Vlad Niculescu-Dinca's overall research looks at the socio-technical phenomena at the intersection of security governance practices and new technological develoments, with the aim of improving their quality and social and ethical acceptability. As digital infrastructures increasingly become constitutive of our societies and pervade the fabric of our environments, it is equally relevant to develop new models to account for them and commit to detailed and multidisciplinary investigations of these complex arrangements. Extension number: 8273.
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Dr. Vlad Niculescu-Dincă is assistant professor at Leiden University, teaching and researching at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs in The Hague. His teaching and research spans topics such as security networks, policing and technology, surveillance studies or urban policing.
Prior to working at Leiden University he has been a lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam teaching, amongst others, on issues of privacy, surveillance and (new) media technologies.
Vlad Niculescu-Dincă received his PhD in 2016 from Maastricht University, for the thesis ”Policing Matter(s). Towards a sedimentology of suspicion in technologically mediated surveillance.” In 2017, he received the Early Career Award from the Society for Philosophy and Technology for a paper derived from this research. In his research he examined various technologically mediated policing practices, drawing on ethnographic research which he performed at several police organizations.
Dr. Vlad Niculescu-Dincă also holds a master degree from the University of Twente in Philosophy of Technology and Society, and degrees in software engineering from the Technical Universities of Eindhoven (PDeng) and Bucharest (BSc).
Grants and awards
- Niculescu-Dinca V. (2021), Theorizing Technologically Mediated Policing in Smart Cities: An Ethnographic Approach to Sensing Infrastructures in Security Practices. In: Nagenborg M, Stone T, González Woge M, Vermaas PE (Ed.) Technology and the City: Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 75--100.
- Matthys J. & Niculescu-Dinca V. (2020), The unavoidable paradox of providing oversight mechanisms for future-oriented predictions, Cahiers Politiestudies 55(2): 49-64.
- Dalmeijer N. & Niculescu-Dinca V. (2019), What’s up with WhatsApp Neighbourhood Watch?. What’s up with WhatsApp Neighbourhood Watch?. The Hague: Leiden Safety and Security Blog [blog entry].
- Niculescu-Dinca V. (18 October 2018), Să facem, rapid, dreptate roboților. Hotnews.ro.
- Niculescu-Dinca V. (2018), Towards a Sedimentology of Information Infrastructures: a Geological Approach for Understanding the City, Philosophy & Technology 31(3): 455-472.
- Niculescu-Dinca V. (28 September 2016), Policing Matter(s). Towards a sedimentology of suspicion in technologically-mediated surveillance (PhD thesis. Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University). Maastricht: Datawyse / Universitaire Pers Maastricht. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Swierstra T.E., Ploeg I. van der.
- Niculescu-Dinca V., Ploeg I. van de & Swierstra T. (2016), Sorting (out) youth. Transformations in police practices of classification and social media monitoring. In: Ploeg I. van de, Pridmore J. (Eds.) Digitizing identities. Doing identity in a networked world. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
- Niculescu-Dinca V. (2012), Managing suspicion and privacy in police information systems.. In: Gutwirth S., Leenes R., Hert P. de, Poullet Y. (Eds.) Computers, Privacy and Data Protection: European Data Protection in Good Health?. Dordrecht: Springer.
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