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Olivia Williams PHD.COMM

Ph.D in Communication - MA in Contemporary Visual Arts - BA Joint Honours in French and Italian

Dr. Williams’ core research areas: Information Security, cyber security, privacy, humanitarian data, intelligence studies, and civ-mil field operations. Liv completed her Ph.D on ‘The Interface of Information Security, Risk, and Privacy on the Humanitarian Frontline’ in December 2020.

She has worked on research projects for the Internet Governance Lab at American University, the U.S Department of State and Internews in Washington D.C. as a Research Associate for the International Politics department at Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as a Field Communications Lead for several INGOs and as a filmmaker for the BBC.

Publications and Papers:

Paper: The Interface of Risk and Information Security on the Humanitarian Frontline. GeOnG 7th Humanitarian & Development Data Forum and Facilitator of the "Data protection laws in context: how can they be at the service of vulnerable people’s rights?" Roundtable

Paper: 'Cyber Cartography of Crisis Zones: Vulnerabilities in Humanitarian Gatekeeping’. Presented at the ‘Digital democracy: Geographies of trouble and geographies of hope’ session at the Royal Geographical Society - IBG Conference 2019 -  London

Paper: 'Humanitarian Borderlands: Mapping the Data Security Lacunae of Disaster Relief’. Presented at the ‘Borders, Bordering and Sovereignty in Cyberspace’ session at the Royal Geographical Society - IBG Conference 2020 -  London

Report co-author: ‘Risk, Resources & Responsibility: Donor Practices in Risk Management’. Internews, Washington D.C. 2019

Paper: ’Whose GDPR is it anyway? Actors, network, and shifts of power in the Twitter discourse about Europe’s privacy law’. 70th Annual ICA Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, May 2020. Co-authored by Prof. Saif Shahin, Olivia Williams and Emily O'Connell

Paper ‘Neighborhood Circulation of Civic Stories: A Trans-Local Platform’, session on Locative Media and Community Engagement at the Connected Learning Summit at UC Urvine, 2019. Co-authored by Prof. Benjamin Stokes, Olivia Williams and Hazel Arroyo.

Paper: 'Subjugation of the data subject? – Regulating Survivor Data', and Plenary Panel Speaker on Ethics at the Mediating Change Conference, University of North Texas (November, 2018)

Author; 'The Heart and Soul of Action Sports' (2016). Meyer & Meyer Sports Publishing.

Content Advisor; 46+ Sports books for the U.S. Curriculum (2016 - present). Sleeping Bear Press.


Doctoral Student Research Fellowship Award - $5,000

Internet Governance Lab Fellowship Award - $10,000

Scholarship, PhD in Communication