Wainer is the first Fellow ever to be seconded from the European Union to the IHIED. He is on secondment from the European Commission, with a dual remit; first as 'ambassador' from the EU institutions, to promote and work jointly on EU policies, including single market, democracy and human rights (privacy, data protection). Second, he conducts a study the negotiation of ‘data’ in free trade agreements and S&T agreements, to arrive at policy advice on the subject.
Overall, Wainer has been working for about twenty years at the interface of science and policy, at University, at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, lately at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, where he helped design and implement open science policy. Here, he coordinated the policy work on the European Open Science Cloud, one of the priorities of Commissioner Moedas. Previously, Wainer was a Senior Scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, working on regulatory aspects of information technologies and data protection; and on economics of personal data and identity markets.
Before he joined the European Commission, he received a PhD from the London School of Economics and degrees from Bologna University and Europaeum; he was a Research Fellow at the LSE and at the University of Salford, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester. He researched citizen participation, democracy, representation, use of new media (well before news became fake) and the information society. He gave public talks, keynotes, papers at more than forty international events in fifteen countries and published widely on new media and politics in peer-reviewed journals. For what it matters in an age of altmetrics, he retains an h-index impact factor of 26. Beware though: Donna Strickland, the 2018 Nobel laureate in physics, has an impact factor of 20.
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