Rocco Bellanova left PRIO in 2016. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.
Rocco Bellanova's research focuses on questions of privacy and data protection as applied to security and surveillance practices and technologies.
Rocco has recently completed a PhD in Brussels, at the Centre de Recherche en Science Politique (CReSPo) of the Université Saint-Louis and at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His doctorate analyzes the powers and politics of data protection, in particular in relation to the deployment of security technologies based on passenger data. His focus is mostly on the so-called Area of Freedom, Security and Justice of the European Union, and on its external dimension in relation to the United States. He has published on topics such as the body scanners, the EUROSUR project, the connection of DNA databases, the data retention directive.
At PRIO, Rocco is currently working on three EU FP7 funded projects: IRISS (on surveillance and resilience in democratic societies); ETTIS (on European security trends and threats); PACT (on public perception of privacy and security).
He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection - CPDP international conferences, and he has been part of its Programming Committee for five years.
By Mark B. Salter, Carol Cohn, Andrew Neal, Annick Wibben, J. Peter Burgess, Stephan Elbe, Jonathan Luke Austin, Jef Huysmans, RBJ Walker, Ole Wæver, Michael C. Williams, Emily Gilbert, Philippe Frowd, Dorthe Rosenow, Bruno Oliveira Martins, Vivienne Jabri, Claudia Aradau, Anna Leander, Antoine Bousquet, Anna Stavrianakis, Maria Stern, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Marieke De Goede, Rocco Bellanova, Hugh Gusterson, Charlotte Epstein, Jeniffer Mustapha, Kristoffer Lidén & Lene Hansen in Security Dialogue
By Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Rocco Bellanova & Raphaël Gellert, PRIO Policy Brief
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2010-2014: PhD on the Politics of Data Protection, at the Université Saint-Louis and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2006: Research Master in Political Science of International Relations - Sciences Po Paris, France
2005: Laurea Specialistica in International Relations - Università di Bologna, Italy
2004 (one semester): Overseas exchange program at the Université de Montréal, Canada
2002-2003: Erasmus at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon, France
Journal Article in Security Dialogue
PRIO Policy Brief
Book Chapter in The Politics and Policies of Big Data: Big Data Big Brother?
Book Chapter in Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives and Pedagogies
Book Chapter in The Unaccountable State of Surveillance. Exercising Access Rights in Europe
Book Chapter in Surveillance, Privacy and Security. Citizens’ Perspectives
Journal Article in European Journal of Social Theory
Popular Article in Aftenposten
The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the PhD course Critique, to be held 28-30 November 2016. The deadline for applications is 9 September 2016.
The Research School on Peace and Conflict invites applications for the course Societal security in Europe – a reassessment, 29 February – 2 March 2016. The deadline for applications is 20 January 2016.
The NordForsk board has decided to award one of the two new Nordic Centres of Excellence under the Nordic Societal Security Programme to PRIO. NOK 22 million have been allocated to the centre to be headed by J. Peter Burgess from the Dimensions of Security department at PRIO.
Rocco Bellanova successfully defended his PhD thesis at the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles on Tuesday 5 May. His thesis is titled The politics of data protection: what does data protection do? and analyzes the powers and politics of data protection, in particular in relation to the deployment of security technologies based on passenger data. The PhD is awarded jointly by the Centre de Recherche en Science Politique (CReSPo) of the Université Saint-Louis and the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Security Dialogue invites proposals for review articles that aim to inspire academic debate on specific themes, issues or topics through a solid summary, evaluation and discussion of diverse sources that speak to each other and to the author’s own work. As such, review articles function as ‘conversation pieces’: the selected theme and sources provoke discussion or should be introduced in a dialogue about security research because of their striking or unusual quality.
How does the digitalization of communication impact the way we understand, communicate and act upon risk? How will the integration of digital technologies into our everyday life transform risk communication? Will risk management be enhanced or challenged by new public awareness of risk emerging through new technologies of communication? A team based in the Security Research Group will explore these questions through DIGICOM, a project newly funded by the Research Council of Norway's Societal Security program.