Is it a university building or an unethical experiment in social psychology? Why not both?

Visiting the art college and the Informatics school reminds me how uncreative most academic buildings and arrangements are. Many bear a striking resemblance to Dunder Mifflin, a monastery made of MDF, or the offices of a well established but slightly shady law company specialising in lengthy divorce battles. Students are …

Stabilising security market abstractions

My study is illicit market ecosystems. The counterparts are global insecurity markets. These are growing markets in policing and public order solutions. They extend from gear – riot shields, body cameras, conducted energy devices like the Taser – to eyes – surveillance methods, smart policing algorithms. Each device produces a …

My reading list for the next wee while

Inspired by a discussion of corporate fraud and wage theft I am aiming to incorporate this work into my Illicit Markets course: Smith D (2013) The “Hyper-meritocracy” – an Oxymoron Led by Criminal Morons. In: New Economic Perspectives. Available at: http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2013/10/hyper-meritocracy-oxymoron-led-criminal-morons.html(accessed 14 October 2020). Akerlof GA, Romer PM, Hall RE, …

Invisible Touch

Republished from the Edinburgh Decameron Angus Bancroft What do you touch most everyday? Your face? Your hair? Someone else, you lucky duck? Coffee cup? Door handle? Keyboard and screen?  A lot of our social, leisure and work lives were conducted digitally before lockdown and now it seems nearly all of …