Dr Matt Bowden is a Senior Lecturer (Sociology), School of Social Sciences, Law and Education and former Head of Research, Faulty of Arts & Humanities TU Dublin. Dr Bowden’s research interests are in the sociology of crime and security governance with particular interest in questions of space (urban / rural). More recent work has focused on the fracturing of bureaucratic police organisations and the formation of security fields. Dr Bowden is also researching on policing and security related topics on security and consumption, security fields in west Africa, rural security in Ireland, and on issues of policing culture and habitus. Matt is series editor with Alistair Harkness for Bristol University Press ‘Research in Rural Crime’ book series, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. Dr Bowden is a founder member of the TU Dublin Security Research Group and a senior member of the European University of Technology’s Culture and Technology Lab (ECt+). He is former Treasurer (2012-2017) and Vice-President (2017-2018) of the Sociological Association of Ireland and is a member of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy (2022-2026).