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Gemma Galdon Clavell (Spain)

Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyist working on surveillance, the social, legal and ethical impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is currently working as a researcher at the Sociology Department at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where she is a leading partner and member of several research projects, such as Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS -FP7), Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS -COST) and the Virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security (SOURCE -FP7).

She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy in early 2012 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where she also got an MSc on 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 (TNI), the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security (ISPC). She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly Latin-American, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin-American Surveillance Studies Network (LASSN). 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 and the relationship between privacy and technology.