UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Irina Brass

Dr Irina Brass

Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy


Dr Irina Brass is Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP. Her research focuses on the economic and social regulation of disruptive technologies, especially digital technologies, and she is currently working closely with policy makers and the standards development community on governance frameworks for managing cybersecurity and data protection in the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2017, Dr Brass was appointed Chair of the IoT-1 Technical Committee of the British Standards Institution (BSI) – the national standards body of the UK. Dr Brass is also leading the module on Public Administration of the Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) at UCL STEaPP.

Dr Brass has a background in public policy, regulation and standardisation, with research that spans across radio spectrum management, intellectual property and competition rules, data protection, cybersecurity and safety regulations. She has worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate of the EPSRC-funded PETRAS IoT Research Hub, investigating the privacy and cybersecurity challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT), and its implications for balancing voluntary and mandatory modes of governance. Prior to this, Dr Brass was a Teaching Fellow at UCL STEaPP, co-designing a unique executive programme in Regulation and Public Policy with the Vodafone Group, as well as working as Adjunct Assistant Professor in International Relations at Richmond University in London.

Dr Brass holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), having looked at the role of standards-development organisations in setting radio spectrum management rules for cellular mobile and wireless local area communications.