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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.

Current Teaching

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.'

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (8)

Books (1)

  • Halpin E; Trevorrow PA; Webb D; Wright S; Wright S ed. (2006) Cyberwar, Netwar and the Revolution in Military Affairs. . Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters (9)

  • Hayes B; Wright S; Humble A (2015) From Refugee Protection to Militarised Exclusion: What Future For Climate Refugees?. In: Hayes B; Wright S; Humble A The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World. : Pluto Press, pp. .
  • Wright S; Humble A (2015) A techno-Politics Of exclusion - How To Shock People Out Of Passive Somnolence. In: Wright S; Humble A Supramarkt - How to frack The Fatal forces of the Capitalocene. Sweden: Irene Publishing, pp. 232-269.
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  • Wright S (2014) 'Harmless' weapons and crowd control. In: Wright S Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm. : , pp. .
  • Dastbaz M; Halpin EF; Wright S (2013) Emerging Technologies and Human Rights Challenges of Rapidly Expanding State Surveillance Capacities. In: Dastbaz M; Halpin EF; Wright S Strategic Intelligence Management: National Security Imperatives and Information and Communications Technologies. : Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. .
  • WRIGHT S (2011) The Work of Fethullah Gulen and the Role of Non-Violence in A Time of Terror. In: WRIGHT S European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives On and From the Gulen Movement. London, New York: Continuum, pp. .
  • WRIGHT S (2011) Policing Borders In A Time Of Rapid Climate Change. In: WRIGHT S Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. : Hexagon Series, pp. .
  • WRIGHT S (2010) Paul Smoker - A Life in Peace. In: WRIGHT S The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. .
  • Wright S (2007) Preparing for Mass Refugee Flows: The Corporate Military Sector. In: Wright S Surviving climate change: The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe. : Pluto Press, pp. .
  • Martin B; Wright S (2007) Countershock: Challenging Pushbutton Torture. In: Martin B; Wright S Justice ignited. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 143-156.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (2)

  • Wright S (2006) A systems approach to analysing sub-state conflicts. In: Annual Conference of the Cybernetics-Society London School of Economics, London 20040903. : , pp. 182-194.
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  • Wright S; Poole R (1982) TARGET Northwest. In: . Manchester: Manchester Free Press, pp. .

Internet publications (2)

  • Wright S (2007), When Drugs Become Weapons
  • Wright S; Arthur C (2006), Targeting The Pain Business

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Wright S (2003), Civilising the torture trade
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