Services to the Profession

Reviews & Reports Academic Journals Acta Sociologica Behemoth Contemporary Security Policy European Journal of International Security European Journal of Social Theory European Security Global Crime Geoforum Information, Communication & Society International Journal of Migration and Border Studies International Studies Review International Political Sociology Science and Engineering Ethics Security Dialogue Social Media and Society Media Theory […]

Call for Papers

Data matters: Digital technologies and the politics of bordering International Workshop at ETH Zurich / University of Zurich 23–24 May 2019 Convenors: Matthias Leese (ETH Zurich), Simon Noori (University of Zurich) and Stephan Scheel (University of Twente) How does the use of digital technologies reconfigure contemporary border and migration regimes? In which ways does the […]

Conferences and Talks

2020 “Schengen as database: The sociotechnical imaginary of border control and law enforcement cooperation in the EU” DVPW IB Sektion Conference (fully virtual), 7-9 October 2020. “Science, Technology, Security: Towards Critical Collaboration” EASST/4S Conference (fully virtual), 18-21 August 2020 (w/ Sam Weiss Evans and Dagmar Rychnovská) “Is Cybersecurity Finally Sexy? Design, Desire and Digital In-Security […]

About me

At the intersections between the academic disciplines of critical security studies, surveillance studies, and science and technology studies, my research is interested in the development and design of security technologies, as well as the wider societal and normative consequences that emerge from the implementation of such technologies in particular contexts. I hold an M.A. from […]


Books Egbert S and Leese M (forthcoming) Criminal Futures: Predictive Policing and Everyday Police Work. London/New York: Routledge. (Link) Hoijtink M and Leese M (eds.) 2019. Technology and Agency in International Relations, London/New York: Routledge. (Link) Leese M and Wittendorp S (eds.) 2017. Security/Mobility: Politics of Movement, Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Official link, available as […]


Didactics training “Introduction to course design” “Rhetorical skills in the class room” “Motivating and activating students” “Voice training for lecturers” “Supervising and supporting student academic writing” “Supervising students: Dealing with roles and relationships” Fall 2020 Lecture Series “The Role of Technology in National and International Security” (w/ Andreas Wenger, Michael Haas, and Oliver Thränert) B.A. […]


Technology is a central aspect of contemporary security politics and practices. It speeds up, it facilitates, it automates, and it might soon be able to operate in a fully autonomous fashion. In short: technology does things that humans simply cannot do, and thereby has the potential to change the ways in which we “do” security. […]