Teaching Staff


Alejandro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science by the Instituto Tecnológio Autónomo de México (2006) and a PhD in Humanities by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2011). He has been a postdoctoral fellow twice: first at the research group Memory and Future at the Master in Social Psychology of Groups and Institutions of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco (2012-2014) and then at the research group on Standardization & Internationalization of Science in the Postwar Period at the Science Faculty of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2015). Since 2011 he is the editor in chief of the website of the association Nuestra Aparente Rendición, that works —intellectually, practically and artistically— for peace in Mexico. He is also an advisor for the Mexican Forensic Anthropology Team. Along with Lolita Bosch he edited the book "Tú y yo coincidimos en la noche terrible" that contains the life stories of the missing and murdered journalists in Mexico. He considers himself as an amphibious researcher, activist and journalist. His research-action interests are: enforced disappearance, terrorism, press freedom, surveillance, public security, genocide and migration.


Augusto Delkáder was born in Cádiz, Spain and received a first degree in Political Science from the University Complutense of Madrid, having spent also one year in the Hague. He holds a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Internacional Relations by Spain's Diplomatic School, a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies at UCM, UDELAR and UCR and a title of Expert in International Development Cooperation (UNED-OEI). He has work experience in Public Policy, International Relations and Development Cooperation at the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), at the Spanish Parliament and at international consulting firms. Currently, he is working as a Programme Manager at the Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI) and he is also PhD candidate in International Relations at UCM. Moreover, he has been an International Election Observer in the OSCE/ODHIR Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Albania (June, 2017). Can be followed on Twitter @AugustoDelkader and LinkedIn es.linkedin.com/in/augustodelkader


Pete is a criminologist specializing in a number of areas including surveillance and society, terrorism and counter-terrorism, critical studies of resilience, major-event security, organized crime and urban sociology. He has published extensively in these areas, was recently elected a director of the Surveillance Studies Network and, during 2015, was part of a small team of co-investigators awarded an ESRC Large Grant on Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data. He has also recently concluded working on two large-scale ESRC and EPSRC funded research projects analysing counter-terrorism in the UK’s crowded spaces and, separately, future urbanism and resilience towards 2050. His other work focuses on organised crime in the EU with particular reference to human trafficking for criminal exploitation (monograph in press, published by Routledge in early 2017). He has also co-authored one of the UK's best selling criminology textbooks: "Criminology: A Sociological Introduction" with colleagues from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.


Susan teaches at San José State University, California. A former academic librarian with experience in government documents and science reference, Dr. Maret's teaching and research foceses on information policy, particulary government secrecy and information rights. Dr. Maret served as guest editor of volume 19 Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (RSPPP), which includes articles on the relationships between secrecy, privacy, censorship, and national security. Her latest research project is editor of RSPPP volume 21 honoring the work of sociologist William R. Freudenburg. Dr. Maret contributed an article linking Freudenburg's recreancy theory, or the failure of institutions to carry out their duty, to the September 11, 2001 disaster. In 2014, she received a Distinguished Scholar award from the School of Information. Maret blogs at bkofsecrets.wordpress.com


Mario holds a PhD in Law and a Master of Research Degree from the European University Institute (Italy), a Master Degree in Private Law and a postgraduate degree in Consumer Law from UERJ (Brazil), and a postgraduate degree in Private Law from UFF (Brazil). Mario worked from 2003 to 2014 as a special projects manager at the Brazilian Insurance Industry Confederation. He also acted as an international consultant on personal data protection for the UN Development Program and as a member of the ad-hoc review panel do Committee on Data for Science and Technology do International Council for Science (France). Mario teaches at post-graduate courses at UERJ (Brazil) and at the FGV Law Program (Brazil). He is the author of books, book chapters and articles on data protection, new technologies and internet issues.


Whitney Iles is the CEO of Project 507 Ltd, a social enterprise that was established to change systemic conditions that generate violence by developing innovative solutions to create positive peace. She has over 13 years experience as a frontline practitioner in the serious youth violence sector and works from a trauma-informed perspective. She is also a senior member of the Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings and a British Psychoanalytical Counsel Trainee.


Franco-Italian systems engineer and whistle-blower who is behind the biggest banking leak in history, a list of HSBC clients and from other banks who allegedly used the bank to evade taxes and launder money.


Rodrigo Firmino is professor in Urban Management at Pontifical Catholic University (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, and a CNPq Research Fellow, and actually he is a visiting scholar at UCL (London). He also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of São Paulo – USP in a project to study the integration between urban and technological developments in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. He obtained a PhD in Urban Planning from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, U.K. in 2004, working alongside Prof. Stephen Graham and Dr Alessandro Aurigi. The project, entitled “Building the Virtual city: Dilemmas of Integrating Strategies for Urban and Electronic Spaces”, explored in detail the relations between physical and virtual urban spaces in terms of planning and policy making strategies. He also holds an MPhil in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo (2000), sponsored by FAPESP, and was trained as architect and planner at State University of São Paulo (1995).


Gloria González Fuster is a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Member of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group, she investigates legal issues related to fundamental rights, privacy, personal data protection and security, and lectures on fundamental rights protection in European Union (EU) law in the context of the Master of Laws in International and European Law (PILC) of VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES).


Ciara Bracken-Roche is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, and member of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University. Ciara received her BSc. from the University of Toronto, and her MA from the University of Warwick, UK where her dissertation focused on the European Union’s bordering systems and databases. Ciara’s ongoing interest is in the relationship between the state, society and the individual with a strong theoretical background in critical security studies, international relations and sociology and surveillance. Her dissertation research analyzes the contribution of unmanned aerial systems to the rapid expansion of security, policing and commercial surveillance.


Chiara Fonio (PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research) is a researcher in Sociology at ITSTIME, Catholic University of Milan. Her research interests range from the history of surveillance to crisis management. She has been involved in several EU-funded projects focused on surveillance, security and crisis management both as a co-PI and as a researcher. Recent publications include: History of State Surveillance in Europe and Beyond (eds. Kees Boersma, Rosamunde Van Brakel, Chiara Fonio and Pieter Wagenaar) Routledge 2014; Security, Surveillance and Geographical Patterns at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg (co-authored with Giovanni Pisapia), Geographical Journal, May 2014, DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12089.


Dr. Ben Wagner runs the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina and is a Visiting Fellow at TU-Berlin and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on freedom of expression, surveillance technology & Internet foreign policy and has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications. He has advised and written policy briefs for the European Parliament, Hivos & TacticalTech.


Antonella Galetta holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law (University of Macerata, 2006), a Master's Degree in European and International Studies/International Relations - law track - (University of Trento, 2009) and a Second Level Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Politics (University of Bologna, 2010). In 2008 she was a visiting student at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada where she conducted research for her Master thesis. Between 2010 and 2011 she worked at the European Parliament as a trainee and for a European NGO participating in the development of technical standards. She joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and VUB’s Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) in 2012 where she worked on the EU FP7 project IRISS, ‘Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies’ (February 2012 - January 2015).


Lawyer specialised in human rights and technology. Co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of contemporary forms of surveillance. Vice-president of European Digital Rights – a coalition of 33 privacy and civil rights organisations. Board member of Tactical Technology Collective and Amnesty International (Poland). Member of the Council for Digitisation in Poland. Graduate of the University of Warsaw (Law) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Development Studies).


I am Lecturer at the University of A Coruña. I have been Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for the FP7 Project SURPRISE. My current area of expertise is science and technology studies, and my research specifically addresses public engagement and public assessment of science and technology controversies.


Dimitris Tsapogas is the Executive Director of Critical Citizens, a research, education and advocacy non-profit organisation that promotes citizens’ critical empowerment. Prior to this position, he has worked for years as a PhD researcher at the University of Vienna, where he is currently completing his thesis that has been exploring the relationship between digital surveillance and citizenship. Dimitris’ research has been presented at numerous international conferences and he has published on topics around surveillance and citizenship, privacy and surveillance attitudes, privacy and data protection policies and digital citizenship. He has also taught topics related to his research at the University of Vienna, the University of Crete and the Hellenic Air Force Academy. Dimitris holds an MSc in Interactive Technologies from the University of Brighton in UK and a Bachelor in Philosophy and History of Science from the University of Athens.


Lisa Lucile Owens is a Ph.D. candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in New York. Lisa holds two graduate law degrees, a J.D. and an LL.M., and is a member of the Massachusetts state bar. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Lisa worked at the Harvard Management Company, Planned Parenthood, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her recent publications are listed here (http://sociology.columbia.edu/node/347)


Cecilia Milesi is an expert in conflict transformation, human rights, public policies and citizens’ participation in processes promoting economic and social justice and dialogue. Cecilia has more than 20 years’ experience in the strengthening of change processes in the Global South and North, having hold positions of leadership and advisory roles in some of the most renowned organisations around the globe such as the Amnesty International (International Secretariat, London), Conciliation Resources (UK), Oxfam (Global), BRICS Policy Center (Global South Unit for Mediation, Brazil), CDA-Collaborative Learning (USA), Subir al Sur (Argentina), Fundacion SES (Argentina), Synergos (USA), among others. Cecilia has worked and supported social leaders and organisations in Latino America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2014, Cecilia was selected Fellow in the Global South Unit for Mediation of BRICS Policy Centre, Brazil. Cecilia is a Sociologist (University of Buenos Aires), holds a Diploma in Anthropology and Social Development (FLACSO) and a Master in Violence, Conflict and Development (London University, SOAS). She is a trained mediator and facilitator of complex dialogues. Cecilia is a member of Somaliland Focus UK and supports the peace process in this internationally-unrecognized country. More information: www.ceciliamilesi.com


Diana Miranda, (b 1987), studied Sociology at the University of Minho, Portugal (2006-2009). From 2008 to 2010 Diana worked as a junior researcher in different research projects at University of Minho and University of Coimbra. In 2010 Diana started a masters program in Criminology in the Law School – University of Porto. Since 2011 she has been working on her PhD at Minho with the supervision of Professor Helena Machado. Her thesis is related to criminal identification technologies and its uses and impacts on the body and identity of the ‘criminal’. Throughout her work she has conducted extensive qualitative research, particularly in her PhD following a grounded theory approach underpinned by extensive interviews with actors from the Portuguese criminal justice system eg prisoners, detectives, prison wardens etc. Her main research interests lie in the domain of sociology of crime, social studies of forensic science, surveillance studies, and science and technology studies.


Eric King is the Deputy Director at Privacy International. He has been with Privacy International since 2010 creating the Big Brother Incorporated Project, an investigation into the international trade of surveillance technology. More recently he helped launch Eyes Wide Open, a campaign to bring the intelligence agencies of the Five Eyes under the rule of law. He has previously worked at Reprieve, is on the advisory council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research and holds a degree in law from the London School of Economics where he also occasionally teaches.


Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyst working on surveillance, social, legal and ethical impacts of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is a founding partner at Eticas Research & Consulting and a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona’s Sociology Department. She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy in early 2012 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received an MSc in Policy Management, and was later appointed Director of the Security Policy Programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously, she worked at the Transnational Institute, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly in Latin America, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin American Surveillance Studies Network. Additionally, she is a member of the international advisory board of Privacy International and a regular analyst on TV, radio and print media. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of surveillance in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega events, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities.

The masters on Security Policy and Technology has a faculty staff with both a long experience in teaching and research careers widely recognized. To implement this master, expert researchers on each field have been selected on each of the subjects taught.


  • Antonella Galetta, Phd Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Augusto Délkader, Political Scientist and public sector consultant
  • Ben Brucato, PhD in Science and Technology Studies
  • Cecilia Milesi, Sociologist, MSc on Violence, Conflict and Development
  • Diana Miranda, PhD Researcher, University of Minho
  • Elvira Santiago, Postdoctoral researcher
  • Gemma Galdon Clavell, PhD in Public Policy
  • Genís Margarit, Telecom Engeneer and IT security consultant
  • Gertjan Boulet, PhD candidate in Law at Faculty of Law & Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, PhD in Law
  • Hervé Falciani, Systems Engineer, whistleblower of the Falciani’s list information relating to tax evaders
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, lawyer specialized in human rights and technology, Panoptykon Foundation
  • Lisa Lucile Owens, Phd Candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in New York
  • Mario Viola, PhD in Law
  • Pete Fussey, PhD in Criminology and Sociology
  • Susan Maret, PhD and profesor at San Jose State University
  • Whitney Iles, CEO of Project 507 Ltd, serious youth violence practitioner


Dr. Gemma GaldonClavell, gemma@eticasconsulting.com
Universitat de Girona & Eticas Research & Consulting


Dr. Alejandro Vélez Salas, alejandro.velez@udg.edu
Griselda Casadellà Cunillera, griselda@eticasconsulting.com
Universitat de Girona & Eticas Research & Consulting