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call: Mentorship program 2023

The Surveillance Studies Network mentorship program is calling for faculty members and PhD students who are interested to participate as mentors and mentees, respectively. One faculty member mentor will be paired with one PhD student mentee whose research concerns surveillance for a one-year period. 

The time commitment for faculty is minimal, but the program greatly assists surveillance scholars in developing their scholarship and networking with established scholars in the field. 

Over the one-year period, each pair will have a minimum of two discussions via phone or video chat. The focus of the discussions can be determined individually by each pair, but they might cover the mentee’s research or research interests, related literature, the academic job market, or other matters relating to their career. Please note that, as an informal mentorship arrangement, the program is intended only as a supplement and not a replacement to students’ pre-existing supervisor/mentorship relationships. 

If you are interested in participating, please email Mentorship Coordinator Oliver Kayas ( with your name, contact information, and up to five keywords of research interests. We will do our best to match faculty members and PhD students who share similar interests. 

Note: It is expected that PhD students participating in the program will become SSN members if they are not already. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Best wishes,

Dr Oliver Kayas

Winners of the SSN small grants 2019

The Small Grants Committee of SSN has awarded funding to four scholars in the 2019 cycle.

  • Allen Munoriyarwa:  State surveillance practices in Zimbabwe.
  • Amira Paripurna: This initiative research aims to explore the Public Attitude and Acceptance on Surveillance and Privacy, through collecting empirical evidence about the way of citizens in Surabaya perceive the relationship between privacy and the use of surveillance technology as well as elaborating the existing knowledge about the public attitude of privacy and surveillance technology. The subject of this study is the Community Group of Information (Komunitas Informasi Masyarakat/ KIM) in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Egwuchukwu Ani: Surveillance and privacy hypothetical surrounding the practices of big online intermediaries in an African context.
  • Uchenna Orji: Examines the concept of the right to privacy and the powers of some African States to carry out intrusive surveillance activities in the information society”.

SSN congratulates all awardees and is looking forward to learn more about their research.

SSN Small Research Grant: Funding Call

We are pleased to announce that in response to feedback from our members we have made available some funding to support scholars working in economically under-resourced regions.

Through a “Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) Small Research Grant” we will be able to make up to four awards of up to £500 each available for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award will also be accompanied by a two year SSN membership. The Small Grants Committee will review and select recipients based on the following criteria and process.


Surveillance Studies Network members (or non-members who conduct surveillance-related research and would like to become part of SSN) are encouraged to apply, with preference given to persons who:

  • justify themselves as working in an economically under-resourced region;
  • are early career researchers (i.e., a doctoral student or researcher who has earned their PhD in the last five years);
  • have not previously received funding through the SSN Small Research Grant; and,
  • submit all required criteria prior to the application deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

We will be evaluating applications based on their articulation of specific research-related activities that would significantly augment the applicant’s program of research, but that would not be feasible without additional funding. Additionally, we will take into consideration the overall feasibility of the proposed work and the extent to which it is likely to make a significant contribution to surveillance studies.


Please submit a brief proposal (1 page maximum) outlining the activities to be conducted, the importance of these activities to your program of research, a brief justification of your region of residence as economically under-resourced, comments on your suitability for the award based on the other criteria of preference, and a timeline for completion. (All awarded funds must be spent by June 30, 2020.) Additionally, please submit a separate budget (1 page maximum) outlining your plans for using any awarded funds up to a maximum of £500 (e.g., travel, transcription services, informant payments, technical equipment).

Send your proposal and budget in one document to Alana Saulnier on or before March 30, 2019.

Notification of awards will be made as soon as possible after the deadline.

Early Career Researcher awards

SSN board is proud to announce the winners of the Early Career Researcher awards for 2015 and 2016. We congratulate the winners!

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New book by Gary Marx: special offer!

Special offer to SSN members

The new book by Gary T. Marx has just been released: Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology.  Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016.

In this landmark book, Marx sums up a lifetime of work on issues of surveillance and social control by disentangling and parsing the empirical richness of watching and being watched.

UoCP is offering a 20% discount to SSN members and friends –  find out more.

you need this for later: marx2016garyt

Election: Members Representatives on the Network and Editorial Board

Megan Wood, Harrison Smith, Alana Saulnier, Minas Samatas, and Oliver Kayas have been nominated to serve as Members Representatives on the Network and Editorial Board.

All eligible members of the Surveillance Studies Network should receive by email an invitation to vote for one of these candidates. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected to serve on the Board until January 2018.

Balloting  is now closed. The winners will be announced at the Barcelona Conference and on the website soon.

Thanks for your participation.

SSN announces mentorship programme

The Surveillance Studies Network is initiating a mentorship program for doctoral students engaged in research topics on surveillance. We are looking for faculty members and Ph.D. students who would be willing to participate. The time commitment would be minimal, but we anticipate that the program would greatly assist young scholars in conceptualizing their projects and networking with established scholars in the field. This will be an informal mentorship arrangement intended to supplement existing mentorship relationships that students have.

For those involved, one faculty member will be paired with one Ph.D. student for a one-year period. The expectation would be that each pair would have at least two conversations (by phone, Skype, or in person at a conference) over the course of the year. The conversations could be about the student’s research, the job market, or literatures that might be relevant to the student’s work.

If you are interested in participating, please email Torin Monahan <<>> by April 20th with your name, contact information, and keywords of research interests. We will do our best to match faculty members and Ph.D. students and with shared interests. We would be grateful for faculty members who would be willing to assist SSN in offering this important service to our community.

Note: Ph.D. students that want to participate will have to become members (if they are not already) of SSN.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Torin Monahan

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