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Francisca Gromme

Staff details

PositionResearcher
Department Sociology
Email f.gromme (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 3198
Francisca Gromme

I am a post-doctoral researcher on the ERC funded research project "Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS)". This project is concerned with changing practices in the production of official statistics by national statistical institutes, mainly the census. It deals with changes such as the development and adoption of Big Data techniques.

In my research I am interested in the interactions between science, technology and society. I hold a particular interest in the introduction of technologies for collecting data about citizens and consumers in a variety of governmental practices. Relevant themes in my work are identity, experiment, classification, expertise, knowledge, materiality and practice. My previous research has been mainly ethnographic and has included studies of the police, private security, public transport and local administration. I work from a background in Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Anthropology.

Before coming to Goldsmiths, I completed my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Departments of Anthropology and Political Science. I did research on the introduction of surveillance technologies in Dutch crime control, with a particular interest in the role of experimental projects. My concern was with how these projects crossed boundaries to introduce new crime control practices, for instance, a police focus on aggression. The case studies included sound detection, data mining and traceable liquids. Previously, I studied the introduction of facial recognition in local crime control strategies.

 

Publications

Book Section

Data mining ‘problem youth’: Looking closer but not seeing better
Grommé, Francisca. 2016. Data mining ‘problem youth’: Looking closer but not seeing better. In: Irma Van der Ploeg and Jason Pridmore, eds. Digitizing Identities: Doing Identity in a Networked World. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 163-183. ISBN 1138794635

Surveillance in the supermarket: Technology and the pluralisation of crime control
Grommé, Francisca. 2012. Surveillance in the supermarket: Technology and the pluralisation of crime control. In: Gudrun Vande Walle; Evelien Van den Herrewegen and Nils Zurawski, eds. Crime, security and surveillance: Effects for the surveillant and the surveilled. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, pp. 33-54. ISBN 978-94-90-94765-1

Data Scientists: A New Faction of the Transnational Field of Statistics
Grommé, Francisca; Ruppert, Evelyn and Cakici, Baki. Data Scientists: A New Faction of the Transnational Field of Statistics. In: Hannah Knox and Dawn Nafus, eds. Ethnography for a Data Saturated World. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Article

Actor-Network Theory and Crime Studies: Explorations in Science and Technology ed. by Dominique Robert, Martin Dufresne [Review]
Grommé, Francisca. 2018. Actor-Network Theory and Crime Studies: Explorations in Science and Technology ed. by Dominique Robert, Martin Dufresne [Review]. Technology & Culture, 59(1), pp. 201-202. ISSN 0040-165X

Policing Knowledges and Technologies: Making Aggression Visible
Grommé, Francisca. 2017. Policing Knowledges and Technologies: Making Aggression Visible. Society and Space Open Site,

Provocation: Technology, resistance and surveillance in public space
Grommé, Francisca. 2016. Provocation: Technology, resistance and surveillance in public space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, pp. 1-18. ISSN 0263-7758

Turning aggression into an object of intervention: Tinkering in a crime control pilot study
Grommé, Francisca. 2015. Turning aggression into an object of intervention: Tinkering in a crime control pilot study. Science as Culture, 24(2), pp. 227-247. ISSN 1470-1189

Review of Magnet's 'When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of identity'
Grommé, Francisca. 2013. Review of Magnet's 'When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of identity'. Surveillance & Society, 11(1/2), pp. 208-210. ISSN 1477-7487

Technologies of control: Identity cards and media censorship
Grommé, Francisca. 2013. Technologies of control: Identity cards and media censorship. Science as Culture, 22(2), pp. 272-278. ISSN 0950-5431

Other

Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop
Grommé, Francisca; Ustek, Funda; Ruppert, Evelyn and Cakici, Baki. 2017. Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop. ARITHMUS Working Paper Series, London.

Transcending Methodological Nationalism through a Transversal Method? On the Stakes and Challenges of Collaboration
Scheel, Stephan; Cakici, Baki; Grommé, Francisca; Ruppert, Evelyn; Takala, Ville and Ustek, Funda. 2016. Transcending Methodological Nationalism through a Transversal Method? On the Stakes and Challenges of Collaboration. ARITHMUS Working Paper Series, London.