Rhiannon Neilsen is a Scientia Scholar and Doctoral Candidate in International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her doctoral thesis examines how cyber-capabilities could be used effectively and ethically to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes in the 21st century.
In 2019, Rhiannon was awarded an Australian Graduate Women's Barbara Hale Fellowship to participate in the visiting doctoral programme at the University of Oxford. During her time at DPIR, Rhiannon will focus on an article (which forms part of her doctoral thesis) entitled “Algorithms for atrocity prevention: the ethics of targeted messaging and genocide perpetrators.”
Rhiannon’s research interests include genocide and mass atrocities, the ethics of humanitarian intervention, cyberspace, and the just war tradition. Her published work has appeared in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence and Genocide Studies and Prevention.