Dr Irina Brass
Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy
Faculty of Engineering Science
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 2016
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 the establishment of more dynamic and adaptive modes of governing these technologies. Dr Brass is a Co-Investigator of the Standards, Governance and Policy Stream of the PETRAS IoT Research Hub, as well as a Co-Investigator of the Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub looking at new regulatory approaches for targeted healthcare.
Dr Brass is 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 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 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.
Dr Brass is the Programme Co-Lead of the MPA in Digital Technologies and Public Policy. She is also the module lead for the following courses in the Masters of Public Administration at STEaPP:
Introduction to Digital Technologies and Public Policy
Risk Assessment and 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.