Undercover infiltration is a tactic of political policing, targeting dissent against the status quo, argues Connor Woodman
Over the past year, we have hosted a Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, sponsored by the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust. The Centre is today publishing two papers on undercover policing Connor has written as part of this Fellowship, under the title Spycops in context.
The 'Spycops in context' papers historicises and analyses the practice of the British secret state, demonstrating how undercover policing has been one tool in a centuries-old apparatus of political policing designed to undermine dissent.
For the next year, I am going to be mapping and investigating the nexus of private, state and voluntary sector interests involved in maintaining and running the criminal justice system in the UK.
Connor Woodman reports on the latest public hearings in the Undercover Policing Inquiry
Connor Woodman is a Research Fellow with the Centre, funded by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust. He is carrying out two projects related to the undercover policing of social movements and private and non-state players in the criminal justice system, and has an interest in racism in the criminal justice system, clandestine intelligence operations and social movements.