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Olivia Williams PHD.COMM

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MA, Television Production

BA Honours, French and Italian


Olivia's core research areas: Cybersecurity, civ-mil field operations, hostile environment communication and ethics pertaining to data privacy. Liv 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: '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 Co-author: ’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 Co-author: ‘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.

Additional research interests: Humanitarian affairs, Emerging Threat Identification, Crisis Games, Outdoor and Foreign Theatre activity


Doctoral Student Research Fellowship Award - $5,000

Internet Governance Lab Fellowship Award - $10,000

Scholarship, PhD in Communication