Welcome to my personal site, which hosts a blog, links to other profile pages, an overview of DPhil (PhD) 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 am completing a thesis for my Cyber Security DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, where I am based at the university’s School of Geography and the Environment. I came to Oxford as, and remain, part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, with a cohort of individuals from a range of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, international relations, along with mine in geography. I am supervised by Dr Beth Greenhough and Professor Derek McCormack who expertly help me through this process. From January 2019, I shall be 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 for six months.
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.