Featuring our post-doctoral researchers: Dr. Ciara Bracken-Roche

Dr. Ciara Bracken-Roche is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in our department since January 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Steeves. Her project is entitled: “Drones and big data: Governance techniques and their implications for policing in contemporary Canadian society”.  This project explores the adoption and use of drone technologies in Canada with a specific focus on policing and urban spaces. It also explores how these technologies fit within emerging governance techniques designed to use big data to enhance control. The project will create new knowledge about the relationship between police use of these technologies/techniques of governance and existing legal, social and technological norms in Canadian society. Building on her PhD work, this post-doctoral project seeks to examine how, in a big data environment, mobile and multifaceted technologies such as drones risk the further reinforcement of traditional hierarchies of governance; they digitize space and turn the lived environment into a persistent form of data collection. It will do this through a specific exploration of the role of UAS in policing and urban control in Canada, with a particular focus on how UAS contribute to big data governance within Canada.

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