Posted Jan 27th 2016

CRISP-Open is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Associate on one of its EPSRC-funded Research Projects, 'Monetize Me'. The job is available immediately. The project aims to design and test a privacy-centred business model for applications in the quantified self domain. We are particularly seeking someone who has experience of HCI and interface design in a relevant field.

In order to apply...

University of Edinburgh
Posted Jan 15th 2016

CRISP is proud to announce that applications for its third biannual Doctoral Training School are open. The School takes place at the University of Edinburgh from the 20–24 June 2016. The School will feature five days of intensive training in multi-disciplinary research methods and skills in the field of Surveillance Studies. It will also feature a range of knowledge-exchange and research-...

Posted Dec 11th 2015

Humanity vs. Surveillance, delivered by Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

In this lecture, Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, examines the pros and cons of CCTV provision in the UK. How do you think the jury voted?

An audio recording of the Lecture is available here....

Posted Dec 10th 2015


CRISP partners, the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University, Canada, are offering two PhD Scholarships starting in September 2016.  

The studentships are available in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University and are funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant "Big Data Surveillance”.  They will be supervised by  David Lyon and/or David Murakami Wood.   The project is...

the conversation
Posted Nov 3rd 2015

If the feverish discussion in the press and the sudden appearance of spokesmen from the secret services and police are anything to go by, it seems that the UK government’s Investigatory Powers bill, announced in the 2015 Queens Speech, is due to appear soon.

Of course, Britain has been here before.

Under the previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, the Tories...

Posted Oct 23rd 2015

Professor William Webster and the Stirling CRISP research team have been awarded a 4 year ESRC grant entitled 'SmartGov: Smart Governance of Sustainable Cities'. The award was made under the FAPESP-ESRC-NWO joint call on Sustainable Urban Development and the project will run between 2015 and 2019. The SmartGov project incorporates international comparative research of three Smart cities, in...

Posted Oct 23rd 2015

This week CRISP was delighted to welcome Dr Caroline Lancelot-Miltgen from Audencia Business school in France as our first international visitor. Dr Lancelot-Miltgen spent time with CRISP at Open and Stirling Universities. Her research focuses on the dynamics of user privacy behaviours. Her work also addresses issues of identity, e-commerce and public policy, social media, digital services and...

Surveillance Studies Centre
Posted Oct 8th 2015

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada has awarded a $2.5 million (Canadian Dollars) research/partnership grant to fund research into the vulnerabilities generated by big data surveillance. The project includes the development of a strategic relationship between the two preeminent academic surveillance research centres, the Surveillance Studies Centre in Canada...

Posted Sep 22nd 2015

As the financial problems in the Euro zone rein on, I am drawn back to a dispute I read about in December 2014 when I was completing some work on credit scoring in the UK. This dispute also revolved around credit and the likelihood of payments. In this case, Bev Oates was calling for an investigation into the affairs of UK Credit Referencing Agencies. Oates had been involved in a commercial...

CCTV Signs
Posted Sep 22nd 2015

Recently I rang the telephone numbers displayed on CCTV signs in order to gain access to my CCTV data. After all, this is my right. However, only 6 of the 17 organisations approached provided my data.

I have been researching in the area of surveillance and surveillance studies for a number of years now and I have a deep interest in how laws governing aspects of surveillance actually work...