Russell Buchan's Visiting Fellowship

Russell Buchan's Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Fellowship Program / 18 Sep 2019

This month, Russell Buchan joined us for a Visiting Fellowship at The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at Leiden University's The Hague Campus. We sat down with him to hear about his fellowship experience.

Why where you interested in coming here?

Through the publications of its members and its annual conference, over the past couple of years The Hague Program for Cyber Norms has built a reputation as a world-leading institution for research into how actors should conduct themselves in cyberspace. I was therefore looking for a good opportunity to interact with Program and, after hearing great things about the Program from colleagues and friends such as Kubo Mačak and Barrie Sanders (who have previously undertaken Fellowships at the Program), I jumped at the chance to apply for a visiting Fellowship and I was delighted when I learnt my application had been successful. I wasn’t to be disappointed - I found the Program to be warm and welcoming and it provides a stimulating intellectual environment in which to pursue cyber security research. In particular, I appreciated the multidisciplinary approach the Program takes to its research, with members studying cyber security from the perspective of political science, international relations, philosophy and law.

What did you work on during your fellowship?

While at the Program, I worked on an article entitled ‘Industrial Cyber Espionage and International Law’, which I have been asked to write for a world affairs journal based in the US. I can’t believe how much I was able to do in a month! Free from the pressures of teaching and administration, combined with the productive and energetic environment engendered by the Program, I was able to compile a good first draft of the article. I am happy with the article and with the feedback I got when I presented it to the Program, and I look forward to polishing it into shape over the next couple of months and (at some point in the near future!) seeing it in print.

What’s next for you?

Back to my day job - teaching, administration, and hopefully a bit of research, all at the University of Sheffield in the UK. I hope to maintain close links with the Program. It is an innovative and ambitious centre and I wish it the best of luck for the future.

Are you also interested to join our Visiting Fellowship Program? Applications are welcomed, reviewed and awarded year-round. Check out the Fellowships section for more information and the application process.

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