Gavin J.D. Smith joined ANU in 2012 as a senior fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney and a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at City University London. He completed an ESRC-funded PhD at The University of Aberdeen in 2009 which explored the situated practices and experiences of CCTV camera operators. He holds from the same university an MA (Hons) in Sociology and an MRes in Social Research Methods.
While in Sydney, Gavin helped establish The Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group, an interdisciplinary collective of scholars interested in the cultural drivers and impacts of surveillance practices. The group’s activities have resulted in special issues/sections of Surveillance & Society (2013), Critical Public Health (2013) and Body & Society (2016), and various workshops and conferences. He is an international collaborator on The New Transparency Project (an MCRI project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and a co-editor of Surveillance & Society. He has held positions on the executive board of the Surveillance Studies Network. He has previously been a Research Associate in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Researcher at Concordia University, Canada. He currently holds a Visiting Fellowship in the School of Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh and at RegNet. He is also a Research Associate in The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University London, and an International Research Associate in the Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Japan. He is regularly consulted by the media on the social impacts of digital technologies/data.
In the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Gavin lectures on the level 1000 Sociology course, Self and Society, and level 2000 Sociology/Criminology courses, Surveillance and Society and Controversies in Crime Control. He is also the undergraduate convenor of the sociology curriculum.
Surveillance and visibility; digital technologies; governance; theories of data; self-tracking; M-health; subjective experiences of data; embodiment.
Smith, G.J.D. and P. O’Malley (2017) ‘Driving politics: data-driven governance and resistance’, The British Journal of Criminology, DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azw075.
Smith, G.J.D. and B. Vonthethoff (2016) ‘Health by Numbers? Exploring the practice and experience of datafied health’, Health Sociology Review, DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1196600.
French, M. and G.J.D. Smith (2016) ‘Surveillance and Embodiment: Dispositifs of Capture’, Body & Society, 22(2): 3-27, DOI: 10.1177/1357034X16643169.
Smith, G.J.D. (2016) ‘Life through a Lens: risk, surveillance and subjectivity’, International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 5(1): 82-97, DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v5i1.281.
Smith, G.J.D. (2016) ‘Surveillance, Data and Embodiment: On the Work of Being Watched’, Body & Society, 22(2): 108-139, DOI: 10.1177/1357034X15623622.
Smith, G.J.D. (2015) Opening the Black Box: The Work of Watching, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
French, M. and G.J.D. Smith (2013) ‘‘Health’ surveillance: new modes of monitoring bodies, populations, and polities’, Critical Public Health, 23(4): 383–392.