Team

James Shires
Co-Director

James Shires is the Co-Director of both the European Cyber Conflict Research Incubator (ECCRI CIC) and the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI). He is also a Fellow with The Hague Program on International Cyber Security. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow in Cyber Policy at Chatham House, and before that an Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Governance at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, University of Leiden.

He has written widely on issues of cybersecurity and international politics, including cybersecurity expertise, digital authoritarianism, spyware regulation, and hack-and-leak operations. He is the author of The Politics of Cybersecurity in the Middle East (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2021), and co-editor of Cyberspace and Instability (Edinburgh University Press, 2023). A full list of publications is available at jamesshires.com

Max Smeets
Co-Director

Max Smeets is the Co-Director of the European Cyber Conflict Research Incubator (ECCRI CIC) and the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI). He is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. 

His scholarship focuses on cyber security, strategy and risk. He is the author of ‘No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber- Force’ (Oxford University Press & Hurst Publishers, 2022) and co-editor of ‘Deter, Disrupt or Deceive? Assessing Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest’ (Georgetown University Press, 2023) and ‘Cyberspace and Instability‘ (Edinburgh University Press, 2023). He is currently writing a book on ransomware.

In 2023, he co-founded Binding Hook, a media outlet part of ECCRI at the intersection of Technology and Security. Max is an affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and an associate fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He also lectures on cyber warfare and defense as part of the Senior Officer course at the NATO Defense College in Rome.He was previously a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Stanford University CISAC and a College Lecturer at Keble College, University of Oxford. He has also held research and fellowship positions at New America, Columbia University SIPA, Sciences Po CERI, and NATO CCD COE.

Max received a BA in Economics, Politics and Statistics summa cum laude from University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University and an MPhil (Brasenose College) and DPhil (St. John’s College) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Alina Meyer
EDI Consultant

Alina Meyer is an independent consultant with over 22 years of experience in the area of human rights, gender, diversity and social inclusion.  A former Canadian diplomat and development practitioner, she has consulted for clients including the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, UK DFID (FCDO), German GIZ, Australian DFAT, the UN, and a variety of NGOs such as Care, Girl Effect, Nutrition International, Oxfam, and Planned Parenthood. Prior to consulting, she worked for Global Affairs Canada as the Senior Policy Advisor on Women’s Rights and as a Gender Equality Specialist. She holds an MA from McGill University, a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford.  She speaks English,

Olga Kyryliuk
Consultant

Olga Kyryliuk has a PhD in international law and over 10 years of experience in the field of digital rights and internet governance. Currently working as Technical Advisor on Internet Governance and Digital Rights at ‎Internews spearheading the digital rights portfolio of the largest internet freedom project spinning around 40 countries across the world. She is also serving on the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and chairing the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG), regional IGF covering 18 countries. In 2021-2023, she served as a Europe Representative at ICANN NCUC Executive Committee. Olga provides consultancy and expert support to Freedom House, Council of Europe and a range of international companies working worldwide. She also dedicated four years to work in leading humanitarian organizations, including International Committee of the Red Cross and Danish Refugee Council, dealing with the provision of legal support to conflict-affected populations.

Mando Rachovitsa
Consultant

Dr Mando Rachovitsa is an Associate Professor in Human Rights Law. She is the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. Mando joined the University of Nottingham in 2023. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor of International Law at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2016-2023) and an Assistant Professor of International Law at Qatar University, Qatar (2013-2016). Mando’s expertise lies in the areas of human rights law and technology law. She researches the intersection between human rights law and technology, including digital human rights, and human rights-based design for cybersecurity standards and algorithmic systems. She has written on the human rights assessment of the use of new technologies, including encryption, and digital ID systems, and how human rights law may inform the design and implementation of Internet standards. She has also published on how international law-like standards are created and used to assess the legality and legitimacy of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) work in the domain names’ space.

Madeline Carr
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Professor Carr is the Director of the UK-wide Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) which looks at the human and organizational factors of cybersecurity. She is also the Director of the Digital Technologies Policy Lab which supports policy making to adapt to the pace of change in society’s integration of digital technologies. Her research focuses on the implications of emerging technology for national and global security, international order and global governance.Professor Carr has published on cyber norms, multi-stakeholder Internet governance, the future of the insurance sector in the IoT, cybersecurity and international law, and the public/private partnership in national cybersecurity strategies. Her book US Power and the Internet in International Relations is published by Palgrave MacMillan. Professor Carr was the Co-lead on the Standards, Governance and Policy stream of the UK’s £24M PETRAS research hub on the cyber security of the Internet of Things. She is now the lead on the Economics and Law lens of the new PETRAS National Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity of the IoT. Professor Carr is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the IoT. She is also the Deputy Director of a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity at UCL which focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of these problems.

Innar Liiv
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Innar Liiv is Associate Professor of Data Science at Tallinn University of Technology and a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. He also belongs to the Future of Public e-Governance expert group at the Foresight Centre at the Parliament of Estonia. He was previously a Cyber Studies Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2016-2017), a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (2015), and a Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009). His research interests include e-government and data science, social network analysis, computational social science, information visualization, and big data technology transfer to industrial and governmental applications. He is currently exploring an interdisciplinary research question, ‘How to use data science to improve governments innovatively and successfully?’

Andrew Martin
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Prof. Andrew Martin undertakes research and teaching in the area of Systems Security, in the University of Oxford. He has spent the last two decades leading many aspects of security innovation in the University’s teaching and research, including the creation of the MSc in Software and Systems Security and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security.  He also leads Oxford’s EPSRC/NCSC-recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

The main focus of his research is in hardware-software co-design for security.  This is expressed in developing applications for trusted computing and trusted execution environments in large-scale distributed systems, particularly cloud computing, mobile devices, and the internet of things. He has published extensively in this area, hosting several related international events in Oxford and speaking on the subject all over the world.

Andrew wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject ‘Machine-Assisted Theorem Proving for Software Engineering’, in the early 1990s. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the Software Verification Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. Returning to the UK, he was briefly a lecturer at the University of Southampton, before returning to Oxford to take up his present post in 1999.

Dr Martin is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Australia, and a Trustee of Bletchley Park.   He is a member of the Executive and Editorial Board of CyBOK, the Guide to the Body of Knowledge in Cyber Security.  He is presently the supervisor for seven doctoral students, and holds several research grants.  Within the Department of Computer Science he is Director of Academic Environment; he is also a member of the Central University Research Ethics Committee and chair of the Joint Information Security Advisory Group within the University.

Jason R.C. Nurse
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Jason R.C. Nurse is a Reader in Cyber Security at the University of Kent and Public Engagement Lead at Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), part of the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS). He is also a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford, an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a Visiting Fellow in Defence and Security at Cranfield University, a SPRITE+ Expert Fellow, and a professional member of various associations relating to cyber security research and practice.

Prior to joining Kent in 2018, Dr Nurse was a Senior Researcher in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford and before that, a Research Fellow in Psychology at the University of Warwick. For his research into the interdisciplinary aspects of security, privacy and trust, Jason was nominated as a Rising Star within the UK’s EPSRC RISE Awards Campaign. Specifically, his research concentrates on investigating interdisciplinary approaches to enhance and maintain cyber security for organisations, individuals and governments. This often focuses on human individuals and users and how they interact with technologies.

Roxana Radu
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Roxana Radu is an Associate Professor of Digital Technologies and Public Policy and a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College. Her research focuses on the governance of technology and internet-related policymaking. She is the author of the monograph ‘Negotiating Internet Governance’ (Oxford University Press, 2019), inspired by her work with the diplomatic community in Geneva, Switzerland. She often advises governments and international organisations on digital governance issues and currently serves on the Advisory Group of the EU Cybersecurity Agency. Since January 2023, she is the elected Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Roxana holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in International Relations from the Geneva Graduate Institute and an MA (honours) in Political Science from the Central European University.

Akin Unver
Advisory Committee – Cybersecurity Seminars

Akin Unver is an associate professor of International Relations at Ozyegin University, specializing in conflict research, computational methods and information warfare. He is a fellow of Carnegie Endowment’s Digital Democracy Network and serves as a member of TikTok’s MENA-T Security Advisory Council. Previously he served as a Research Associate at the Center for Technology and Global Affairs, Oxford University and a Fellow at GUARD (Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence) at the Alan Turing Institute. He is the Istanbul organizer of the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) and the founder of the Istanbul Twitter Developers’ Community. Currently, Dr. Unver leads the HorizonEurope project, titled “Detecting and Countering Information Suppression from a Transnational Perspective” (DECONSPIRATOR), which brings 14 European universities and research institutes together to produce empirical and methodological advances in combating foreign information manipulation in the EU.

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Web Development Consultant

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