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Rocco Bellanova is Assistant Professor of Critical Data Studies in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He holds a double PhD in Social and Political Sciences and in Law (2014).

Photo: Dirk Gillissen
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

He previously worked at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B), at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR) and at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Rocco’s work sits at the intersection of politics, law and science & technology studies (STS), and focuses on digital data as pivotal elements in the governing of societies. Using qualitative and interpretive methods, his research mainly focuses on European data-driven security practices and the role played by data protection and infrastructures in their governance. He has notably carried out pioneering research on security technologies and their infrastructural politics, as well as on the European governance of machine learning algorithms and data exchanges in the domain of justice and home affairs. His work is published in leading journals such as European Journal of Social Theory, Regulation & Governance, International Political Sociology, Geopolitics, European Journal of International Security or European Foreign Affairs Review. He has recently co-edited two special issues on critical approaches to politics and STS  – in Security Dialogue (2019) and in Critical Studies on Security (2020) – and an edited book on citizens’ perspectives on surveillance and privacy for Routledge (2017). Rocco is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conferences (CPDP) and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) Section for Science, Technology and Arts in International Relations (STAIR). Since 2012, he has been co-organizing an annual Privacy Camp in Brussels, bringing together academics, policy-makers and advocates together to discuss recent EU policy developments in the domain of digital regulation and data protection.