Kevin Haggerty

Canada Research Chair in Criminology and Surveillance Studies

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2023-05-01
University of Alberta
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Studying the social, political and ethical impact of new forms of surveillance.

Research relevance

This research will guide organizations on security protocols and proper use of data.

Research summary

Most people in Canada’s criminal justice system are vulnerable or marginalized individuals who are dealing with mental health and addiction issues, poverty, homelessness and prior victimization. As Canada Research Chair in Criminology and Surveillance Studies, Dr. Kevin Haggerty is studying the relationships between the criminal justice system and processes of exclusion and marginalization.

Working with community partners, he and his research team are focusing on four areas: reintegration, opioid use, big data, and structured intervention units (a new type of isolation unit that has replaced solitary confinement). Their research will result in publications, related reports, workshops, and social media campaigns. Ultimately, it will increase our understanding of the effects that Canada’s criminal justice system can have on the lives of vulnerable people.