Executive Team


David Lyon
Kirstie Ball
Colin J. Bennett
Andrew Clement
Arthur J. Cockfield
Kevin D. Haggerty
Laureen Snider

David Lyon, FRSC

Research Chair in Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada
Director, Surveillance Studies Centre and The New Transparency Project


David Lyon is the Principal Investigator of The New Transparency Project and Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre. He is also Queen's Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Professor of Sociology and of Law. He held a Killam Research Fellowship 2008-2010 for work on the globalization of ID systems. His most recent books are Liquid Surveillance (with Zygmunt Bauman; Polity 2012), Identifying Citizens: ID Cards as Surveillance (Polity 2009), Playing the Identity Card (co-edited with Colin J. Bennett, Routledge, 2008) and Surveillance Studies: An Overview (Polity 2007). He is also co-editor of Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance (with Aaron Doyle and Randy Lippert, 2011) and The International Handbook of Surveillance Studies (with Kirstie Ball and Kevin Haggerty, 2012). Lyon has been working on surveillance issues since the 1980s, when he discussed surveillance as one of the key issues of information-based societies in The Information Society: Issues and Illusions (Polity 1988). Since then he has been involved in many debates over information politics and policy in Canada and around the world as a result of his research and publications including The Electronic Eye (1994), Surveillance Society (2001) and Surveillance after September 11 (Polity 2003). He is a founding editor of the e-journal Surveillance & Society and has particular research interests in national ID cards, aviation security, surveillance ethics and in promoting the cross-disciplinary and international study of surveillance. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association Information and Communication Technology Section, in 2008 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2012 he received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociological Association.  

Faculty website: http://www.queensu.ca/sociology/people/fulltimefaculty/lyon.html

Kirstie Ball

Kirstie BallThe Open University Business School, United Kingdom

Kirstie Ball’s research interests focus on the use of employee surveillance techniques in and around organizations, and surveillance in society at large. In particular she is interested in subjectivity and the experience of surveillance, as well as the organizational forms surrounding pervasive employee monitoring. Beyond empirical work she also has a theoretical interest in surveillance drawing on organization theory, the sociology of the body, science and technology studies, and psychoanalytic sociology.

Faculty website: http://www8.open.ac.uk/business-school/people/dr-kirstie-ball


Colin J. Bennett

Colin BennettPolitical Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Colin J. Bennett's research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published three books: Regulating Privacy: Data Protection and Public Policy in Europe and the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992); Visions of Privacy: Policy Choices for the Digital Age (University of Toronto Press, 1999, with Rebecca Grant); The Governance of Privacy: Policy Instruments in Global Perspective (The MIT Press, 2006 with Charles Raab); Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press, 2008, forthcoming). He has completed policy reports on privacy protection for the Canadian government, the Canadian Standards Association, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the European Commission, and the UK Information Commissioner. He is currently completing projects on the subject of “privacy advocacy” in Western societies, as well as on the politics of identity cards. He teaches a range of courses on US politics, political analysis and information and communications policy.

Website: www.colinbennett.ca

Andrew Clement

Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Andrew Clement's research, teaching and consulting interests are in the social implications of information technology and human-centred systems development. I have written papers and co-edited books in such areas as: computer supported cooperative work; participatory design; workplace surveillance; privacy; women, work and computerization; end user computing; and the 'information society' more generally. My recent research has focused on public information policy, internet use in everyday life, digital identity constructions, public participation in information/communication infrastructures development, and community networking.

Faculty website: http://www3.fis.utoronto.ca/faculty/clement/

Arthur J. Cockfield

Art CockfieldFaculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

Arthur J. Cockfield, BA (University of Western Ontario), LLB (Queen’s University), JSM and JSD (Stanford University), is the Associate Dean and an Associate Professor at Queen’s University Faculty of Law where he was appointed as a Queen’s National Scholar. Prior to joining Queen’s, he worked as a lawyer in Toronto and as a law professor in San Diego. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas and is a research fellow at Monash University (Australia). Professor Cockfield has authored, co-authored or edited six books and over forty academic articles and book chapters focusing on tax, privacy and law and technology theory and is the recipient of a number of fellowships and grants for this research. His research recognitions include an appointment as an honorary editor by UNESCO due to his status as “a recognized world expert” in the study of law.

Faculty website: http://law.queensu.ca/facultyAndStaff/facultyDirectory/cockfield.html

Kevin D. Haggerty

Kevin HaggertyDepartment of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada

Kevin D. Haggerty is editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and book review editor of Surveillance and Society. He is professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta. Haggerty is a polymath, and is interested in just about everything related to surveillance. In addition to his assorted journal articles and book chapters he has authored, co-authored or co-edited Policing the Risk Society (Oxford University Press) Making Crime Count (University of Toronto Press) and The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility (University of Toronto Press). In relation to the MCRI, Haggerty is interested in the way surveillance has become a dominant response to security concerns. This is also related to his interest in the role of mega-events (such as the Olympics) in changing dynamics relating to security and urban space.

Faculty website: http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/sociology/haggerty.cfm

Laureen Snider

Laureen SniderDepartment of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Laureen Snider, a Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, has published numerous studies on corporate crime, regulation and governance including Bad Business: Corporate Crime in Canada (Nelson: 1993) and Corporate Crime: Contemporary Debates (University of Toronto Press, 1995, co-edited with Dr. Frank Pearce). Her present research centres on the asymmetries of surveillance, comparing the monitoring of employees versus that of employers (“theft of time”); and the surveillance capabilities of traditional police forces against traditional criminality (“crime in the streets”, versus those of regulatory agencies against corporate criminality (“crime in the suites”). Recent publications include: “But They’re Not Real Criminals”: Downsizing Corporate Crime” (in B. Schissel & C. Brooks, eds., Critical Criminology in Canada . Halifax: Fernwood, 2008: 263-86); “Economic Crimes”, (in J. Minkes and L. Minkes, eds., Corporate and White-Collar Crime. London: Sage, 2008: 39-60), “Safety Through Punishment?”, (in M. Beare, ed., Honouring Social Justice, Honouring Dianne Martin. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008) and “Accommodating Power: The “Common Sense” of Regulators”, Social and Legal Studies 18(2), 2008 (forthcoming).

Faculty website: http://www.queensu.ca/sociology/?q=people/faculty/full-time/sniderl