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STEaPP Seminar Series

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This unique series of events aims to share knowledge on hot topics and themes relating to our research with speakers from within UCL STEaPP, across the university and beyond.

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UCL researchers launch guide for frontline workers on how the Internet of Things (IoT) can affect victims of gender-based domestic and sexual violence and abuse

UCL researchers, Dr Leonie Tanczer, Dr Simon Parkin, Dr Trupti Patel and Professor George Danezis, today launched a guide and a resource list for frontline workers and support services working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The guide aims to help support services talk about abuse carried out using ‘smart’, internet-connected devices (also known as the Internet of Things, or IoT). It also explains common ways in which IoT devices work, in case abuse of this kind is suspected.

Published: Jul 5, 2018 12:46:34 PM

Government Consultation on Domestic Violence Law - Response from UCL Research Team

The Implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Victims of Gender-Based Domestic Violence and Abuse (G-IoT) Research Team (comprising of Dr Leonie Tanczer, Dr Simon Parkin, Dr Trupti Patel and Professor George Danezis) responded to the UK Government Domestic Violence Consultation and provided recommendations based on their research findings thus far.

The Consultation sought views on a number of specific measures that were set out in the Queen’s speech, as well as views on other steps that can be taken forward through future domestic abuse legislation.

Details on the Consultation can be found on the UK Government website.

Download the G-IoT response to the Consultation.

Published: Jun 6, 2018 5:54:48 PM

Arthur C. Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP, appointed Editor-in-Chief of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science

Following the announcement of the retirement of its distinguished editor, Professor Willem B. Drees, the Joint Publication Board (JPB) of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science is pleased to announce the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, Professor Arthur C. Petersen of University College London. The appointment will be effective June 2018, with an editorial start date in September. The transition between the two Editors will begin in June and be completed by the end of 2018.

Published: Apr 26, 2018 3:46:31 PM


Engineering Cities: Gender Walkshops

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the UCL City Leadership Laboratory will collaborate with artists to explore how inclusive our urban infrastructure is, and begin to develop creative solutions. 

Published: Jun 7, 2018 4:16:44 PM

InfoSec Seminar: Gender and IoT: Discussing security principles for victims of Internet of Things (IoT)-supported tech abuse

An increasing number of household devices are now “smart” in that they contain sensors, record activity, and share and store data – from teddy bears, door locks to smart TVs. However, little research exists on the gender-based implications such devices have in the context of the domestic household and, specifically, intimate controlling behaviour like gender-based violence and abuse. This presentation will outline findings from the "Gender and IoT" (G-IoT) research project which addresses the research question: How will IoT impact on gender-based domestic violence and abuse and what socio-technical measures will need to be implemented in order to mitigate against those risks? G-IoT is a 2017-18 Social Science Plus Pilot Project thatruns in collaboration with UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) and UCL's Department of Computer Science. In the course of the presentation, Leonie would like to stress-test resources developed for support services and for frontline domestic abuse workers and hopes to receive feedback and input on how to potentially improve them. More information about G-IoT can be found here

Published: Jun 5, 2018 12:07:18 PM

UCL Public Policy in Conversation with Nicola Blackwood

Want to hear how politicians use science? How science policy is formed and how your research might support decisions in Government? Join UCL Public Policy for a lunchtime conversation with Nicola Blackwood, where she discusses her career in politics, how scientific advice is used in making public policy and why relationships between academics and politicians are important. She will be interviewed by UCL’s Professor of Science and Research Policy, Graeme Reid.

Published: May 16, 2018 2:48:13 PM