Scott Thompson

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan

Scott Thompson

Dr. Scott Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Having been called ‘the genuine historian of Surveillance Studies,’ Scott uses historical case studies in order to explain and address current and pressing issues in the areas of Criminology, Sociology and Surveillance Studies. His publications include work on surveillance and the control and criminalization of liquor consumption (www.puncheddrunk.ca), surveillance and colonial/First Nations relationships, National Registration and Identity Cards in Canada and the United Kingdom, Big Data national security initiatives and partnerships, the adoption of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV/UAS) by government and industry in Canada, and the taking up of ‘new’ surveillance technologies by police services. He took up his current position at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017, having completed a SSHRC Banting post-doctoral fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Center (Queen’s University, Department of Sociology), and his doctoral degree at the University of Alberta in Sociology.

In collaboration with other researchers in the Surveillance Studies Centre, his research has also included the adoption of UAV by police services, and the taking up of big data analytics by national security agencies.

Telephone: 
(306) 966-5236