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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, here in the North West of England.
This dissertation will be delivered by 31st August 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 Dublin or Liverpool. 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, though not everyone understands what I do for what it is.
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 a rather primitive essay, with significant weaknesses and technical flaws, which I wrote for Dr Murray a couple of months ago, on precisely this concept of schizophrenality I have coined: essentially, on the subject of schizophrenia and how it may be used in crimes of the powerful.
As with all good learning, teaching and mentoring, I hope to be able to build on the mistakes made in this 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 a particular environment.
It is much easier to function effectively in almost any role when in an environment which works well for you, than work well in a suitable role in an environment which simply fails to engage – or worse, is inherently dysfunctional.
The kind of environment I work well in is one where people are open, honest, focussed on objectives external to individuals, and excited by new trails of thought where boundaries and limitations to new ideas are minimal. Flat hierarchies must be a given. Ability and intelligence, as well as respect to all individuals, should be rewarded and understood. Loyalty should not bar sincerity and frank discussion. Democracy should exist, but should be a Good Democracy as per Peter Levine’s definition: inclusive and simultaneously efficient.
Finally, wayward thinking should be encouraged: it should not be necessary to think out of the box, because the box should not exist in the first place.