Mr Nicholas Robinson

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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. 

 
Research
 
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.
 
Working thesis title: How to Backup Your Files Nation-State in a Digital Era: The Estonian Data Embassy
 
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.
 
Other
 
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.

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