PhD

Steven Richardson

Dr. Steven Richardson
Dr. Steven Richardson

PhD, Department of Sociology, Queen's University (2019)

Steven Richardson obtained his PhD in Sociology from Queen's University in June 2019. Focusing on wearable technologies, his doctoral research explored how things like tinkering, problem solving, hype, communities and communications shape what wearables are and are for. With a blend of STS (Science and Technology Studies), phenomenology and reflexive ethnography, this research uncovered a broader and more inclusive approach to understanding innovation, what he terms ‘the duality of design’. The term also implicates the role of the researcher in this relation, renewing the call for more reflexivity in accounts of socio-technical ordering.

In short: when we study emerging technologies, we’re not just studying innovation communities, we are a part of that same community; we may be critical of some new technology or its surveillance implications, but that critique does not stand above, apart, or aside from that same reality. To move sociology forward, we have to move away from seeing ourselves (scholars, researchers) as merely ‘participant observers’ but rather as ‘observant participants’ – in the midst of things like everyone else. Not only does this change in perspective offer important opportunities for reconceptualizing our relationship with the technologies we use, design and study, it helps bring us closer to the technologies and innovations that (will) continue to get closer to us. Bringing something close is a condition for a renewed beginning. Following this, our quest(ioning) concerning technology can continue with a greater appreciation of the role social science can play in bringing on not just hopeful, but desirable futures.

Debra Mackinnon

Debra Mackinnon
Debra Mackinnon

PhD, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada (2019)

Debra Mackinnon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University in 2019. Her doctoral dissertation, “Mundane Surveillance: Tracking mobile applications and urban accounting in Canadian Business Improvement Areas” explored how technologies are used to police, account for, render, and manage urban space and populations. Broadly, her research interests include surveillance studies, urban studies, criminology, smart urban environments and IoT technologies, and qualitative methods. Her current work focuses on questions of digital (in)justice, inclusion and governance in smart city partnerships.

SSC Seminar -- Patrick Derby

Patrick Derby

PhD Candidate
Department of Sociology
Queen’s University

Automatic Licence Plate Recognition:

Explorations of an Emerging Police Checkpoint Technology

Thursday, March 18th
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D-411

On one hand, the automobile represents freedom and escape. On the other hand, the automobile and...

Surveillance Studies PhDs Sought

Two Scholarships at the PhD level ( starting September 2016 ) are available in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of David Lyon and/or David Murakami Wood . The project is a multi-disciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, health, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others.The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University.

Two PhD Scholarships Available - UVic

Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the PhD level (beginning September 2016) are available in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of Dr. Colin Bennett.

Call for PhD Studentship at Open University

The New Transparency MCRI and the Open University Business School has a PhD studentship available for October 2012 on the topic of ‘the Surveillance Industrial Complex’. The studentship will be based at The Open University in Milton Keynes. Applications may address any angle of this wide ranging and interesting topic. To be eligible for the studentship you will need to...

Call for PhD Applications at the University of Victoria

One PhD stipend, funded through grants received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), and beginning in September 2012, is available in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

One PhD stipend, funded through grants received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), and beginning in September 2012, is available...