Nicholas Robinson

Nicholas Robinson


Personal profile

Personal profile

After completing his Bachelor's degree in Human Geography and International Politics (BA) at Aberystwyth University in 2014, Nick joined Royal Holloway where he received a distinction in Geopolitics and Security (MSc), before joining the CDT in September 2015. 

Nick’s research is primarily grounded in Estonia, focusing on the multitude of digital technologies its government have started to employ since the regaining of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Exploring initiatives such as Estonian e-Residency, the government’s use of blockchain technology, and now the utilisation of ‘data embassies’, Nick’s work aims to develop a greater understanding of the impact these technologies have on our traditional conceptualisations of the nation-state, border and embassy.
Thesis title: Distributed Denial-of-Government: the Data Embassy and the geopolitical, diplomatic and legal implications of extraterritorial data storage
Nick also has additional research interests, namely around the intersection of geopolitics, diplomacy, technology and (social) media. This has led to further research and collaboration on Embassy social media accounts and their role geopolitically and diplomatically.
Nick recently spent time working as a Policy Advisor for the Open Innovation Team situated within the Cabinet Office. His main role was to help lead on projects in the Digital Government Partnership, which was announced as part of the UK Digital Strategy in 2017. This included work on cross-government interest in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), future 5G adoption, and human aspects of cybersecurity.

Education/Academic qualification

Geopolitics & Security, MSc, Estonian e-Residency: a geopolitical appraisal, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sept 2014Aug 2015

Award Date: 16 Dec 2015

Human Geography and International Relations, BA, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Sept 2011Jul 2014

Award Date: 18 Jul 2014

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