In the field

I am a social scientist and an ethnographer. My work explores information security needs, perspectives and practices among groups of people living and working at the margins of societies. It focuses on how technology, as it is shaped by social structures, relations and interactions, facilitates multiple - individual and collective - security experiences and understandings. My work is thus grounded in research with and within distinct groups of people, engaging the often hidden, unvoiced and/or marginalised groups not generally considered in the design of security technologies. Most recently, I have worked with seafarers, refugees, migrants and protesters. ‘The margin’ is thus loosely defined and can be understood in cultural, economic, geographical, occupational, social terms.

Before taking up a lectureship in the Information Security Group, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geography and Department of Law and Criminology, also at Royal Holloway, University of London. I obtained my PhD from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), after having completed an MA in International Journalism. Both at the University of Westminster. I also have a BA in Drama and Performance Studies from Aberystwyth University.