Geography and Methods
Thematic Research Area
My major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. I have written numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing (Oxford University Press; shortlisted for the British Criminology Book Prize in 2005) and Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing; edited with Liora Lazarus). My more recent publications are works on the social and political dimensions of privacy, the relationship between human rights and constitutional responsibilities, and the sociology of security consumption. I have served as an independent advisor to the UK Identity and Passport Service on matters of regulation and data sharing and has acted as Specialist Legal Advisor to a major House of Lords inquiry into surveillance and data collection in Britain. I am currently a member of the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner’s External Advisory Board.