Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel is a research professor at the Law, Science, Technology & Society research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel specialised in surveillance and crime control. She is currently coordinating the VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies. In April 2018 she successfully defended her PhD Taming the Future? A Rhizomatic Analysis of the Unintended Consequences of Pre-emptive Surveillance of Children under supervision of Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert and Prof. Dr. Kristel Beyens. Her main research focuses on (the history of) the governance of crime control and surveillance. In addition to her research, she is a director of the annual international Conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection and is co-founder and executive director of the LSTS-spin-off Privacy Salon.
She studied educational sciences and criminology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the University of Ottawa. Previous experiences include working as a policy assistant for the Representative of the Flemish Government in the UK and as a researcher for the Belgian Ministry of Justice. In the past at the VUB she has conducted research on freedom infringements of transport security technologies and evaluation and certification schemes for security products in the context of the EU FP7 projects SIAM and CRISP. From 2014-2015 she was seconded to work as a research fellow for the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy on the project: Big Data, Privacy and Security.
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