Prof Madeline Carr
Professor of Global Politics and Cyber Security
Faculty of Engineering Science
- Joined UCL
- 3rd Oct 2017
Dr Carr is Associate Professor of International Relations and Cyber Security at University College London and the Director of the RISCS Institute for research into the science of cyber security. She is also the Director of the Digital Policy Lab which supports policy making to adapt to the pace of change in society’s integration of digital technologies. Her research looks at the ways in which new technology both reinforces and disrupts conventional frameworks for understanding International Relations and the implications of this for state and global security, order and governance. Dr Carr has published on cyber norms, Internet Freedom, multi-stakeholder Internet governance, and the public/private partnership in national cyber security strategies (research funded by the British Council). Her book US Power and the Internet in International Relations is published with Palgrave MacMillan. Dr Carr is 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 also the PI on an EPSRC funded (£480K) project looking at the ways in which cyber security policy makers evaluate evidence, PI on an NCSC/LRF funded (£1M) ‘Supporting the Board in Cyber Risk Decision Making’ project, and PI on an EPSRC (£280K) project looking at international cooperation on critical infrastructure in the IoT.
Dr Carr's research is at the forefront of combining International Relations (IR) theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the context of cyber security and Internet governance. She specifically focuses on power and international security. The rationale for this focus is the recognition that some fundamental institutions of IR like sovereignty, war, diplomacy and international law are coming under stress in the context of rapid technological change. Understanding the extent to which these institutions are changing and adapting in response to developments like the Internet, cyber security, lethal autonomous weapons, and artificial intelligence is essential to understanding global politics in the 21st century. At the same time, in an effort to make sense of this same complexity, there are tools and concepts within the tradition of IR that can be extremely helpful though these have yet to be applied in any systematic or comprehensive manner. Recent work looks at cyber norms, the problem of attribution in international order, public/private partnerships in national cyber security strategies, and multi-stakeholder Internet governance.