Dr Daniel Wilson

Dr Daniel Wilson

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Dr Wilson completed his undergraduate and initial postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His Masters thesis was an historical study of violence, the law and local community in a colonial settlement. Dean continued postgraduate study in Australia, gaining a scholarship to Monash University where he undertook the first major historical study of urban policing in Australia. Having completed his PhD in 2001, Dean has subsequently concentrated on contemporary criminological research, including research into closed circuit television and surveillance practices, policing and victims of crime and media representations of criminal justice. Dean's research and teaching engage interdisciplinary methodologies that traverse the fields of criminology, sociology, media and cultural studies, law, history and politics. Dean was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in criminology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia between 2003 and 2010. He joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice team at the University of Plymouth in September 2010.


BA Auckland, 1989                                                                     
MA (Hons) Auckland, 1993                                                       
PhD Monash, 2000                                                                     
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Monash, 2005             

Professional membership

British Society of Criminology
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
International Sociological Association
Surveillance Studies Network
World Society of Victimology
European Society of Criminology, 2012-

Roles on external bodies

Victorian Law Reform Commission, Expert Advisory Panel Member, Surveillance in Public Places, 2008-2009

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (Victorian Representative, Executive Committee, 2003-2007, Chair, Sub-committee on postgraduate issues).

Editor, Asia Pacific region, Surveillance and Society Online Journal, 2006-2010

Editorial Board Member, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 2009-present.

Editorial Board Member, Surveillance and Society Online Journal, 2006-present.

Grants & contracts

Grants Awarded (External Competitive)

2007 Australia Research Council Discovery Grant DP0880323 ‘Closed Circuit Television Surveillance, Security Networks and Australian Public Space’ Chief Investigator $60 000 over 2 years (2008-2010)

2006 Australia Research Council Linkage Grant LP0775304 ‘The Police Role in Victim and Witness Support’ Chief Investigator Total Grant $310 902 over four years (2007-2011)

2002 ‘Public CCTV in Australia: A Comparative Study of Establishment and Operation’, Criminology Research Council Grant 26/01-02, $36 062 awarded over six months. (with Dr Adam Sutton)

2002 Crime Prevention Victoria, Department of Justice, $5000 towards study of CCTV in public spaces in Australia. (with Dr Adam Sutton)

Grants Awarded Internal 2013 Community Research Award, 'Eviction: Policy, Practice and Change' (with Dr Oliver Smith and Shelter Devon,

Books (sole authored)

2006 The Beat: Policing a Victorian City, Melbourne: Circa Press. ISBN 0 9757802 5 5

Books & Special Editions (edited)

2011 ‘Theorizing Surveillance in Crime Control’ special edition of Theoretical Criminology 15(1) (with Kevin Haggerty & Gavin Smith)

2006 Surveillance, Crime and Social Control (with Clive Norris), International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology, 2nd series, Dartmouth: Ashgate. ISBN 0 7546 2460 9


Book Chapters

Forthcoming ’Military Surveillance’ in K. Haggerty, K. Ball & D. Lyon (eds.) International Handbook of Surveillance Studies, London: Routledge.

Forthcoming ‘Well Set Up Men’: Respectable Masculinity and Police Organizational Culture in Melbourne, 1853-c. 1920’in D. Barrie & S. Broomhill (eds.) A History of Police and Masculinties, 1700-2010, Cullompton: Willan.

2009 ‘Histories of Policing’ in R. Broadhurst & S. Davis (eds.) Policing in Context, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008 ‘The Politics of Australia’s Access Card’ in C. Bennett & D. Lyon (eds.) Playing the Identity Card, Routledge: London.

2006 ‘Sleuths or Technicians? The Changing Image of the Detective in Victoria’ in Haia Shpayer-Makov and Clive Emsley (eds.) Police Detectives in History, 1750-1950, Dartmouth: Ashgate (with Professor Mark Finnane)

2006 ‘Biometrics, Borders and the Ideal Suspect’ in Sharon Pickering & Leanne Weber (eds.) Borders, Mobilities and Technologies of Control. Dordrecht: Springer.

2005 ‘Traces & Transmissions: Techno-Scientific Symbolism in early twentieth century policing’ in Graeme Dunstall & Barry Godfrey (eds.) Crime and Empire 1849-1940: Criminal Justice in local and global context, Cullompton: Willan.

2001 ‘Community and Gender in Victorian Auckland’ in Judith Binney (ed), The Shaping of History: Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History, Auckland: Bridget Williams Books/Auckland University Press, Chapter 13.

Refereed Articles

(forthcoming) ‘Police-based Victim Services: Australian and International Models’ Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management

(with Dr Marie Segrave)

(forthcoming) ‘Video activism and the ambiguities of counter-surveillance’ Surveillance & Society (with Dr Tanya Serisier)

2010 ‘Why has it only become an issue now?: Young peoples perceptions of drug driving in Melbourne, Victoria’ Youth Studies Australia, 29(1): 45-54. (with Laura Ann Wilson)

2008 ‘Surveillance, Risk and Preemption on the Australian Border’ Surveillance and Society 5(2): 124-141 (with Dr Leanne Weber)

2007 ‘Australian Biometrics and Global Surveillance’ International Criminal Justice Review, 17 (3): 207-219, special edition on risk profiling and surveillance edited by Professor David Lyon.

2005 ‘Open-Street CCTV in Australia: Politics, Resistance and Expansion’ (with Dr Adam Sutton) Surveillance and Society 2(2/3): 310-322.

2005 ‘Behind the Cameras: Monitoring Open-Street CCTV in Australia’ Security Journal. 18(1): 43-54.

2005 ‘Policing Poverty: Destitution and Police Work in Melbourne, 1880-1910’ Australian Historical Studies, 37(125): 97-112.

2004 ‘“Watched Over or Over Watched”: Open-Street CCTV in Australia’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 37(2): 211-230 (with Dr Adam Sutton)

2004 ‘Contemporary Comment: Media, Secrecy and Guantanamo Bay’ Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 16(1): 79-84 (with Sharon Pickering and Amanda Third)

2004 ‘Payday Lending: Policy Making for the Financial Fringe’, Just Policy, 33: 17-25.

2003 ‘Open-Street CCTV in Australia’, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 271, Australian Institute of Criminology: Canberra (with Dr. Adam Sutton).

2003 ‘The Melbourne Constable as Automatic Policeman’, Victorian Historical Journal, 74(2): 197-224.

2002 ‘Explaining the “Criminal”: Ned Kelly’s Death Mask’, The LaTrobe Journal, Autumn, 69: 51-58.

1996 ‘Community and Gender in Victorian Auckland’, New Zealand Journal of History, April, 30(1): 24-42.


Referred Conference Papers

2008 ‘Researching CCTV: Security Networks and the Transformation of Public Space’ in C. Cunneen & M. Salter (eds) Proceedings of the 2nd Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney Australia, 19-20 June; http://www.cjrn.unsw.edu.au/critcrimproceedings2008.pdf



2009 ‘CCTV’ in J. Fleming & A. Wakefield (eds.) Sage Dictionary of Policing, Sage: London.

2006 ‘CCTV and Crime Prevention’ Local Government Reporter, Butterworths: Sydney.

2005 ‘Police and Policing’, Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2005 short entries (300-500 words), ‘1923 Police Strike’, ‘Police Gazette’, ‘Phrenology’, ‘Marine Store Dealers’, ‘Pawnbrokers’, ‘Special Constables’, Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2004 Book Review of Norval Morris Machonichie's Gentlemen & Emsley, Dunstall & Godfrey (eds) Comparative Histories of Crime. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 37(2): 296-301.

2003 ‘A Vision of Control: The proliferation of CCTV in Australia’, Arena Magazine, February-March, 63: 33-34.

2002 ‘Benevolent Vision? Public CCTV Surveillance’ in Chris Chesner et al. Networks of Excellence: Fibreculture 2002, Sydney: Waikato Institute of Technology/Power Institute, p. 13.

2002 ‘The Decline of the Beat: Organisational Change in the Policing of Melbourne, 1854-1923’, W. Rumbles & P. Havemann (eds) Prospects and Retrospects: Law and History 20th Annual Law and History Conference Proceedings, Faculty of Law/Department of History, University of Waikato, pp. 115-121.

1997 Review of David Walker et al. Crimes and Trials, Australian Cultural History, no. 12, 1993, Labour History, November.

Reports & invited lectures

2010 Marginalized Young People, Surveillance and Public Space, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria: Melbourne (with J. Rose & E. Colvin) ISBN: 978-0-9807530-6-6.

2003 Todd Mall Closed Circuit Television Feasibility Study, Alice Springs: Alice Springs Town Council.

2003 Open-Street CCTV in Australia: a comparative study of establishment and operation, Canberra: Criminology Research Council (with Dr Adam Sutton).

2002 Payday Lending in Victoria—A Research Report, Melbourne: Consumer Law Centre Victoria.