Media, Information and Surveillance

This cluster develops sociologies of the digital including critical studies of the latest media, data, information technologies, and networks. Social media, infrastructure, visual media, ‘smart’ technologies and digital data traces are all research topics in this group. The area draws on and develops related research in feminist, science-and-technology studies and cultural studies. In the past three decades, participants have achieved prominence for their pioneering and award winning work on the historical sociology of communications in Canada, the critique of the "information society," investigating "digital divides" in Canada and abroad, and the rapid rise of digital surveillance. Insights from disciplinary areas such as cultural geography, philosophy and history are vital to the cluster.

Post-Pandemic Temporalities: narratives, contexts, and experiences of mediated disruption, synchronization, and expectation beyond COVID-19
Martin Hand (PI), SSHRC Insight Grant, 2023-2027.          
Infrastructuring the state: Materiality, morality, sovereignty
Norma Möllers (PI). SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-2023.

Big Data Surveillance
David Lyon (PI). SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2015-22.
Cybersecurity and the making of 'digital territory'
Norma Möllers (PI). SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2017-2019.
iTimes? Understanding the temporal dynamics of everyday life in the digital age
Martin Hand (PI). SSHRC Insight Grant, 2015-19.
Smarter Cities? Big Data, Ubiquitous Surveillance and Urban Management in Canada, the USA, and the UK
David Murakami-Wood (PI). SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-2018.
Persistent Traces and Potential Memories: emerging technologies, conventions and practices of memory-making in the digital era
Martin Hand (PI). SSHRC Standard Grant, 2011-15.
Major Collaborative Research Initiative: “The New Transparency: Surveillance as Social Sorting”, 7-year collaborative research project
David Lyon (Director). SSHRC MCRI, 2008-15.
Privacy implications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Canada
David Lyon (Coordinator), David Murakami-Wood (Co-Investigator). Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner, 2013-14.
Organizational and Individual Behaviour and Personal Information Protection in the Age of Social Media
David Lyon (Overseas Partner). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2012-15.
Surveillance and Public Safety in Tokyo
David Murakami-Wood (PI). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2013-14.
National Security and Personal Information
David Lyon (PI), David Murakami-Wood (Co-investigator). Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner, 2010-11.
Cooperation on Science and Technology (COST) Action (2009-13), Living in Surveillance Societies.
David Murakami-Wood (Co-investigator/Associate). European Science Foundation, 2009-13.
Analogue to Digital: objects, processes and practices of digital imaging and photography
Martin Hand (PI). SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2006-2010.

BURFOOT, Annette
Research Areas: Visual Science Studies; Reproductive Technologies; Cultural Studies; Visual Culture
HAND, Martin
Research Areas: Digital Culture; Memory; Visual Culture; Consumer Culture
LYON, David
Research Areas: Surveillance; Identification; Biometrics; Histories & Cultures of Surveillance
Research Areas: Science & Technology Studies, Infrastructure, technoscience and the state, Neoliberal Science, Cybersecurity, Security & Surveillance
Research Areas: Legal authorities use of surveillance technologies; Public perceptions of surveillance in society; Evidence-based policing; Evidence-based crime policy; Experimental criminology  
Tuzcu‬‬‬‬‬‬, ‪‪‪‪Pinar
Research Areas: Digital Justice, Algorithmic Culture, Critical Coding Studies, Intersectional Internet Studies, Post-Colonial & Anti-Colonial Feminist Approaches to Science & Technology Studies, Cybercolonialism, Migration & Mobilities, Mobile/Migrant Feminism, Marginalized knowledge forms & research methodologies.