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Centre for Security and Surveillance Research

The Centre for Security and Surveillance Research (CSSR) is a community of engaged scholars who explore the intersections of the practices and experiences of security and surveillance. CSSR focuses on technologies, populations, spaces, and brokers to enhance scholarly research, policy debates, and public understandings. The Centre's research is committed to influencing policy, practice, and social change. Researchers across multiple disciplines and institutions, as well as government, industry, and community stakeholders, are invited to work with us.

The research produced by the CSSR recognizes that asking questions regarding the effectiveness and impact of security and surveillance practices requires an understanding of people’s perceptions and experiences of them. Using innovative methods, the CSSR aims to enrich government, policy, and public understandings and debates that move beyond a nationalist lens to incorporate the everyday experiences associated with the practices and experiences of security and surveillance.

Vision

The CSSR will be a global leader for empirically grounded research that explores a broad range of practices and experiences of security and surveillance.

Mission

The CSSR aims to answer questions arising from the practices and experiences of security and surveillance. The CSSR provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary space that encourages innovative research while still providing appropriate governance and oversight that promotes equality and inclusiveness.

Values

CSSR projects and members are united by a commitment to our values of:

  • Methodological and ethical rigour in all research.
  • Ensuring high quality student involvement and training.
  • Community engagement and responding to community needs.

Research Themes

The CSSR is comprised of four substantive research themes that are connected by the practices and experiences of security and surveillance: technology, spaces, populations, and brokers.