UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Dr Irina Brass

Dr Irina Brass

Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy


Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2016

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

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: 

Public Administration

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.