Hannah Sophie Weber

St Antony's College
MPhil European Politics and Society

As an MPhil Politics: European Politics and Society student at DPIR, I am researching Big Tech's role in European cybersecurity governance. Specifically, my research traces whether and to what extent these actors have had an over-time effect on the dominant normative paradigms of European cybersecurity governance. And, if so, which avenues of non-state/ state interaction are the most relevant. Triangulating a range of data sources, I focus on expert interviews. My empirically driven research contributes to depoliticising the contemporary debate by establishing an analytical understanding of the underlying dynamics and wants to advance the scholarly understanding of public-private interaction. Practically, my work is designed to encourage forward-thinking visions of a desirable 'state of the art' for both public and private actors in European cybersecurity governance.

Next to my MPhil research, I am a Research Assistant (RA) to the quantitative AUTHLIB project at DPIR. I simultaneously work with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) as a Fellow on Norms in Cyberspace. I had the pleasure of attending the European Cyber Agora in April 2023, co-facilitated by Microsoft, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and EU Cyber Direct. Prior to my graduate studies at Oxford, I obtained two separate BA degrees in Political Science and Cultural Analysis (minor: Geography) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Germany.

Research Interests

  • Geopolitics and technology, cybersecurity, International Organisations (EU, UN & NATO), cyber diplomacy and capacity building, European security and foreign policy, non-traditional actors, public-private partnerships
  • Methodological: Qualitative analysis, expert interviews, process tracing, mixed methods, coding
  • Theoretical approaches: international practice theory (IPT), security communities, organisational ecology, historical institutionalism


Previous experiences

Next to my undergraduate and graduate studies, I have worked with (among others): the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), the German Foreign Ministry, the DGAP, the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science (GSI), the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Brussels, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva & the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF).



  • German (native)
  • English (C2)
  • French (A2/B1)
  • Spanish (A2)
  • Latin (Latinum)