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Emily Van Der Meulen

Title:

Criminology

Office:

Department of Criminology

Specialization:

Department of Criminology

Biography:

Dr. Emily van der Meulen was Principal Investigator of one of the first studies ever to focus exclusively on women and their experiences with closed circuit television (CCTV). Entitled The Gendered Lens: Women’s Experiences with Video Surveillance and Urban Security in Toronto (Co-Investigator: Amanda Glasbeek, York University), the mixed-methods, SSHRC-funded study examined the relationship between the increased presence of CCTV cameras and women’s sense of urban security. Emily and her research team consulted specific socio-demographic groups of women (trans women inclusive) from across Toronto, including sex workers, low-income women, racialized women, senior women, and women who frequent Toronto’s club district. The intensive research process consisted of rigorous community networking and recruitment, multiple focus groups, survey data collection, a final feedback session, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The study’s final community report can be downloaded here. Other publications featuring study data can be found in Surveillance & Society, Theoretical Criminology, and the edited collection, Criminalizing Women: Gender and (In)justice in Neoliberal Times (Fernwood, 2014).

Department:

Dr. Emily van der Meulen was Principal Investigator of one of the first studies ever to focus exclusively on women and their experiences with closed circuit television (CCTV).