CRISP’s first PhD student, Sara Degli Esposti graduates


Sara Degli Esposti (@survgaze), CRISPs first PhD student, was awarded her PhD by the Open University this week. Sara’s thesis, which was funded jointly by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and an Open University Charter Studentship was entitled ‘Big Data Protection’. She was supervised by Kirstie Ball, Liz Daniel and Maureen Meadows.

Using survey data from 200 British companies, Dr Degli Esposti investigated whether companies who claimed to use big data analytics in a sophisticated way were more or less likely to comply with Data Protection Regulation. The results are fascinating. Overall, companies who claimed to use big data analytics – which are termed ‘analytical competitors’ – were highly compliant with data protection regulations. As they used data intensively, they understood the need to have high quality data and they were more likely to have developed a privacy culture. However Sara revealed a conflict between the need that analytical competitors have to collect more diverse datasets and the data protection principles of purpose limitation and limited data retention.

Sara is currently directing the ISMS Forum in Spain but is looking around for an academic position now she has her PhD. Congratulations Dr Degli Esposti!

CRISP Doctoral School 2016: A Great Success

Last week saw the third biannual CRISP doctoral training school, this time hosted doc school 2016by Edinburgh University. We were delighted to welcome 21 doctoral students from all over the world. The continents of South and North America as well as the four corners of Europe were represented in the cohort. Students listened to expert lectures addressing questions concerning surveillance and the internet, security, privacy, philosophy and religion. They also participated in academic skills workshops, culminating in our Epic Research Proposal Workshop ™ which is in equal measure challenging and enjoyable. Off campus activities included the stunning CRISP annual lecture, delivered by Duncan Campbell, field trips to the Glasgow City Observatory, a film viewing and lecture. The week was rounded off with a fish supper followed by an energetic Ceilidh. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students for their engagement as well as the academic staff who contributed: Dr Michael Nagenborg (Twente), Duncan Campbell, Nik Williams (Scottish PEN), Alex Stobart (Mydex), Dr Andrew Neal (Edinburgh), Dr Kami Vaniea (Edinburgh), Professor Mike Nellis (Strathclyde), Professor Phil Taylor (Strathclyde), Dr Heather Morgan (Aberdeen), Dr Claudia Pagliari (Edinburgh), Dr Richard Jones (Edinburgh), Dr Eric Stoddart (St Andrews) and Dr Randoph Lewis (Texas at Austin).  Once we’ve compiled all of the feedback we’ll start planning the next one: Stirling or St Andrews 2018! Which will it be? Watch this space!

Welcome to CRISP at St Andrews University


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Twitter – @CrispSurv

Welcome to the website for the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP). CRISP is a collaborative initiative between the University of St Andrews’ Management School, Stirling Management School and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences and School of Law. It is a new research centre that aims to become one of the leading research and knowledge exchange centres in Europe studying the many dimensions of the surveillance society and its consequences. CRISP also incorporates the Scottish Privacy Forum, a group of Scottish privacy, data protection and information professionals.

We will achieve our aims through producing and disseminating the results of funded scholarly research, media engagement and the promotion of networking and knowledge exchange between practitioners, academics, students, activists and society more generally.

Professor William Webster
Professor Kirstie Ball
Professor Charles Raab

CRISP Directors

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