Mark Quinlan's Visiting Fellowship
14 Apr 2023

Mark Quinlan's Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Fellowship Program

In February, Mark Quinlan joined us for a Visiting Fellowship at The Hague Program on International Cyber Security at Leiden University's The Hague Campus. We sat down with him to hear about his fellowship experience.

Why were you interested in coming here?

I was drawn to this institution for several compelling reasons. Firstly, the department's vibrant research community immediately caught my attention, particularly because it included former colleagues from my PhD research programme. Secondly, the institution's exceptional understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of cyber security presented a unique opportunity for me to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary research beyond my usual area of expertise. And lastly, I wanted to eat some ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ herring.

What did you work on during the fellowship?

The project I worked on is a forthcoming book relating to the way cyberspatial risk is perceived by different stakeholders. Therefore, the programme offered the chance to discuss these risks with a wide range of experts, with whom I could  share and develop of the ideas behind the book.  Practically speaking, that meant individual meetings, attending seminars and lectures, and potentially presenting my current and previous work in a seminar setting. Many of the insights I collected were derived from serendipitous conversations, and led to attending conferences or lectures I would otherwise not have known about. In that sense, my expectations of why I wanted to come, and what actually happened, more than matched up.

What's next for you?

I am currently a Research Fellow within the Computer Science Department at UCL in London, and am continuing my work on the book together with a co-author at Oxford. The experiences and feedback I collected allowed during my fellowship allowed me to refine and improve the hypothesis underpinning the book, and I hope that you’ll hear more in the coming years as the project develops!

Are you also interested to join our Visiting Fellowship Program? Applications for a Fall 2023 stay are welcomed until 31 May 2023. Check out the Fellowships section for more information and the application process.