folks from Meiji University in Tokyo. I’ve previously been a visitor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil and Waseda University, also in Tokyo. This completed, for now, the Cultures of Urban Surveillance project. My new project is called Smarter Cities? and you read about it here.

I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of surveillance studies, and a founder-member of the Surveillance Studies Network. In 2006 I cordinated the influential Report on the Surveillance Society for the UK Information Commissioner (ICO) – and was part of the team for a short follow-up report which came out in 2013 – and organised submissions to the House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries on surveillance. I was one of the initiators of the recently completed European Science Foundation COST action, Living in Surveillance Societies’ (LiSS), and am collaborator in both The New Transparency initiative, run by The Surveillance Studies Centre here at Queen’s, and consultant to a number of other initiatives. The New Transparency is currently winding up and we have just produced our final report, Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada.

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