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Arnault Barichella

Associate Research Fellow in Cybersecurity and Digital Technologies

Arnault Barichella is completing his PhD in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris with the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics. He obtained his Masters’ degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and received a BA degree in Modern History from Oxford University. Arnault was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard in 2018-19, affiliated with the Department of Government. His dissertation will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in their Energy, Climate and the Environment book series, for a release date in early 2023.

Arnault’s research interests at the Jacques Delors Institute focus on cybersecurity and digital technologies. He has published several papers for the Institute on different aspects of this dynamic field, including an analysis of threats and prospects for European cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as the cybersecurity dimension of the war in Ukraine and its ramifications for Europe. Arnault’s work on cybersecurity issues is linked to his experience as a research assistant for the French Senate’s Commission on Foreign Affairs and Defence (2013-14). He also served as a Program Associate at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Digital Technology, where he was responsible for research, program administration and post-project follow-up for PRIPARE, a European Commission 1.1M€ grant to develop and promote ‘privacy-by-design’ methodologies for digital technologies.

Arnault has presented his research on cybersecurity and digital technologies to policy makers and leading researchers at a number of conferences. Highlights include the European Commission’s panel discussion on the EU Cybersecurity Package (2018), with the European Cyber Task Force; the International Forum on Cybersecurity in Lille (2021); and the Enedis Forum on Innovation in March 2022, sharing a panel with the Cybersecurity Director at Enedis. Moreover, Arnault has contributed a book chapter on ‘Cybersecurity and Data Protection in the Power Sector: Challenges, Perspectives and Policy Approaches’ in Considine J., Cook D. and Wood G. (eds) A Research Agenda for Energy Politics, to be published by Edward Elgar before the end of 2022.

Arnault was recently selected by Palgrave Macmillan to be editor-in-chief for the Palgrave Handbook of Cybersecurity and Energy Transitions. The aim of the Handbook, the first of its kind dedicated to the topic of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, is to collect research, thinking and practice that captures a range of approaches, disciplines, theories, methodologies and perspectives with a global reach. The Handbook has invited a broad range of contributing experts from around the world from leading academic institutions, as well as think tanks, NGOs, governments, international organizations and the private sector. This Handbook will contribute to launching the new Palgrave Studies in Energy Transitions (PSET) series; Arnault will be joining the editorial board of this series in early 2023.

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