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Dr Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0) 29 2068 8819
8-2.11, 8-10 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr. Andrea Calderaro is the director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations/School of Law and Politics, and a member of the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics at Cardiff University. He holds his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute.

His research and teaching centres on the Internet and International Affairs, with a particular focus on transnational governance of the cyber domain, cybersecurity, cyber capacity building, cyber diplomacy, the Digital divide, and the role of the EU in the global internet policy debate. He has conducted research and supported cyber capacity building initiatives in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Central America, and in EU institutions.

Dr Calderaro turns his scholarly relevant research into practice having supported initiatives led by the House of Lords, UK Cabinet, European Commission, EU Parliament, Italian Parliament, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (German Development Agency - GIZ), United Nations. He serves as a member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE)' Research Committee, the "EU Cyber Capacity Building" Task Force (European Commission/EUISS), the UNESCO "Internet Universality Program" Advisory Board, the Global Internet Policy Observatory’s Advisory Group (European Commission), the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s Advisory Board on Cybersecurity, and of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council Board at the OECD. Dr Calderaro is also a co-Editor of the “Digital Technologies and Global Politics” Book Series at Rowman & Littlefield, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics. His research includes publications into “Policy and Internet”, “Third World Quarterly”, “International Journal of E-Politics”, “Open Democracy”, and he appeared on Al Jazeera "Inside Story", BBC, BBC Radio, Rai News 24, The Verge, New York Times, Reuters, Deutsche Well.

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 Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/European University Institute, Visiting Fellow at the University of Oslo, and Visiting Fellow at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech)


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 Cooperation and Development 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

Scientific Positions

  • 2020 to present. Member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE)'s Research Committee
  • 2020 to present. Member of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)' Advisory Board on Cybersecurity
  • 2017 - 2018. Member of the "EU Cybersecurity Capacity Building" Task Force, DG-DevCo/ISS
  • 2017 - 2018. Member of the "Internet Universality Indicator" Program, UNESCO
  • 2015 to present. Editor, Book Series “Digital Technologies & Global Politics”, Rowman & Littlefield
  • 2015 - 2017. 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 - 2017. 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 - 2016. 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


  • Transnational Governance of Cybersecurity: diplomacy and policy challenges in the digital domain

Research Projects

  • (2018) Le potentiel de Numérisation Pour la Mise en Œuvre de la 5eme phase du Programme “Décentralisation et Développement Communal” au Burkina Faso / The potential of Digitization for the implementation of the 5th phase of the "Decentralization and Communal Development" Program in Burkina Faso, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH)
  • (2017 - 2018) EU International Cooperation of Cyber Capacity Building, EUISS/DG-DevCo
  • (2017 - 2018) Principle Investigator, Framing a EU Cybersecurity Capacity Building strategy, Cardiff University
  • (2016 - 2017) Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies in Global Internet Governance, French National Research Agency
  • (2016) Principal Investigator, Cyber Capacity Building in Cuba, Cardiff University
  • (2013 to present) Principal Investigator, Connectivity building in Post-Authoritarian Regimes: Connecting Myanmar in political transitions, Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication – UPenn
  • (2013 -2015) Media Pluralism Monitor, CMPF/European Commission
  • (2013 - 2015) Mapping Freedom of Journalism in Europe, European Commission
  • (2011 – 2012) Framing & Measuring Media Freedom & Pluralism Across EU Socio-Political Contexts, European Commission
  • (2011 – 2012) Principal Investigator, ICTs and the Global Governance of Peace and Security. The role of new media for Conflict Transformation Processes, Norwegian Research Council, Norway
  • (2011 – 2012) 10 Tactics: Mapping ICTs for Inverse Surveillance and Civic Engagement, Tactical Technology


He is interested in supervising PhD thesis on:

  • Cyber Capacity Building
  • Internet Governance
  • Cyber Diplomacy
  • Internet and Human Rights, including freedom of expression and privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • ICTs for Development

Current supervision

Anthony Craig

Anthony Craig

Research student

Baurzhan Rakhmetov

Baurzhan Rakhmetov

Research student

Charlotte Neale-Edwards

Research student

Miguel Gomez

Research student