Postdoctoral Fellows

Current Postdoc:

Scott Thompson

Previous Postdocs:

Lucas Melgaço
Alanur Çavlin-Bozbeyoğlu
Sami Coll

Scott Thompson

2013-2015, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University

Scott Thompson is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Surveillance Studies Center, having completed his doctoral degree at the University of Alberta in Sociology. Scott’s research focuses on the relationship between classification, governance and surveillance technologies. His interest in the topic was sparked by work he conducted with Dr. Gary Genosko concerning the surveillance of drinking behaviors by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). This research was completed as part of his Masters thesis and resulted in his first publications (see

His PhD dissertation, entitled "Consequences of Categorization: National Registration, Surveillance and Social Control in Wartime Canada, 1939-1946," went on to investigate the social impact of the government's WWII National Registration and mobilization program and how this system’s technologies were used to identify, classify and enforce government policy onto populations – noting specifically how this program sorted the citizens of the country, deciding who was “necessary to their community” and who was “available” to be conscripted into the Armed Forces.

Scott's current work at the SSC continues to stress the relationship between surveillance technologies and governance. Entitled "1944: Surveillance and Social Control in Wartime Britain," this SSHRC-funded project investigates the real surveillance technologies and practices that were employed by the British government during the Second World War, and which inspired Orwell’s dystopian work "1984." Big Brother was watching, and the degree of surveillance achieved even without current day technologies was significant.

Lucas Melgaço

Lucas Melgaço was a post-doctoral fellow at the Surveillance Studies Centre from 2011-2012. He is also affiliated with the Department of Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Belgium. He has a doctorate degree in a joint supervision program from the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. His PhD dissertation, entitled "Securitizing the Urban: from psycho-sphere of fear to techno-sphere of security", focused on various architectural changes that have happened in Brazil due to the fear of violence. More specifically he paid attention to the privatization of public spaces through the creation of gated communities and deterrent architectures in the city of Campinas. Lucas also has a master's degree in Human Geography from the University of Sao Paulo and a bachelor's degree in Geography from the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

His teaching and researching experiences include one year as an invited professor and post-doctoral researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and also a four-year stay at the Department of Geography of the Catholic University of Campinas. His main scientific interests are in the domains of urban planning; surveillance and security in educational spaces; surveillance of youth in public spaces; epistemology of Geography; and the relations between the new technologies of information and security. Recently he has also worked in introducing the theory of the Brazilian geographer Milton Santos to the English speaking community.

Main publications

Journal articles:

Melgaço, Lucas (2012) Estudantes sobre controle: a racionalização do espaço escolar através do uso de câmeras de vigilância. O Social em Questão, year XIV, n. 27, p.193-212. ISSN:1415-1804.

Melgaço Lucas (2012) A cidade de poucos: condomínios fechados e a privatização do espaço público em Campinas. Boletim Campineiro de Geografia, issue 1, vol. 2, pp. 81 - 105.

Melgaço, Lucas (2011) The injustices of urban securitization in the Brazilian city of Campinas. Justice spatiale | spatial justice 5.

Melgaço, Lucas (2010) A cidade e a negação do outro. Com Ciência 118.

Melgaço, Lucas, Souza, Filho, Carlos, Roberto, Michael, Steinmayer (2007) Constatar não é compreender: limitações do Geoprocessamento enquanto instrumental analítico de representação da realidade. Annals of the XIII Brazilian Symposium of Remote Sensing, Florianopolis: INPE: 5373 -5380.

Melgaço, Lucas (2005) Por uma ciência do atrito: ensaio dialético sobre a violência urbana. Revista do Departamento de Geografia do Instituto de Geosciências da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. 1(1): 98 - 110.

Book Chapters:

Melgaço, Lucas (2008) Territorio em Atrito: a violência sob o olhar da complexidade dialética. In: SOUZA, Maria Adélia de (ed). A Metrópole e o Futuro: refletindo sobre Campinas, Edições Territorial. pp. 447 - 469.

Melgaço Lucas (2007) Da psicoesfera do medo à tecnoesfera da segurança. In: Sá, Alcindo José de (ed). Por uma Geografia sem cárceres públicos ou privados, Recife: Os Autores. pp. 213 - 233.

Melgaço Lucas (2003) Uso do Território pela Violência. In: Souza, Maria Adélia de (ed), Território Brasileiro: usos e abusos, Campinas: Edições Territorial. pp. 524 - 533.

Alanur Çavlin-Bozbeyoğlu

Alanur Çavlin-Bozbeyoğlu was a postdoctoral fellow at the Surveilance Studies Centre from 2009-2011. Her major interest is state surveillance related to data gathering systems - namely population censuses, registration systems and identification systems - and their relationship with neoliberal transformation and citizenship regimes.

Alanur's research includes a post-doctoral project on population censuses and registration system, funded by the Turkish Academia of Sciences. She also coordinated research activities for an OPC project titled ‘The Private Sector, National Security and Personal Data: An assessment of private sector involvement in airport and border security in Canada’.

Following her B.S. in Sociology (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey), Alanur gained her M.A. and PhD degrees in Demography (Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Ankara, Turkey). She has taught several courses in demography and social policy.

Alanur's current work include articles on electronic ID card systems, census questionnaires, registration systems, ethnic/religious minorities’ presentation and monitoring, and camera surveillance in Turkey.


Sami Coll

Dr Sami Coll was a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He began his career as an engineer in computer science before changing his professional orientation to Sociology. He defended his PhD in Sociology at the University of Geneva in 2010 and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York before joining the Surveillance Studies Centre in April 2011.

In his PhD research, he focused on consumer surveillance and loyalty cards (also known as consumer cards, club cards, rewards cards, points cards, savings cards or advantage cards). The main idea was to study consumption as a new form of social control which tries to govern people in a subtle and soft way, providing rewards for compliance rather than threats of potential punishment for non-compliance. Thus, he focused on subtle forms of surveillance, which are not felt as such by citizens/users/consumers, rather than its explicit forms (e.g. CCTV), where visibility is on the contrary meant to change people’s behaviour. The research also empirically challenged the notion of privacy, considering it as inefficient or even as becoming a part of surveillance. Finally, he argued that consumer surveillance can be seen in many ways as biopower, particularly when governments become interested in the data collected by companies to govern their bodies, e.g. trying to fight against obesity.

Alongside working on the publication of the results of his last research, he is preparing new research on social networks. This new project objective seeks to go beyond the usual surveillance-privacy antagonism and to study how the enhanced and wanted transparency of the subject affects social interactions, life chances and social structures.

For more information about his research, biography and publications, please visit his personal website: