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Ana Stuparu


BBA (Northwood University), MIA (Australian National University), MA Strategy and Security (University of New South Wales)

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After growing up in the Middle East, Ana obtained a dual major Bachelor degree in hospitality management and business administration from Hotel Institute Montreux (Switzerland) and Northwood University (USA). In 2009, Ana then moved to Australia and focused her postgraduate interests on international relations and security studies. In January 2016, she commenced her PhD at the National Security College, and is hoping to establish whether cyber security has more of an effect on a nation’s culture, or whether it is the other way around – provided there even is a general, common ground.

PhD programme

Cyber Security

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Cyber security and culture: which way does the current flow?

Topic description

Culture can encompass a vast range of areas, such as history, politics, law, religion, economy, and identity, to name but a few. The way it relates to, and impacts/is impacted on by cyber security is a truly fascinating topic to explore. Current literature tends to focus on cyberspace as a whole, and its dialogue with various areas of culture, however, it does not render a clear picture and assessment of how security and culture specifically mix in cyberspace. Ana’s PhD research is aiming to provide a better understanding of how they affect each other, and which has a greater impact; findings could ultimately contribute to steering Australia’s internal policy on, and foreign approaches to, cyber governance.


Stuparu, Ana (2017), ‘The eyes that are always watching and the price of the club: Australia in the Five Eyes alliance,’ IAPS Dialogue.
Stuparu, Ana (2016), ‘The 2016 Warsaw Summit - Peak of NATO’s Legitimacy Crisis?,’ Young Australians in International Affairs.
Stuparu, Ana (2016), ‘Australia’s new cyber security strategy: A critical outlook,’ Lowy Institute for International Policy - The Interpreter.

Scholarships and fellowships

Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods Training Scholarship, Syracuse University, USA (June 2017)
Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship, Australian National University (2017 – 2018)

Employment history

Sessional Academic (May 2016 - present), National Security College, Australian National University
Courses tutored:
Statecraft and National Security in Cyberspace (Semester 2, 2016)
Cyber Intelligence and Security (Autumn 2017 intensive session)
Research Assistant (May 2016 - present), National Security College, Australian National University

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Mailing address

National Security College
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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