Department of Sociology



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David Murakami Wood

David Murakami Wood

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies
BA (hons.) (Oxon), MSc (Newcastle), PhD (Newcastle)
Cross-Appointed in the Department of Geography
Member of the Surveillance Studies Centre

Research Areas

I’m an interdisciplinary scholar of cities, security and surveillance. I’m happiest in the worlds of Surveillance Studies and Urban Studies, but I also feel quite at home amongst Human Geographers and Sociologists. Having started off in History, I also tend to want to start by looking for the roots of phenomena and the long-term trajectories. But I’ve also been an environmental and social justice activist so I also want my research to be relevant and potentially lead to changes for the better. And as a science fiction fan, I like speculation too…

  • Surveillance Studies: history, technologies, politics, ethics and aesthetics of surveillance; international comparative studies; globalization of surveillance.
  • ‘Smart Cities’ and Pervasive / Ubiquitous / Ambient Computing: ethics, politics, space and place.
  • Urban Studies: global cities, particularly Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Risk and (In)security: public safety and policing; war, disaster, terrorism and crime; resilience.
  • Literature and Film: depictions of surveillance and security, particularly in science fiction
  • Theory: critical geographical approaches; political economy / political sociology; aesthetics and visibility; actor-network theory, assemblage theory, complexity.

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