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Prof Dean Wilson

Post:Professor of Criminology (Sociology)

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Dean Wilson is Professor of Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex. A criminologist and surveillance scholar, Dean's primary research interests are policing, surveillance, security and technology. He has conducted empirical research projects examining the history of urban policing, the operation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), and police perceptions and procedures in relation to victims of crime. Dean has also conducted smaller scale research projects examining biometric technology and security, youth and surveillance, identity cards, policing, protest and visual technologies, military surveillance, immigration policing and predictive policing. Professor Wilson was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia; Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Australia; and Reader at Plymouth University. He is also a Co-Director of the Surveillance Studies Network, an Associate Editor of the journal Surveillance & Society and a Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre (CRC) at the University of Sussex. Dean recently published (with Jude McCulloch) the first book-length criminological study of pre-emption (2016) Pre-Crime: Pre-emption, Precaution and the Future, Routledge. His current projects continue to examine the interface between policing, security and technology.



BA (History and English) University of Auckland, New Zealand 1988

MA (Hons) (History) University of Auckland, New Zealand 1993

PhD (History) Monash University, Australia 2001



Surveillance Studies Network

European Group for the Study of Social Control and Deviance

British Society of Criminology



Associate Editor Surveillance & Society