Welcome to my personal site, which has a blog, links to other profile pages, an overview of doctoral research, and multiple research outputs. Primarily, this is a place to think through what computational securities are, could, and may be. You can also find me on Twitter @andrewcdwyer.
I have now submitted my doctoral thesis in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford – Malware Ecologies: A Politics of Cybersecurity – where I am based at the School of Geography and the Environment. I started my doctorate as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, along with a cohort of individuals from a range of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, international relations, and which I am still part of.
Now, I am a research associate at the University of Bristol looking into secure coding practices through ethnographical research. In addition, I am also a research affiliate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. Until recently (January – June 2019) I was a Visiting Fellow at the DFG Collaborative Research Center, Dynamics of Security, between Justus-Leibig-Universität Gießen, Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung in Central Germany.
My research considers computational securities; through malicious software and its impact. In particular, on what I argue needs to be an ecological approach to understanding malware. This draws on five case studies, (auto)ethnographic fieldwork in a malware research laboratory, and develops a range of theories to see how they may aid in our comprehension of something that exceeds a technical and/or societal approach. Read more here.
In addition to the work around my DPhil, I have been a research assistant on the Good Germs, Bad Germs project, taken part in data walks, taught on courses on ‘Advanced Security’ in the Department of Computer Science and ‘Digital Geographies’ in the School of Geography, and was an acting member as part of the new Digital Geographies Working Group at the RGS-IBG. Recently, I became part of the TORCH Network ‘Life Itself in Theory and Practice‘ which is a 2018-2019 collaboration across disciplines to look at how life is thought of, practiced and becomes known.