Rhiannon Neilsen

 

Rhiannon Neilsen

Consultant

Rhiannon is currently a consultant for IPS' Atrocity Prevention Network. She is also a Scientia PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales and was a Research Assistant at ELAC in 2019/2020. Rhiannon's research focus is on atrocity prevention in the digital age and contemporary political philosophy. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Toni Erskine, examines the ethics of 'cyber-humanitarian interventions' – that is, the use of sophisticated cyberspace-operations, digital political advertising, and computational propaganda to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes. In 2019, Rhiannon was awarded a Barbara Hale Fellowship by the Australian Federation of Graduate Women to be a visiting doctoral student at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), Oxford, for 2019-2020 (supported by Professor Cécile Fabre). Rhiannon was also awarded a fully funded Visiting Scholar position at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (2019), where she and her co-author conducted extensive fieldwork interviews with cyber experts from NATO member states. Her published work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals including Ethics and International Affairs (forthcoming 2020), Terrorism and Political Violence (2019), and Genocide Studies and Prevention (2015).