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Gemma Galdon Clavell

Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyst working on surveillance, the social, legal and ethical impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is a founding partner at Eticas Research & Consulting and a researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona’s Sociology Department.

She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received 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, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. 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. 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, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities.

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Update: 2 June 2017



Has participated in

Innovation and Privacy in Future Generations

A lecture by Hugh Forrest

The State of Surveillance

Technology and social control in the “smart city”


Bomb It

The Reverse Graffiti Project

MiniFest of NOW Documentaries