Dr Ola Michalec
Dr Ola Michalec is a social scientist interested in policies and politics of digital innovation and climate change. Currently, she explores 'the making of' cyber security regulations across water and energy sectors.
- Cyber Security
- crtitical infrastructure
- NIS directive
Research AssociateDepartment of Computer Science
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I am a social scientist interested in the 'making of' digital technologies and policies. In addition, I research and practice interdisciplinary and collaborative inquiry as a way to address societal challenges.
My academic journey started with pursuing a BSc in Geography and Geology, where I gained an appreciation for nature and understood the urgency of environmental issues. This led me to embarking on a PhD programme where I explored the notions of sustainability expertise in climate policy design. I was curious to find out how sustainability practitioners work together across sectors and what "works" for them when it comes to policy design. These epistemological questions naturally led me to a field called Science and Technology Studies (STS).
Before joining Bristol, I worked on two STS projects analysing and evaluating inter- and transdisciplinary projects in robotics and sustainability. While cross-faculty collaborations are the norm in contemporary academia, for early-career researchers, they are still often a risky endeavour. What can universities and funders to do build capabilities and networks for collaborative research?
Encouraged by the possibilities (if not challenges) of interisciplinarity, I joined the University of Bristol (Cyber Security Research Group) where I've worked on the three projects exploring social scientific understandings of technical expertise during the implementation of cyber security regulations. This is an exciting area, which brings together engineers, IT experts, lawyers, regulators and sector-specific expertise. As cyber security regulations I research pertain to the critical infrastructures, I am mainly interested in sectors like water, energy or transport.
In addition, I continue my service at the environmental science-policy interface as a member of Bristol's Advisory Committee on Climate Change where I lead a policy working group.
cyber security, critical infrastructures, privacy, energy, water, transport, sustainability, policy, digital innovation, expertise,
What’s next for the NIS Directive? Extending the community of interest to better understand the “Indicators of Good Practice”
DescriptionThis project aims to build a community of interest around practitioners working on the major cyber security directive in the critical infrastructure sectors.
01/10/2021 to 01/03/2022
01/08/2021 to 30/11/2021
DescriptionENDEAR – ExperieNcing Infrastructures in DisrEpAiR addresses the need to understand how immersive virtual group meetings, in which multiple, geographically-dispersed stakeholders with differing perspectives interact with 3D models, can help…
Managing organisational unitSchool of Management
01/07/2021 to 30/11/2021
DescriptionIoT is expected to play a major part in the ongoing transition of energy systems. With the possibility of new actors, tariffs, appliances and relationships, IoT could disrupt the energy…
01/04/2021 to 31/03/2022
How many shades of NIS? Understanding organisational cultures and sectoral differences during cyber security policy implementation
DescriptionThe project will develop an empirically-grounded understanding of the role and impact of organizational cybersecurity culture and practice across essential infrastructure sectors on the UK’s implementation of the NIS directive.…
01/08/2019 to 31/03/2021
Regulation and Governance
- Accepted/In press
Resocializing digital water transformations: Outlining social science perspectives on the digital water journey
- E-pub ahead of print
Humanities Social Science Communications
Proceedings of the Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
- Conference contribution