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Research Profile

Mr Wil Chivers 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:1-3 Museum Place


  • BScEcon Criminology and Sociology (Hons), Cardiff: 2005-2008
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff: 2009-2010
  • PhD (1+3 ESRC funded), Cardiff: 2010-present

Research Interests

  • ‘Surveillance society’ and social control: an extensive body of literature on both the conduct of surveillance in contemporary society and socio-criminological theory concerned with social control.
  • The experiences and behaviour of the ‘surveilled’, including resistance to surveillance.
  • Internet-based methods.

PhD Topic/ Area

Provisional PhD title: ‘Defying and Denying the Surveillance Society: An Exploration of Strategies of Resistance’

The MSc dissertation examined the construction of surveillance as a social problem and resistance strategies employed in both online and offline environments, whilst investigating the utility of an Internet-based methodology for conducting surveillance research.

Research for the PhD will refocus on the particular situation of the ‘surveilled’  - the impact of surveillance in specific contexts and the associated experiences and behaviours of surveilled populations.


Dr Matthew Williams

Prof Martin Innes