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I am currently studying an MA in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. The subject of my dissertation is surveillance, understood in its widest sense. I am carrying out my research in the art galleries of FACT Liverpool, in the North West of England.
This dissertation will be delivered by the autumn of 2017.
I am looking to carry out further research after this, though this will probably be in the private sector. My preferred place of work would be in the UK or Ireland. I am fascinated by the idea of research in most contexts, and would not need the structure of a university validation necessarily, though any such validation if forthcoming would be extremely welcome.
I am good at what I do.
Areas of research
I am interested in surveillance and tracking; sousveillance and ways of looking back; the malleability of the digital world; how criminal justice feels and is sensed; emotions and academia in general; and finally, at a personal level, something I have called “schizophrenality”, after Dr Emma Murray’s concept of “veteranality”, which in turn borrows gently from Michel Foucault’s “governmentality”.
An example of how I work
You can find below an assignment I wrote for the second semester of the aforementioned MA. It focusses on the subject of schizophrenia and how it may be used to further the crimes of the powerful.
As with all good learning, teaching and mentoring, I hope to be able to build on the strengths and learn from the weaknesses of the assignment, as I develop a broader ability to research complex and poorly understood topics in innovative and groundbreaking ways.
What I am looking for now
Initially, I am not focussing on looking for a particular role, so much as uncovering a particular environment.
I suspect it is much easier to function effectively in almost any role when one finds oneself in an environment which works well for one, than work well in a suitable role in an environment which fails to engage – or worse, reveals itself as inherently dysfunctional.
The kind of place I work well in is one where people are open, honest, focussed on objectives external to individuals, and are excited by new trails of thought where boundaries and limitations to new ideas are minimal. Flat hierarchies should preferably be a given. Ability and intelligence, as well as respect for all individuals, should be rewarded and understood. Loyalty should not bar sincerity and frank discussion. Democracy should exist, but should be a Good Democracy – perhaps as per Peter Levine’s definition: inclusive and yet simultaneously efficient.
Finally, curiosity should be encouraged via the space in question: it should not be necessary to think outside a box, if the box doesn’t exist in the first place.