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Professor Brian Rappert

Professor (Sociology)


01392 723353

Amory 318A

My long term concern lies with the social and ethical dilemmas associated with scientific and technical expertise.  In particular, I have been concerned with how data and information are managed in areas of public controversy.  Much of my work in recent years has examined whether and how research and evidence inform professional practice.

Because much of my research takes place in police, security and diplomatic communities where questions of disclosure and concealment loom large, I have reflected on the methodological issues associated with investigating and writing about secrecy.  This has led to attention to silences and absences: how some issues don’t get considered, how some concerns go unsaid, what grievances never get formed, and what paths in social and political are never pursued.


My office hours for Term 2 in 318a Amory are:

Wednesdays 16:00-17:00
Fridays 11:30-12:30

Research group links

Research interests

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Research supervision

  • Sociology of science and technology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Criminology and policing 
  • War and conflict
  • Secrecy
  • Data, evidence and practice
  • Magic 
  • Deception 


Research students

Georgina Lewis
SWDTC ESRC Studentship

Simone Long
SWDTP ESRC Studentship


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