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Tim Nissen

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PHD TITLE

Developing tools for anticipating and mitigating the negative social impact, while preserving the positive social impact, of security technologies for use by developers of these technologies upstream in the design process.



FIRST DEGREE

B.Arts (psychology & literature)

Graduate Law Degree

LLM (criminal law)

MRes (security science)

PREVIOUS JOBS

13 years of various management roles within the international hospitality industry.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Australia

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

I was in the process of changing careers when I first encountered the UCL SECReT programme and found myself drawn to the intellectual challenges and contemporary relevance such a multi-disciplinary course promised. There was also the added attraction of being one of the first cohort of a programme I believe will prove a blueprint of excellence for other centres with similar security-centric goals.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My areas of research interest include; (a) how new security technologies impact upon and integrate into society at large, (b) how input from the public can improve upon security technologies earlier in the design process, (c) how to democratise our national security, and (c) the combined effects of individual security measures on essential liberties. 

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Enjoy travelling with my partner.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

Working within the commercial security industry, helping to exploit the views of the general public which I see as an under-utilised resource within security-centric technological innovations.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

I am looking to work with those organisations conducting security technology R&D which would assist in the development of the methodologies set out in my PhD title. 

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Public attitudes to airport security: The case of whole body scanners. Security Journal, 5 September 2011

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2009 European Security Research Conference, Stockholm

2009 National Environmental Crime Conference

2009 IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security

2010 Westminster Legal Policy Forum on data management, privacy and surveillance

2010 ESCI Conference - Changing perceptions of citizens' security and acceptance of security-enhancing interventions, Germany

2010 EU workshop on societal security in research and development - Brussels

2010 The 4th International Crime Science Conference

2011 Google - The Big Tent - Online Privacy versus Innovation

2011 UK National Security Conference