Dr Madeline Carr

Dr Madeline Carr

Reader in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2088 8824
2.01, 21 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations with a focus on global cyber security and Internet governance. My research is embedded in a broad study of 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. I have been funded by the British Academy to undertake research on the role of the public/private partnership in national cyber security strategies. I am now the co-lead on the Standards, Governance and Policy stream of the UK’s £10M PETRAS research hub on the cyber security of the Internet of Things. I have recently been funded by the EPSRC (£500K) to carry out research into the way that UK cyber security policy makers evaluate evidence. In 2014, I was selected as a future research leader to participate in the award winning Welsh Crucible program. I have published on Internet Freedom as a foreign policy, the challenges of multi-stakeholder Internet governance, international cyber norms, the problem of attribution in IR and the political history of cyberspace. My recent book US Power and the Internet in International Relations is published with Palgrave MacMillan.

I am also a passionate and multi-award winning teacher. I am currently establishing a new Masters in Digital Technologies and Global Politics which will offer a multi-disciplinary education to those with an interest in shaping the future of the Information Age. I serve on the executive committee for the recently established ISA section STAIR (Science, Technology and Arts in International Relations) and am the 2016 co-program chair. I participate in the UK Track 1.5 dialogue with China and the Australian Track 1.5 dialogue with the US.

Madeline obtained a BA (Hons) from the University of Tasmania where she graduated first in her class. In her final year, she was awarded the Commonwealth Parliamentary Prize for research she conducted into the public/private partnership in the Tasmanian health sector. Madeline was awarded a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. Her thesis has since been published by Palgrave Macmillan asUS Power and the Internet in International Relations: The Irony of the Information Age. Prior to joining the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University in 2016, Madeline worked at Aberystwyth University where she initiated a Masters in International Politics of the Internet. She has also worked at Ritsumeikan University in Japan, Newcastle University (Australia) and the Australian National University.

I am a committed and passionate teacher and value interaction with students at every level of their education. I am currently developing modules at undergraduate level to be delivered at Cardiff but in the past, I have taught modules on ‘Internet Freedom in Global Politics’ and also a survey module on ‘International Relations and the Cyber Dimension’ which introduced students to a range of the fascinating questions the confront IR in the Information Age. My primary teaching role at Cardiff will revolve around the establishment of a new Masters of Digital Technologies and Global Politics that will begin accepting students in September 2017.

At my previous institution, I was the recipient of the Student Led Teaching Award for Teaching Through Technology and also an Exemplary Course Award. I was twice nominated by my institution for national teaching awards and by my students for the Best Personal Tutor award.

I have a strong interest in pedagogy and spent two years as part of a university wide initiative to promote the use of innovation in teaching.

I supervise PhD students with an interest in the following areas:

- cyber security
- Internet governance
- cyber norms
- Internet of Things
- cyber power

My research is focused on the impact of information and communications technology upon existing frameworks for understanding international relations, political norms and international security – and the reverse. My work looks specifically at these issues through debates about cyber security and Internet governance. I employ concepts and ideas from the Philosophy of Technology in my work and I engage with Science and Technology Studies more broadly.

I am particularly (but not exclusively) interested in policy relevant work and the challenges and opportunities for international cooperation on cyber security and Internet governance is often the starting point for my research questions. To that end, I am member of the Virtual Academic Network convened by the International Institute for Strategic Studies on behalf of the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office. This advisory network has been established to provide support to cyber security policy makers in the UK Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Commonwealth Office, and The Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance (OCSIA) in the Cabinet Office. One of the primary tasks of the VAN has been to help shape the UK’s response to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts consensus report on cyber norms.

Currently, I am part of a UK consortium funded by the ESPRC (£10M) to investigate the cyber security of the Internet of Things. Along with a post-doctoral researcher and private sector partners, I am working on international cooperation on critical infrastructure protection. This builds upon earlier work that I have done on the public/private partnership in national cyber security strategies (funded by BA/Leverhulme and published inInternational Affairs) and work that I continue to develop on norms in cyber space (commissioned and published by the NATO CCD COE).

I am also currently a partner in an ESRC funded seminar series called Data PSST (Privacy, Sur(Sous)veillance,Security and Trust). This is a collaborative project between five universities in which we examine questions of privacy, security, surveillance and trust from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The co-investigators are drawn from International Politics, Computer Science, Media Studies, Law and Journalism.

I am on the Executive Committee for a new International Studies Association (ISA) section called Science, Technology and Arts in International Relations (STAIR). This section is rapidly becoming a focal point for the development of a multidisciplinary approach to issues like cyber security and Internet governance that are increasingly regarded as not only technical but deeply political. I am the co-Program Chair for the 2016 conference.

With Andrea Calderaro, I am the series co-editor of a new book series for Rowman and Littlefield called Digital Technologies and Global Politics. This series has been established expressly to develop a body of work that links emerging technological developments to concepts and practices of international relations and world politics.