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Aleksei Turobov joined Northumbria University in March 2023 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cybersecurity and Technology Policy.
He has published six peer-reviewed articles, conference publications, and three Working Papers on security studies, electronic voting, digital policy and public opinion.

He holds a doctoral degree in Political Sciences from HSE University, where he developed his thesis on security transformation under the influence of digitalisation and automation technologies. In the thesis, he argues that digitalisation is a political process and subject to political decisions. In doing so, he theoretically and empirically analysed the evolution of the security sphere, the development of understanding security in different states, and how digitalisation is conceptualised as a political process and defines digital technologies. Methods included both network analysis, which was used to demonstrate international competition in digitalisation, and empirical models of countries' national security associated with digital technologies (using the example of Artificial Intelligence). 
This research has two main contributions. First, it provides a framework for evaluating the dynamics of security system development in particular states under the influence of artificial intelligence technology. Second, it provides insight into the essential phenomena of digitalisation from an institutional perspective. While previous research has primarily focused on the technical side of this phenomenon, this work demonstrates that states (governments) are institutionally adapting to technological challenges in security, integrating technologies and controlling changes in their security systems.

Before moving to Northumbria University, Aleksei was a Lecturer, and Research Fellow at HSE University, working on seven research projects in five years. In addition, he taught four research seminars in research design and methods in Social and Political Science, two courses on Digital Policy, and two Minor courses on Comparative Politics and Modern Politics. In 2020, he was recognised as the Best Lecturer according to student voting.

Research interests

Aleksei's research focuses on the interconnection between 'security' and 'digital' with a focus on the social and political effects and impacts:
1) a transformation of national and international security;
2) the evolution of security and threats;  
3) (de)Securitisation of digital technologies.

Security Studies; Digital Transformation; Digital Sovereignty; (De)Securitisation; Comparative Politics; Information Policy; Education Policy.

Further Information

In addition to security studies and digitalisation, Aleksei is interested in information policy and education policy. The issue of digital sovereignty occupies a particular place in the research agenda of Aleksei, both at the national level and in the context of current geopolitical tensions.
Aleksei is passionate about the methods and methodology of research design and is an 'ambassador' of mixed research designs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, PhD, Transformations of the Sphere of Security Provision in Innovative States under the Influence of Digitalization and Automation Technologies, Higher School of Economics

1 Sept 20181 Jun 2021

Award Date: 20 Oct 2022

Law, MA, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University

1 Sept 201330 Jun 2014

Award Date: 30 Jun 2014

Law, BA

1 Sept 200930 Jun 2013

Award Date: 30 Jun 2013


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