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Prof Kirsty Ball

University of St Andrews

‌Educated at Birmingham University (LLB, MSc) and Aston Business School (PhD), and having held positions at Aston, Warwick, Birmingham and The Open Universities, Kirstie is Professor in Management. She is co-director and founder of CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy. CRISP is a joint research centre between the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Stirling. Kirstie also co-founded and co-ran the journal Surveillance and Society and the charitable company Surveillance Studies Network, an educational charity which supports the journal.

Over the last 20 years Kirstie's research has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC, SSHRC (Canada), The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy and the European Framework Programme. In 2015 she published 'The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror', the first empirical study, from an organisational perspective, of private sector involvement in government surveillance regimes. She is also co-editor of a new Routledge book series addressing surveillance and society and edited 'The Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies', a key resource for those who teach about surveillance. She has consulted to the UK's Information Commissioner, authoring 'A Report on the Surveillance Society' in 2006, which prompted two parliamentary committee enquiries, and its follow up in 2010. She has also advised numerous NGOs, research funding bodies and news media organisations about surveillance, privacy and security. She frequently appears in the broadcast and print media and at public events to speak about surveillance as a contemporary social phenomenon.

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