Dr Andrea Calderaro
Lecturer in International Relations
Dr. Andrea Calderaro is the founding director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics, and a Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations/School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. He holds his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute.
His research and teaching centres on Internet and International Affairs, with a particular focus on internet governance, cybersecurity, cyber capacity building, telecom policies, digital rights and freedoms, ICTs for development, and the role of the EU in the global internet policy debate.
He turns is scholarly relevant research into practice by serving as a member of the "EU Cybersecurity Capacity Building" Task Force (DG-DevCo/ISS), a member of the UNESCO "Internet Universality Program" Advisory Board, a member of the Global Internet Policy Observatory’s Advisory Group of the European Commission, and a member of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council board at the OECD. Dr. Calderaro is also an Editor of the “Digital Technologies and Global Politics” Book Series at Rowman & Littlefield, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics, and he has served as Chair of the ECPR Internet & Politics standing group. He appeared on Al Jazeera "Inside Story", BBC, Rai News 24, The Verge, New York Times, and Open Democracy.
Prior to joining Cardiff University, he was Lecturer at the University La Sapienza of Rome in “New Technologies and International Relations”, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Internet and Society at Humboldt University, Research Associate at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom/European University Institute, Visiting Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and project director of the NRC Funded “ICTs for the Global Governance of Peace and Security” Project at the University of Oslo.
Education and Qualifications
- PhD in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute
- M.Res in Social and Political Sciences. European University Institute
- Visiting Research Fellow California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
- MA. Cum Laude in Sociology, Division of “International Studies”. University “La Sapienza” of Rome
Committees and reviewing
2016 - present: Director of Post Graduate Research (PGR) at the Department of Politics and International Relations
- 2017 to present. Member of the "EU Cybersecurity Capacity Building" Task Force, DG-DevCo/ISS
- 2017 to present. Member of the "Internet Universality Indicator" Program, UNESCO
- 2015 to present. Editor, Book Series “Digital Technologies & Global Politics”, Rowman & Littlefield
- 2015 to present. Member, Scientific Board, “Global Internet Policy Observatory”, European Commission
- 2014 to present. Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Internet and Human Rights, European University Viadrina
- 2013 to present. Associate, Internet Policy Observatory, Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication – UPenn
- 2013 to present. Board Member, Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) at OECD
- 2013 to present. Affiliate Member, Network of Excellence in Internet Science
- 2012 - 2017. Chair, Internet & Politics Standing Group, European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) (
- 2012 - 2015. Executive Member, International Communication SG, International Studies Association
- 2009 to present. Internet & Politics Steering Committee, European Consortium Political Research (ECPR)
- 2009 to present. Associate Editor, International Journal of E-Politics
- Digital Technologies and Global Politics
- Cybesecurity: Diplomacy and Digital Rights in Global Politics
- Introduction to Digital Technology and International Relations
My research centres on the increasing centrality of the internet in the Global Governance debate, influenced by the escalation of international disputes and inequalities concerning the governance of internet infrastructure.
My research agenda is clustered around these key issues, emphasising two complementary perspectives:
1) The increasing centrality of internet governance issues in foreign policy agendas, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in international negotiations and in implementation of foreign policy initiatives addressing human rights from technical and policy perspectives.
2) I look at the internet governance debate from a bottom up perspective. In particular, I am intersted in internet governance capacity building practiceshow and in how newly connected countries are developing their internet policy development capacity. This issue has been central in my fieldwork in countries in political transitions, including Myanmar and Cuba, where I am following the national connectivity building process from a policy perspective.
Finally, I implement my research and my active role in public debate also by being a Member of the Scientific Board of the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO)/EC, a Member of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) at OECD, member of the NCUC at ICANN, and by having served as consultant of EU Parliament, the EU Commission, the Italian Parliament, the House of Lords, and the UNESCO.
He is interested in supervising PhD thesis on:
- Internet Governance
- Internet and Human Rights, including freedom of expression and privacy
- Critical Cybersecurity Studies
- ICTs for Development
- International Political Communication