Professor Charles Raab

Professor Charles Raab

Charles Raab is Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, having held the Chair of Government from 1999 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2015. He has served as a member of the academic staff since 1964, and has held visiting positions in the Oxford Internet Institute, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and the Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). He was a Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Delmenhorst, Germany. With colleagues at the University of Stirling and the Open University, he is a Director of CRISP (Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy), and is a founder of the Scottish Privacy Forum. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

His main general research interests are in public policy, governance and regulation, and more specifically in information policy (privacy protection and public access to information; surveillance and security; identity and anonymity; information technology and systems in democratic politics, government and commerce; and ethical and human rights implications of information processes). His research has been funded by the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the National Science Foundation (USA), the European Commission (including 6th and 7th Framework Programmes), and the former Scottish Office. He participates in the Research Groups on Policy and Governance and on International Relations, serves on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR), and was co-convener (with Andrew Neal and Juliet Kaarbo) of the ESRC seminar series, Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change.

Raab has engaged in advisory and consultancy work for UK and Scottish government departments, the Office of the Information Commissioner, the European Commission, the New Zealand Law Commission, Liberty, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Resarch (NWO), and the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), among others. He was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution for their inquiry, resulting in Surveillance: Citizens and the State, 2nd Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 18 and HL Paper 114. He is a member of the editorial or advisory boards of many journals in the fields of information policy and public policy, and sits on the advisory boards of several research projects. He is a member of the Surveillance Studies Network, participated in the Canadian-funded project on ‘The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting’, and served on the Management Board of the European Union’s COST Action on ‘Living in Surveillance Societies’ (LiSS). He has given written and oral evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees. He is Co-Chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, established by the National Police Chiefs’ Council in 2015.