Lilly Pijnenburg Muller
Researcher in politics, security and technology
The intersection between politics, security and technology is at the heart of my work. I speak, write and teach on a range of topics concerning these issues, such as how cyber threats are understood and their effects on individuals, organisations and states, resilience, deterrence and expertise.
My current research focuses on the role technology plays in shaping perceptions of threat. I try to think about the construction and practice of security with and through technology, and their broader effects on the international.
Presently I work as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies Cornell University. I hold my PhD., from the War Studies Department at Kings College London where I am also the co-convener of the Cyber Security Research group. Additionally, I am an associated Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and previously worked as an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GSCS).
With a focus on the role of technology in threat construction, my current research draws on cybersecurity as a case study to explore the interface between knowledge production, algorithms and decision making. With the aim to understand today’s emergent machine learning techniques, I emphasise their impact on offensive cyber operations, and their effects on how security is understood. I am especially interested in the role machine learning (frequently referred to as artificial intelligence) plays in creating knowledge of and decision making in cybersecurity.
Together with Johanna Rodehau-Noack, I convene a monthly reading group on science, technology and knowledge production in International Relations. I am also the also co-chair of the European Cybersecurity Seminar Series, together with Lennart Maschmeyer which provides academics and practitioners in cybersecurity a platform to present research projects and receive feedback.