My research interests are surveillance, policing, and criminological theory. I have contributed to various research studies which address the relationship between surveillance and policing, as well as related topics including crime control through CCTV cameras, police accountability and wearable cameras, and citizen journalism. My most recent research experiences include the ESRC-funded Human Rights, Big Data, and Technology project (HRBDT) and the SSHRC-funded Police on Camera Project (POC), which was undertaken as part of my doctorate, and
The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT) I 2016 – Current
As senior research officer, I conduct qualitative research examining how various police and security agencies use big data and associated technologies for surveillance. Current research has been split into two ethnographic research project.
In the first project, I examine how police officers employ predictive policing algorithms to foresee crime and if/how human rights such as equality and privacy are accounted for. In the second,
In the second, I examine how members of various racial, ethnic, and religious communities are affected by perceived and actual government surveillance in the UK. Research is conducted in collaboration with researchers at Amnesty International who examine the so called “chilling effect” of mass surveillance.
The Policing on Camera Case Study 2013-2014
As lead researcher, I employed a case study methodology and relied on participant observation and interview data gathering strategies. Research included: 200+ hours of in-field research with 3 policing organisations, 60+ informal interviews with police officers and members of police organisations, and 20+ formal semi-structured interviews.
Most recent publications
This article presents the central findings of the Police on Camera project and offers details into the strategic orientation many research participants expressed when asked about policing on camera.
This article argues that instead of engaging in counter-surveillance, police officers allow themselves to be recorded and engage in what I call “camera-friendly policing,” which involves efforts to control how they are perceived while video recorded.
This article outlines the findings of one of the first studies examining how police understand and respond to cameras and photographers.
This article analyses the situation surrounding police visibility and questions the extent to which videos of the police are producing uniformly negative outcomes for them
This article analyses the extent to which videos of the police are producing uniformly negative outcomes for them. As co-authors, Kevin Haggerty and I shared all duties.
This article discusses the increasingly fraught relationship police