About Me

Jamie Duncan is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. His work explores how data-driven technology shapes interactions between states, citizens, and markets. He has written and spoken about the use of advanced technology in policing and border security, the political communications of public safety, as well as transparency and accountability in Canadian governance. Jamie’s doctoral research focuses on processes of technology adoption for border security. He is a researcher at the Centre for Access to Information and Justice at the University of Winnipeg, a Junior Fellow at Massey College, and a Graduate Research Fellow in the Ethics of AI at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics.


  • Information policy
  • Citizenship & governance
  • Political communication
  • Surveillance & security
  • Borders & migration


  • Ph.D. in Criminology, 2020 - present

    University of Toronto

  • M.I. in Information Policy, 2019

    University of Toronto

  • B.A. in Global Development Studies, 2016

    Western University


Duncan, J. & Walby, K. (2021). Police Union Political Communications in Canada.

The political communications of police unions in the digital age deserve more attention from criminologists. This article examines the …

Duncan, J. (2019). Negotiating Citizenship: Mediatized Migration and the Canadian Data Border.

This thesis reflects upon the anomalous rise of irregular migration into Canada near the town of Lacolle, Quebec and the response of …

Duncan, J. & Caidi, N. (2018). Mobilities, Media and Governmentality: Asylum Seekers in Lacolle, Quebec.

This article reflects upon the anomalous rise of irregular migration into Canada through the small town of Lacolle, Quebec and how the …

Duncan, J. (2018). Uncertainty and Desire: Big Data Surveillance and Digital Citizenship.

This synthesis presents the works of several key scholars in the field of critical data studies to explore how the practice of Big Data …