Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards
Cardiff University | CU · School of Social Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Adam Edwards currently works in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Adam does research on liberalism, security and emergent technologies. Currently he is working on the security implications of 'smart cities'.
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September 2004 - August 2015
Cardiff University
Position
  • Reader in Politics and Criminology

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Publications (76)
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Social media exhibits the core characteristics of emergent technologies. It is disruptive of established ways of organising social relations, is evolving at an exponential pace and its effects, including the production of new ‘goods’ and ‘bads’, are highly uncertain. Interest in understanding these effects has intensified in the context of fears ov...
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This paper explores ways in which the harmful effects of cyber hate may be mitigated through mechanisms for enhancing the self governance of new digital spaces. We report findings from a mixed methods study of responses to cyber hate posts, which aimed to: (i) understand how people interact in this context by undertaking qualitative interaction ana...
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The increasing popularity of social media platforms creates new digital social networks in which individuals can interact and share information, news, and opinion. The use of these technologies appears to have the capacity to transform current social configurations and relations, not least within the public and civic spheres. Within the social scie...
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During the course of this article, we examine the use of membership categorisation practices by a high-profile celebrity public social media account that has been understood to generate interest, attention and controversy across the UK (and wider European) media ecology. We utilise a data set of harvested tweets gathered from a high-profile public...
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Empirical research involving the analysis of Internet-based data raises a number of ethical challenges. One instance of this is the analysis of Twitter data, in particular when specific tweets are reproduced for the purposes of dissemination. Although Twitter is an open platform it is possible to question whether this provides a sufficient ethical...
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During the course of this article, we explore ethnomethodological principles in relation to approaching social media as data. More specifically, we consider the extent to which the work of Harvey Sacks and his rich intellectual legacy might inform this nascent field of empirical inquiry. This exploration is realised in the context of interdisciplin...
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It is presumed in the Policing European Metropolises Project (PEMP) that the metropolitan area is an increasingly important object of policing governance, given the transnational challenges encountered by European nation states, including the movement of capital, labour, goods and services enabled by the Treaty on European Union: the ‘Amsterdam Set...
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This edited collection forms part of a broader, ongoing, research project, ‘The Policing European Metropolises Project’ (‘PEMP’). The Project has its origins in a network of researchers interested in the significance of sub-national policing for understanding processes of convergence and divergence in policing across Europe. The Project commenced i...
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Understanding the politics of security in city-regions is increasingly important for the study of contemporary policing. This book argues that national and international governing arrangements are being outflanked by various transnational threats, including the cross-border terrorism of the attacks on Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016; trafficking...
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Multi-centred governance is epitomised in current struggles to better ‘secure’ liberal democracies as nation state actors are obliged to act ‘in partnership’ with corporate and non-governmental organisations whilst confronting illicit actors with enhanced digital capacities to circumvent and organisationally outflank both state and corporate powers...
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Social media platforms provide an increasingly popular means for individuals to share content online. Whilst this produces undoubted societal benefits, the ability for content to be spontaneously posted and reposted creates an ideal environment for rumour and false/malicious information to spread rapidly. When this occurs it can cause significant h...
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Background: Concern has been expressed about the potentially contagious effect of television soap opera suicides and suicidal language in social media. Aims: Twitter content was analyzed during the week in which a fictional assisted suicide was broadcast on a British television soap opera, "Coronation Street." Method: Tweets were collected if...
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The last 5-10 years have seen a massive rise in the popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr etc. These platforms enable users to post and share their own content instantly, meaning that material can be seen by multiple others in a short period of time. The growing use of social media has been accompanied by concerns t...
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Conference paper presented to the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology, 2-5th September 2015
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Conference paper presented to the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology, University of Porto, 2-5th September 2015
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The last 5-10 years have seen a massive rise in the popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr etc. These platforms enable users to post and share their own content instantly, meaning that material can be seen by multiple others in a short period of time. The growing use of social media has been accompanied by concerns t...
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The increasing popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr has been accompanied by concerns over the growing prevalence of 'harmful' online interactions. The term 'digital wildfire' has been coined to characterise the capacity for provocative content on social media to propagate rapidly and cause offline har...
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The growing number of people using social media to publish their opinions, share expertise, make social connections and promote their ideas to an international audience is creating data on an epic scale. This enables social scientists to conduct research into ethnography, discourse analysis and analysis of social interactions, providing insight int...
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In this paper, we reflect on the disciplinary contours of contemporary sociology, and social science more generally, in the age of ‘big and broad’ social data. Our aim is to suggest how sociology and social sciences may respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by this ‘data deluge’ in ways that are innovative yet sensitive to the socia...
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In this paper, we reflect on the disciplinary contours of contemporary sociology, and social science more generally, in the age of ‘big and broad’ social data. Our aim is to suggest how sociology and social sciences may respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by this ‘data deluge’ in ways that are innovative yet sensitive to the socia...
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Little is currently known about the factors that promote the propagation of information in online social networks following terrorist events. In this paper we took the case of the terrorist event in Woolwich, London in 2013 and built models to predict information flow size and sur-vival using data derived from the popular social networking site Twi...
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During the month of March 2013, some Belgian and Dutch police researchers gathered to discuss a trajectory for the study of the pluralisation of policing in European metropolises. We observed a significant amount of comparative work on different national police systems, but only a minor comparative focus on the local reality of European metropolise...
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El concepto de gobierno nos alerta acerca del ejercicio de la autoridad política más allá del Estado nacional. En el pensamiento criminológico, el gobierno ha estado asociado al giro preventivo de las estrategias de control del delito en Europa que reconoce los límites de la justicia criminal, invoca la participación directa de otras autoridades al...
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During the month of March 2013, some Belgian and Dutch police researchers gathered to discuss a trajectory for the study of the pluralisation of policing in European metropolises. We observed a significant amount of comparative work on different national police systems, but only a minor comparative focus on the local reality of European metropolise...
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In support of the Policing European Metropolises Project and as a starting point for investigating such a complex and challenging subject as policing the global city of London, the article provides an exposition of the current agenda for policing and crime as advanced by the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which assumed respon...
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Dit artikel behandelt de strategische agenda voor policing en criminaliteit in hedendaags Londen. Deze agenda, getiteld ‘Policing and Crime Plan 2013-16´ is geïntroduceerd door het Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), dat sinds januari 2012 verantwoordelijkheid draagt voor policing en criminaliteitsbeleid in de Britse hoofdstad. Analyse v...
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This issue of the European Journal of Policing Studies is our first special issue, focusing on the central theme ‘Policing European Metropolises’. The issue’s guest editors are Paul Ponsaers (Belgium), Adam Edwards (UK), Amadeu Recasens i Brunet (Portugal) and Antoinette Verhage (Belgium). In the five articles of this special issue, authors analyse...
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We propose that late modern policing practices, that rely on neighbourhood intelligence, the monitoring of tensions, surveillance and policing by accommodation, need to be augmented in light of emerging ‘cyber-neighbourhoods’, namely social media networks. The 2011 riots in England were the first to evidence the widespread use of social media platf...
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A perennial criticism regarding the use of social media in social science research is the lack of demographic information associated with naturally occurring mediated data such as that produced by Twitter. However the fact that demographics information is not explicit does not mean that it is not implicitly present. Utilising the Cardiff Online Soc...
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Some observers argue that social media has the capacity to empower citizens, creating a new ‘public sphere’ where politicians, public institutions and services can be held to account in ways that were previously impossible. We report on a study exploring whether there is any evidence to support this vision. Following in the tradition of urban commu...
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A key challenge for public criminology is the translation between concepts employed in policy discourse and those used by social scientists. Given that concepts constitute social problems and they can have multiple meanings for policy-makers and social scientists, then deliberation about what they signify matters in understanding how these actors c...
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This paper begins by outlining and critiquing what we term the dominant anglophone model of neo-liberal community safety and crime prevention. As an alternative to this influential but flawed model, a comparative analysis is provided of the different constitutional-legal settlements in each of the five jurisdictions across the UK and the Republic o...
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Technological innovation in digital communications, epitomised in the shift from the informational web (Web1.0) to the interactional web (Web2.0), provokes new opportunities and challenges for social research. Web2.0 technologies, particularly the new social media (e.g. social networking, blogging and micro-blogging) as well as the increased access...
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Implicit in the concept of negotiated orders is an understanding of the social productivity of political power; the power to accomplish governing programmes for citizens as much as the power over citizens for the purposes of social control. This distinction is especially pertinent for the role of political analysis in critical criminological though...
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Evidence-based policy-making implies greater clarity in the relationship between science, politics and crime control. This is especially the case with a highly polarizing topic like gun-crime. Specifically, the enrolment of social science by pressure groups, political parties and other political actors raises questions about the possibility and des...
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In a sense, the problem of organized crime is the concept of `organized crime' itself. The implications of shifting the analytical focus from explanations of `it' toward building theories of the organization of serious crimes are considered in relation to three ways of framing research: organized crime as an external threat; the organization of ser...
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This chapter summarises findings from research into the work of community safety managers in Wales, entailing responses to anti-social behaviour (ASB) in each of the 22 community safety partnerships in the country. The data are used to question prevailing assumptions about the problematisation of this signal issue in popular concerns about crime an...
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i>Applied Ethics and Social Problems presents introductions to the three most influential moral philosophies and relates these to some of the most urgent questions in contemporary public debates about the future of welfare services.
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The concept of governance alerts us to the exercise of political authority beyond the nation state. In criminological thought governance has been associated with the preventive turn in crime control strategies in Europe that acknowledge the limits of criminal justice, invoke the direct participation of other statutory as well as commercial and volu...
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This article sets the scene for the contributions in this special edition of Community Safety Journal. It examines the political contexts of community safety initiatives, compares transatlantic and European traditions and discusses convergent and divergent themes.
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The institutions and practices of pluralistically managed, local crime control or community safety were a product of the period of modernization of public service provision in the UK in the eighties and nineties. They were assembled using a hybrid mix of governmental technologies ranging from attempts to impose sovereign domination over the recalci...
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Over the past decade the perceived 'threat' of transnational organised crime (TOC) to the security of western political economies has become a principal issue on the agendas of key international forums such as the United Nations, G7/8 elite industrial countries and the Council of Europe. The intense policy activity around this threat is indicative...
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The centrepiece of the new Labour administration’s Crime and Disorder Act, which received royal assent in July 1998, was a statutory duty for local authorities and constabularies to formulate and implement ‘crime and disorder strategies’ in each local government district. This provision indicated national government recognition of the central role...
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The Labour government elected in the UK in 1997 acted quickly to give local authorities a statutory role in community safety and crime control programmes. This was first recommended by the Morgan Report in 1991, which championed a multi-agency, partnership approach to crime prevention. During the 1990s, community safety programmes developed in many...
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A paradoxical result of local government restructuring under the Conservatives was that although local authorities experienced a significant reduction in their traditional functions as direct providers of key services they acquired a leadership role in other policy areas. This has been attributed to a major shift in the perceived purpose of local a...
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In February 1993, the then Shadow Home Secretary Tony Blair stated that the Labour Party’s law-and-order policy was to be ‘tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime’. This oftrepeated statement indicated how Labour would seek to assert its competence on law and order, overcome its image of being ‘soft’ on crime, and attack the Conservatives’...
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Books reviewed in this article: D. Nelken (Ed.), Contrasting Criminal Justice: Getting from Here to There G. M. Davies and T. Dalgliesh (Eds.), Recovered Memories: Seeking the Middle Ground S. Cole, Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification R. R. Sullivan, Liberalism and Crime: The British Experience G. Johnstone,...

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This is a call for contributions to a special issue of the Springer Journal, City, Territory and Architecture on the topic of Smart Cities and Security. Please see the attached call for papers for further details.
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Teachers, students and researchers working together to co-produce understandings of digital responsibility, led by students. Co-construction of digital artefacts to inform others. Funded by the British Academy.
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The centre was formed to facilitate research collaboration between criminologists, lawyers, security studies scholars and those interested in crime, law and security. Through this interdisciplinary collaboration, the aim is to relate social scientific knowledge about security threats to public action on these threats and to question the implications of this knowledge for competing conceptions of justice and legal practice.