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Andrea Calderaro

Dr Andrea Calderaro

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 29206 88819
8-10 North Road, Room 8-2.11, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Andrea Calderaro is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, director of the Centre for Internet and Global 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 at the European University Institute, where he is also a Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Fellow.

His research centres on Technology and International Relations, with a focus on cybersecurity, cyber diplomacy, transnational governance of the internet, digital transformations in the Global South, and the role of the EU in international cooperation in the cyber domain. He has conducted research and supported cyber capacity building initiatives in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and in EU institutions. His current research addresses Cyber Security Capacity Building in the Global South and Cyber Diplomacy via two ESRC IAA funded projects on “Decolonizing International Cooperation in the Cyber Domain: the promise of building Cyber Diplomacy Capacity” (2022-), “Cybersecurity Capacity Building in the Global South” (2021-), and was the principal investigator of the projects “Framing an EU Cybersecurity Strategy” (2017-2018), and “Technology for Peace and Security” (2012) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

He has published co-edited volumes, including “Internet Diplomacy: shaping the global politics of cyberspace” (2022, Rowman & Littlefield), articles appeared in “Third World Quarterly”, "European Security", “International Journal of E-Politics”, “Policy and Internet”, and he is a co-Editor of the “Digital Technologies and Global Politics” Book Series at Rowman & Littlefield. His work has featured on Al Jazeera "Inside Story", BBC, BBC Radio, Rai News 24, Radio Rai, The New Statesman, The Verge, New York Times, Reuters, La Repubblica, Open Democracy, and Deutsche Welle.

He is a member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE)' Research Board, and served as a member of the "EU Cyber Capacity Building" Task Force (European Commission/EUISS), the UN Open-Ended Working Group on “Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security”, the UNESCO "Internet Universality Program" Advisory Board, the Global Internet Policy Observatory’s Advisory Group (European Commission), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)'s Advisory Board on Cyber Diplomacy, and of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council Board at the OECD. With his research, Dr Calderaro has supported initiatives led by the House of Lords, UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), European Commission, EU Parliament, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (German Development Agency - GIZ), United Nations.

He has been a Visiting Fellow and worked at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Humboldt University, LUISS Guido Carli, University La Sapienza, and the University of Oslo.













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Research Projects

  • (2022 to present) Decolonizing International Cooperation in the Cyber Domain: the promise of building Cyber Diplomacy Capacity, Innovation Grant
  • (2021 to present) "Building Cyber Capacity in the Global South", ESRC IAA Funding
  • (2020) "Assessing the implementation of mobile networks for taxpayer compliance in Liberia". Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH)
  • (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) Principal Investigator, Framing an 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



  • 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


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


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