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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP)

Welcome to the website for the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP). CRISP is a collaborative initiative between the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences and School of Law, the University of Stirling’s Management School, the  University  of St. Andrews Management  School, and the University of Essex. CRISP 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. It holds an Annual CRISP lecture, runs a Doctoral Training School every two years, and collaborates with other organistions in presenting surveillance-related seminars and other events.  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.

CRISP is delighted to announce the launch in April 2017 of a new book series, 'Routledge Studies in Surveillance', edited by the Directors of CRISP. Authors' book proposals are welcome. For details please see

CRISP Directors

  • Professor Charles Raab (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor William Webster (University of Stirling)
  • Professor Kirstie Ball (University of St. Andrews)
  • Professor Pete Fussey (University of Essex)