Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Steve Wright
About Dr Steve Wright
Dr Steve Wright is a Reader in the School of Social Sciences. He studied for his BSc in Liberal studies in science at the University of Manchester. His PhD thesis at Lancaster University was on New Police Technologies & Sub-State Conflict Control.
For over three decades Wright has researched the proliferation of the technologies of political control and human rights violation. Much of this has involved field research and innovative ways of encouraging corporate responsibility.
He has contributed to the new research field of transfers of small arms and light weapons, whilst specializing in new policing systems such as sub-lethal weapons systems, torture technologies and surveillance.
His STOA report for the European Parliament exposed the global echelon telecommunications system; was featured in articles in every major newspaper in the world and continues to inform EC policy on security
He is a board member of Privacy International; the Mines Advisory Group; privacy International and ICRAC, the new group of specialists campaigning against autonomous weapons systems.
Wright enjoys an international reputation and has lectured on these issues in America, Russia, Africa, Australia, Europe and China.
Undergraduate modules on 'An Introduction to Peace and Conflict studies'; 'Theories of Peace & Security' and Advanced Surveillance Technologies.
Postgraduate courses on 'Critical Perspectives On Peace & Security' and 'State and Human Security paradigms.'
Wright currently researches new sub-lethal weapons systems and tactics and co-ordinates the international Threshold Group on Unconventional Weapons.
He is especially interested in corporate technologies being developed to fix borders against mass migration during episodes of rapid climate change.
He was a member of the EC Committee on Societal Impacts of Security Technology. This policy will ensure every future piece of security research will have a societal impacts assessment covering some €60 billion of future research activity.
Wright is currently participating on a number of FP& research projects on surveillance and privacy as well as being an expert panel member of the EC group monitoring exports of torture technology. The outcome of this work will be to deny human rights violators access to the modern tool-shops of the torturers.
- Ban on killer robots moves closer
- ‘Spy for peace’ to share secrets of career at free public talk
- Exposing international arms trade and surveillance