17 July 2017

Roxana Radu wins SNIS Award for Internet governance thesis

Graduate Institute researcher Roxana Radu has won the 2017 Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) Award for Best PhD Thesis. Dr Radu, who is a Research Associate at the Institute’s Programme for the Study of International Governance and a Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform, received the award for her thesis Global Rules for Emerging Issue Domains: Negotiating the Governance of the Internet, defended at the Graduate Institute in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Thomas J. Biersteker.

“I looked at how a system of rules has been created for governing the Internet, from the early 1970 to 2015, doing comprehensive analysis of formal means of governance and informal practices”, said Roxana. “I was interested in the mechanisms that explained what is governed in the Internet in what way, and also how communities function, and how people decide on rules and norms.”

The SNIS prize rewards young researchers for their outstanding scientific work. The Award Jury noted that Dr Radu "masters an incredible amount of complexity and is able to come up with a readable text that conveys a sense of the complex matters", and highlighted the thesis’s public policy relevance.

LEARN MORE. Read our interview with Roxana Radu, or watch a short video below.