Dr Roxana Radu, Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), has been awarded the Swiss Network for International Studies Award 2017 (SNIS) for her PhD thesis, Global Rules for Emerging Issue Domains: Negotiating the Governance of the Internet, defended at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in September 2016.
Her dissertation deals with the evolution of the Internet and the preservation of its integrity as a single network, despite its fragmented nature, with authoritative decision-making from different sources. This thesis sets out a novel and comprehensive framework for theorising a nascent policy field, and for analysing its evolution empirically.
Referring to her thesis, the SNIS Award jury noted that, 'The author masters an incredible amount of complexity and is able to come up with a readable text that conveys a sense of the complex matters.' The jury found the work to be an example of a study crossing traditional disciplinary frontiers – integrating insights of political science – and hermeneutical approaches into the framework of Internet governance, generating valuable insights across disciplines.
Diplo warmly congratulates Dr Radu on her achievement.
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