Introducing: Mariëlle Wijermars

Mariëlle Wijermars has joined FASoS as an Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics. She conducts research on Internet governance with a focus on the impact of Internet regulation on freedom of speech and the framing of cyberthreats and policy responses.

Her work is guided by an interest in the precarious balance between protecting citizens, infrastructures and institutions against cyberthreats and safeguarding rights and freedoms – from the right to privacy to the freedom of the press. Trained as a Russianist, her research draws upon Russia as its main empirical case study.

Her ongoing research project Selling Censorship: Affective Framing and the Legitimation of Internet Control in Russia, started in 2018 as a NWO Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow, examines how Internet regulation is framed in Russian political and media discourses and asks what role the mobilisation of emotion plays in legitimating censorship and surveillance. She is also involved in the Nordic workshop series ‘Algorithmic Governance in Context: Towards a Comparative Agenda for Studies of Algorithmic Governance across Politics, Culture, and Economy’, funded by NOS-HS.

Before joining Maastricht University, Mariëlle was a NWO Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Helsinki. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the project ‘Russian Media Lab: Freedom of Speech and Critical Journalism in Russia (University of Helsinki) and as a lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics – Moscow, and Russian State University for the Humanities. She holds a PhD (2016) and Master’s degrees in Slavic Languages and Cultures (2012) and International Relations and International Organisation (2010) from the University of Groningen.

Mariëlle is an editor of the open access journal Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media ( Her book Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State was published was published by Routledge in 2019, while her edited volume Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere (co-edited with Katja Lehtisaari, Routledge) is forthcoming in December 2019.

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