Expert Profile

Dr Robert Dewar
Position(s) Head of Cyber Security
Twitter @robert_dewar
Personal website GCSP Cyber Security

Dr Robert Dewar is the Head of Cyber Security at the GCSP.  Robert holds an MA (Hons.) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews, an MSc in Global Security (Politics, Information and Security) and a PhD in Politics, both from the University of Glasgow. His PhD thesis was an examination of institutional dynamics in EU cyber security policy-making. 

At the GCSP Robert provides executive education courses on cyber security and defence, the European Union and international relations as well as developing innovative pedagogical approaches to the teaching of cyber security.  He also initiates and engages in international dialogue activities on cyber security and defence and conducts research into cyber security and defence policy, security studies, active and blended learning, the European Union and historical institutionalism.

Prior to joining the GCSP Robert was a Senior Researcher in the Cyber Defence Team of the Centre for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.  He published papers on EU cyber security development, cyber defence policy and strategy, cyber weapons development and the use of exercises and simulations as teaching tools in cyber defence.

Before moving to Switzerland Robert was a lecturer and tutor at the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling. He taught courses on international relations, cyber security and the European Union promoting the use of active learning in the classroom.

Robert is a dual German and British citizen and speaks English and German.


Select Publications

Book Chapters

Dewar, Robert and Myriam Dunn Cavelty, (2019) Die Cybersicherheitspolitik der Europaeischen Union: Bollwerk gegen die Versicherheitlichung eines Politiksbereichs in Schuenemann und Kneuer (eds.) E-Government und Netzpolitik im europaeischen Vergleich

Dewar, Robert, (2017) The European Union and Cybersecurity: A Historiography of an Emerging Actor’s Response to a Global Security Concern, in O’Neill and Swinton (eds.) Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy.


Policy Analyses

Dewar, Robert (ed.);  (2018) National Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Policy Snapshots, National Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Policy Snapshots.

Dewar, Robert, (2018) Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Exercises, Center for Security Studies Cyber Defense Report.

Dewar, Robert, (2018) Contextualizing Cyber Operations, Center for Security Studies Cyber Defense Trend Analysis.

Dewar, Robert, (2018) Cyberspace is a Consensual Hallucination, Center for Security Studies Policy Perspectives.

Dewar, Robert, (2017) Cyberweapons: Capability, Intent and Context in Cyberdefense, Center for Security Studies Cyber Defense Trend Analysis.

Dewar, Robert, (2017) Active Cyber Defense, Center for Security Studies Cyber Defense Trend Analysis.



Dewar, Robert, (2014) The “Triptych of Cyber Security”: A Classification of Active Cyber Defence, NATO CCDCOE 2014 6th International Conference on Cyber Conflict.