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De Faculteit Recht en Criminologie en in het bijzonder de onderzoeksgroep LSTS met steun van de onderzoeksgroepen CRiS en SMIT, richtten in samenwerking met de vzw Privacy Salon de tijdelijke leerstoel “Chair in Surveillance Studies” op.

Objectieven

  • het stimuleren en bevorderen van interdisciplinair onderzoek in surveillance studies
  • de bevordering van de samenwerking en uitwisseling van onderzoekers binnen verscheidene onderzoeksgroepen van de VUB, andere onderzoeksgroepen die actief zijn in surveillance studies en onderzoekers over de hele wereld
  • het creëren van een internationaal kenniscentrum over surveillance in België. Het objectief op termijn is ook een interfacultaire onderzoeksgroep op te richten.

Activiteiten

Het uitvoeren en bevorderen van origineel interdisciplinair wetenschappelijk onderzoek rond surveillance en de verspreiding van het onderzoek door middel van publicaties (boeken, wetenschappelijke artikelen, beleidsnota's en rapporten) en deelname aan internationale conferenties, beleidsevenementen, wetenschappelijke en expertnetwerken. Hierbij worden de mogelijkheden onderzocht voor het opzetten van een interfacultair onderzoeksgroep en een interfacultaire MA keuzevak, het opzetten van een seminariereeks rond surveillancestudies en bijdragen tot communicatie over wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar surveillance.

Coördinatie

De leerstoel wordt gecoördineerd door Professor Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel.

Prof. Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel is onderzoeksprofessor bij de onderzoeksgroep Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS), waar ze onderzoek doet naar criminaliteitscontrole en surveillance.Daarnaast is ze directrice van het jaarlijkse internationale congres Computers, Privacy en Data Protection (CPDP), mede-oprichter van de vzw Privacy Salon en co-directeur van de Surveillance Studies Network.

Ze studeerde pedagogische wetenschappen en criminologie aan de KU Leuven en de Universiteit van Ottawa. Eerdere ervaringen omvatten het werken als beleidsmedewerker voor de vertegenwoordiger van de Vlaamse regering in het VK en als onderzoeker voor het Belgische ministerie van Justitie. Bij de VUB deed ze onderzoek naar vrijheidsschendingen van transportbeveiligingstechnologieën en evaluatie- en certificeringssystemen voor beveiligingsproducten in het kader van de EU FP7 projecten SIAM en CRISP. Van 2014-2015 was ze gedetacheerd om als onderzoeker voor de Nederlandse Wetenschappelijke Raad voor Regeringsbeleid te werken aan het project: Big Data, Privacy and Security.

1. Events

Launch of the Chair in Surveillance Studies
At Botanique, Brussels

Address: Koningsstraat 236, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node
RSVP: thierry@privacysalon.org

18u Welcome with Drinks and nibbles

18u20 Welcome by Prof. Serge Gutwirth, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Followed by short speeches by
Prof. Gloria González Fuster, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Prof. Kristel Beyens, Crime and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Prof. Jo Pierson, imec- Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

18.50 Academic vision of the chair and plans for the future, Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

19.00 Panel Debate: Surveillance Histories and Futures, moderated by Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Speakers: Dr. Chiara Fonio, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (IT), Prof. Lucas Melgaço, Crime and Society Research Group (tbc), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), Prof. Jason Pridmore, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) and Prof. William Webster, Management, Work and Organisation, University of Stirling (UK).

20.00 Drinks @ Art exhibition Mensch Maschine with an introductory word by Thierry Vandenbussche, Arts and Events Director Privacy Salon

If you would like to join please RSVP before 31 January to Thierry thierry@privacysalon.org

 

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PAST EVENTS:

VUB Surveillance Studies Seminar Series

/// Peter Fussey (Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, UK) ///

Facial Recognition in the Global City: Ethnographic analysis of the police trials of live facial recognition in London.

                Donderdag 21 November, 2019 - 12.00-14.00h

                Gebouw 'I' - Aula 0.03 – VUB Campus Etterbeek

About the speaker

Professor Pete Fussey’s research focuses on surveillance, digital sociology, algorithmic justice, human rights, intelligence oversight, technology and policing, and urban studies. He has published widely across these areas. He is a director of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) – a collaboration between surveillance researchers at the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Stirling and Essex - and research director for the five-year ESRC funded Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project. As part of this project Professor Fussey leads research teams empirically analysing digital security strategies in the US, UK, Brazil, India and Germany. 

https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/fusse98409/peter-fussey

Iedereen welkom, maar RSVP: thierry@privacysalon.org

2. Projecten

coming soon

3. Onderzoek

coming soon

Sponsor

Privacy Salon is een vzw die actief is binnen het domein van privacy, databescherming en andere sociale en ethische kwesties die gepaard gaan met de introductie van nieuwe technologieën in de samenleving.

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Serge Gutwirth (chair), LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Prof. Dr. Kristel Beyens, CRiS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert, LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Privacy Salon
  • Prof. Dr. Jo Pierson, SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Mr. Ulrich Seldeslachts, Privacy Salon/LSEC

Leerstoeltype

Onderzoek

Periode

2019 - 2021

Call for Applications: PhD Position on Democratic Governance of Surveillance

The VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, which is based at the Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group (http://lsts.research.vub.be/)and is supported by the research groups CRiS (https://cris.research.vub.be/en/) and imec-SMIT (https://smit.vub.ac.be) and is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel is launching a call for applications for PhD candidates in the area of democratic governance of surveillance with a special focus on policing in Belgium.

The VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies is located at and has the following aims:

Stimulating and encouraging interdisciplinary research in Surveillance Studies

Stimulating cooperation and exchange of researchers within different research groups of the VUB, other researchers and research groups in Belgium and from across the world who do research on surveillance

Creating a knowledge center on surveillance in Belgium and exploring the possibility of establishing an interfaculty research group at the VUB.  

Activities of the chair include: conducting and promoting original interdisciplinary scientific research on surveillance and dissemination of the research through publications (books, scientific articles, policy briefs and reports) and participation in international conferences, policy events, scientific and expert networks, exploring the possibilities for setting up an interfaculty research group and a interfaculty elective MA course, establish a seminar series in surveillance studies, contribute to science communication of scientific research on surveillance.

For more information about the Chair see : https://www.vub.be/chair-in-surveillance-studies#chair-in-surveillance-studies-(en)

 

The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) is an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). With more than 45 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. The team is led, both administratively and academically, by Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt and Prof. Gloria González Fuster. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, PhD researchers, associated researchers and affiliated professors. Research staff at LSTS have backgrounds in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, chemistry, criminology, and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all our work.

Research and activities: 

The PhD Student is expected to: 

Develop an original PhD thesis on a topic related to democratic governance of surveillance with a special focus on policing in Belgium or comparative research which includes Belgium. 

Provide general support for the Chair including the coordination, execution and communication of activities and projects of the chair, including the organisation of academic events such as the VUB surveillance studies seminar series;

Contribute to the organization of the annual CPDP conference and its side events, especially with regards to social media, communication and programming

Participate in international seminars and conferences; 

(Co-)publish scientific articles in peer reviewed journals; 

Contribute to drafting project proposals for external funding; 

 

Profile and qualifications: 

Essential

A Master’s Degree in Criminology, Socio-legal studies or similar, awarded by the deadline for applications; 

Fluency in English and either Dutch or French

Good ICT skills and social media knowledge

Excellent organisational and communicative skills;

Quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and the ability to work independently, under pressure and to respect deadlines

Desirable

Previous research focus on policing and/or surveillance

Knowledge of Data Protection

Experience in conference and/or event organization 

Experience in conducting interdisciplinary research. 

Experience inqualitative social science research methods.

Conditions: 

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel and Prof. Paul De Hert. The candidate will have access to doctoral training offered by the VUB, as well as to all facilities of the university. Successful candidates are expected to work at the VUB premises in Brussels. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses. 

We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher. The PhD degree will be awarded in criminology. For more information about facilities and benefits of employment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please visit https://www.vub.be/en under the heading ‘future employees’. 

Contract: full-time research grant for one year, renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of four years. Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee and yearly evaluation. Remuneration is at the level of a fulltime research assistant at a Flemish university and includes contributions for social security. Secondary employment is not allowed. 

Applications

The PhD candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the project proposal, her/his expertise, work experience and qualifications. The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent by email to rosamunde.van.brakel@vub.be (subject heading: ‘Application PhD Democratic Governance of Surveillance). 

Applications (in English) should include the following: 

your current CV including contact details of two referees; 

a cover letter in which you explain your motivation and qualifications; 

max 3 writing samples demonstrating prior experience research, enquiry ordebate, e.g. published paper; policy report; blog or excerpt from masters thesis,

a short research proposal outlining how you would approach the research project (max 1 page)  

Deadline for the submission of applications is 1 April 2020. Pre-selected candidates will be notified in the second week of April and Interviews will take place in the last week of April. The position would start on 1 June 2020 (the start date may be negotiable). 

 

 

Introduction

The Faculty of Law and Criminology, and in particular the LSTS research group with the support of the CRiS and SMIT research groups, established the temporary "Chair in Surveillance Studies" in collaboration with the vzw Privacy Salon.

    Objectives

    • Stimulating and encouraging interdisciplinary research in Surveillance Studies
    • Stimulating cooperation and exchange of researchers within different research groups of the VUB, other researchers and research groups in Belgium and from across the world who do research on surveillance
    • Creating a knowledge center on surveillance in Belgium and exploring the possibility of establishing an interfaculty research group at the VUB.  

     

    Activities

    Conduct and promote original interdisciplinary scientific research on surveillance and dissemination of the research through publications (books, scientific articles, policy briefs and reports) and participation in international conferences, policy events, scientific and expert networks, exploring the possibilities for setting up an interfaculty research group and a interfaculty elective MA course, establish a seminar series in surveillance studies, contribute to science communication of scientific research on surveillance.

    Coordination

    The chair is coordinated by Professor Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel.

    Prof. Dr Rosamunde van Brakel is research professor at the Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Research Group doing research on crime control and surveillance. In addition she manages the annual international Conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection, co-founder of Privacy Salon and co-director of the Surveillance Studies Network.

    She studied educational sciences and criminology at the KU Leuven and the University of Ottawa. Previous experiences include working as a policy assistant for the Representative of the Flemish Government in the UK and as a researcher for the Belgian Ministry of Justice. At the VUB she conducted research on freedom infringements of transport security technologies and evaluation and certification schemes for security products in the context of the EU FP7 projects SIAM and CRISP. From 2014-2015 she was seconded to work as a research fellow for the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy on the project: Big Data, Privacy and Security. 

    1. Events

    Launch of the Chair in Surveillance Studies
    At Botanique, Brussels

    Address: Koningsstraat 236, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node
    RSVP: thierry@privacysalon.org

    18u Welcome with Drinks and nibbles

    18u20 Welcome by Prof. Serge Gutwirth, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Followed by short speeches by
    Prof. Gloria González Fuster, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Prof. Kristel Beyens, Crime and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Prof. Jo Pierson, imec- Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    18.50 Academic vision of the chair and plans for the future, Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,

    19.00 Panel Debate: Surveillance Histories and Futures, moderated by Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel, Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Speakers: Dr. Chiara Fonio, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (IT), Prof. Lucas Melgaço, Crime and Society Research Group (tbc), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), Prof. Jason Pridmore, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) and Prof. William Webster, Management, Work and Organisation, University of Stirling (UK).

    20.00 Drinks @ Art exhibition Mensch Maschine with an introductory word by Thierry Vandenbussche, Arts and Events Director Privacy Salon

    If you would like to join please RSVP before 31 January to Thierry thierry@privacysalon.org

     

    ------------------------------------------------------------

    PAST EVENTS:

    VUB Surveillance Studies Seminar Series

    /// Peter Fussey (Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, UK) ///

    Facial Recognition in the Global City: Ethnographic analysis of the police trials of live facial recognition in London.

                    Thursday November 21 , 2019 - 12.00-14.00h

                    Building 'I' - Aula 0.03 – VUB Campus Etterbeek

    About the speaker:

    Professor Pete Fussey’s research focuses on surveillance, digital sociology, algorithmic justice, human rights, intelligence oversight, technology and policing, and urban studies. He has published widely across these areas. He is a director of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) – a collaboration between surveillance researchers at the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Stirling and Essex - and research director for the five-year ESRC funded Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project. As part of this project Professor Fussey leads research teams empirically analysing digital security strategies in the US, UK, Brazil, India and Germany. 

    https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/fusse98409/peter-fussey

    Everybody welcome, but please RSVP: thierry@privacysalon.org

    2. Projects

    coming soon

    3. Research

    coming soon

    Sponsor

    Privacy Salon vzw aims at sensibilising and critically informing the broader public, policy makers and industry in Belgium, Europe and beyond about privacy, data protection and other social and ethical issues that are raised with the introduction of new technologies in society.

    Steering Committee

    • Prof. Dr. Serge Gutwirth (chair), LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • Prof. Dr. Kristel Beyens, CRiS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert, LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Privacy Salon
    • Prof. Dr. Jo Pierson, SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • Mr. Ulrich Seldeslachts, Privacy Salon/LSEC

    Chair type

    Research

    Period

    2019 - 2021

    Call for Applications: PhD Position on Democratic Governance of Surveillance

    The VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, which is based at the Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group (http://lsts.research.vub.be/)and is supported by the research groups CRiS (https://cris.research.vub.be/en/) and imec-SMIT (https://smit.vub.ac.be) and is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel is launching a call for applications for PhD candidates in the area of democratic governance of surveillance with a special focus on policing in Belgium.

    The VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies is located at and has the following aims:

    Stimulating and encouraging interdisciplinary research in Surveillance Studies

    Stimulating cooperation and exchange of researchers within different research groups of the VUB, other researchers and research groups in Belgium and from across the world who do research on surveillance

    Creating a knowledge center on surveillance in Belgium and exploring the possibility of establishing an interfaculty research group at the VUB.  

    Activities of the chair include: conducting and promoting original interdisciplinary scientific research on surveillance and dissemination of the research through publications (books, scientific articles, policy briefs and reports) and participation in international conferences, policy events, scientific and expert networks, exploring the possibilities for setting up an interfaculty research group and a interfaculty elective MA course, establish a seminar series in surveillance studies, contribute to science communication of scientific research on surveillance.

    For more information about the Chair see : https://www.vub.be/chair-in-surveillance-studies#chair-in-surveillance-studies-(en)

     

    The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) is an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). With more than 45 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. The team is led, both administratively and academically, by Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt and Prof. Gloria González Fuster. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, PhD researchers, associated researchers and affiliated professors. Research staff at LSTS have backgrounds in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, chemistry, criminology, and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all our work.

    Research and activities: 

    The PhD Student is expected to: 

    Develop an original PhD thesis on a topic related to democratic governance of surveillance with a special focus on policing in Belgium or comparative research which includes Belgium. 

    Provide general support for the Chair including the coordination, execution and communication of activities and projects of the chair, including the organisation of academic events such as the VUB surveillance studies seminar series;

    Contribute to the organization of the annual CPDP conference and its side events, especially with regards to social media, communication and programming

    Participate in international seminars and conferences; 

    (Co-)publish scientific articles in peer reviewed journals; 

    Contribute to drafting project proposals for external funding; 

     

    Profile and qualifications: 

    Essential

    A Master’s Degree in Criminology, Socio-legal studies or similar, awarded by the deadline for applications; 

    Fluency in English and either Dutch or French

    Good ICT skills and social media knowledge

    Excellent organisational and communicative skills;

    Quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and the ability to work independently, under pressure and to respect deadlines

    Desirable

    Previous research focus on policing and/or surveillance

    Knowledge of Data Protection

    Experience in conference and/or event organization 

    Experience in conducting interdisciplinary research. 

    Experience inqualitative social science research methods.

    Conditions: 

    The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Rosamunde van Brakel and Prof. Paul De Hert. The candidate will have access to doctoral training offered by the VUB, as well as to all facilities of the university. Successful candidates are expected to work at the VUB premises in Brussels. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses. 

    We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher. The PhD degree will be awarded in criminology. For more information about facilities and benefits of employment at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, please visit https://www.vub.be/en under the heading ‘future employees’. 

    Contract: full-time research grant for one year, renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of four years. Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee and yearly evaluation. Remuneration is at the level of a fulltime research assistant at a Flemish university and includes contributions for social security. Secondary employment is not allowed. 

    Applications

    The PhD candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the project proposal, her/his expertise, work experience and qualifications. The following application documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent by email to rosamunde.van.brakel@vub.be (subject heading: ‘Application PhD Democratic Governance of Surveillance). 

    Applications (in English) should include the following: 

    your current CV including contact details of two referees; 

    a cover letter in which you explain your motivation and qualifications; 

    max 3 writing samples demonstrating prior experience research, enquiry ordebate, e.g. published paper; policy report; blog or excerpt from masters thesis,

    a short research proposal outlining how you would approach the research project (max 1 page)  

    Deadline for the submission of applications is 1 April 2020. Pre-selected candidates will be notified in the second week of April and Interviews will take place in the last week of April. The position would start on 1 June 2020 (the start date may be negotiable).