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Dr Wil Chivers

Dr Wil Chivers

Darlithydd Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

+44 (0)29 2087 5846
2.02, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I am a Research Associate based in the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD). My PhD thesis, also undertaken at Cardiff University, explored the nature of contemporary governance by examining the changing landscape of digital surveillance and resistance. I have a background in criminology and sociology and prior to taking up my current position in WISERD, worked on ESRC/EPSRC-funded research investigating business-related cybercrime in the UK. During my doctoral research, I also undertook a funded internship with the Sentencing Council for England and Wales at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

I am currently working across the WISERD Civil Society research programme, exploring the relationship between engagement with social media and civil society. I am also drawing on an interest in developing innovative methodologies to examine the potential that social media research methods can bring to this field. Alongside my research activities, I am currently authoring a series of blogs for WISERD on social media and social research.

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Web Content and Other Media:

Chivers, W. 2016.WISERD Civil Society: Social Media Research Series: Introduction to the Social Media Research Series[Online] WISERD Blog.

Chivers, W. 2016.Letters from Barcelona: A Conference Report[Online] WISERD Blog.

Chivers, W. 2016.Digital Civil Society and the Landscape of Modern Surveillance.WISERD News 13, pp.12-13, February 2016

Chivers, W. 2015.A ‘Mature Debate’ on Communications Surveillance?[Online] WISERD Blog.



  • 2016: PhD (Social Sciences) Cardiff University, UK
  • 2011: MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2008: BScEcon Criminology and Sociology (Joint Honours), Cardiff University, UK

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Open Rights Group
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Surveillance Studies Network

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Research Assistant: CEReS project (Cardiff University 2014-2015)
  • PhD: ESRC-funded, Socio-Legal (Cardiff University 2010-2016)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus


  • ‘Mapping Resistance in the Digital Public Sphere’, WISERD Annual Conference, Swansea University, 13th-14th July 2016
  • ‘Mapping Resistance in the Digital Public Sphere: Counter Surveillance on Social Media’, Social Media & Society, Goldsmiths, University of London, 11th-13th July 2016
  • ‘Communications Surveillance in the UK: Politics, Governance and Regulation, 7th Surveillance Studies Network Conference, Universitat de Barcelona, 21st-23rd April 2016
  • ‘Conceptualising Interaction Between Resistance and Surveillance: Changes in an Online World’, 5th Surveillance Studies Network Conference, Sheffield University, 2nd-4th April 2012

Training events:

  • Using Social Media in Social Research (WISERD and Social Data Science Lab), 1st September 2016, Cardiff University


  • ‘Surveillance, Resistance and (Digital) Civil Society’, WISERD Lunchtime Seminars, Cardiff University, October 2015
  • ‘Surveillance and Resistance: Social Control in the Digital Age’, Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, Cardiff University, April 2013
  • ‘Watch this Space: Surveillance, Resistance and the Internet’, SOCSI Doctoral Conference, Cardiff University, November 2012









I have undertaken teaching in the School of Social Sciences across a number of undergraduate modules as both a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a lecturer:

  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology
  • Responses to Crime
  • Crime Control, Regulation and Policing
  • Contemporary Debates and Issues in Social Science
  • Dissertation
My research interests are broadly based around the following themes:
  • Internet and society
  • Digital surveillance
  • Civil society, social networks and resistance/internet activism
  • Social control and governance
  • Geographies of power
  • Online social research