Ubicity is led by Professor David Murakami Wood, the Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Geography at Queen’s University, Ontario.
Educated at Oxford and Newcastle Universities in the UK, David Murakami Wood is also the Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of surveillance studies, and has spent his career so far studying security and surveillance in major global cities, particularly in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and London, the globalization of surveillance; emerging security and surveillance technologies, and surveillance culture, particularly surveillance in science fiction writing.
The lead Research Assistant is Michael Carter, who is also pursuing his doctoral research on the same topic. Michael earned a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and an MA from the University of Toronto. He is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s focused on surveillance and security practices in ‘smart cities’. His research critically examines the policies, practices and partnerships featured in the smart city movement. The team will increase in size, with more graduate researchers, as the project progresses.
Jennie Day was a Research Assistant for the Ubicity project. She completed her Masters degree in the department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University and is now working on her PhD at the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcaslte University in the UK. Her research focuses on the surveillance and security implications of autonomous vehicles (drones and driverless cars) within smart cities. Her work is driven by the desire to create democratic cities in which technological innovation and politically empowered citizens can coexist.
Vincenzo Alaimo was also a Research Assistant for Ubicity. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Toronto and has completed his Master’s thesis on Smart Cities and Open Data in Ontario in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University in 2016. He can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research is aided by the collaboration with two eminent international researchers: Professor Steve Graham of the Global Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University, UK, who has conducted pioneering work on urban surveillance, intelligent cities and war and urban security infrastructure; and Professor Torin Monahan, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, whose research has focused on both new surveillance technologies and on DHS Fusion Centers.