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Melina Dobson


I completed my first degree in Law with German Law at the University of Surrey (2005-2009). In my third year I studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, as part of the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme. Subsequently, I joined the University of Warwick to complete my MA in International Security (2011-2012). Currently, I am researching my PhD at the University of Warwick.


My PhD research expands on my MA dissertation, where I explored the idea of a new era of accountability through the development of social media and the Internet.

The working title for my doctoral thesis is 'Whistleblowers and Leakers'. My thesis maps whistleblowers of intelligence agencies from the Cold-War period to today. The focus is on the endurance of government secrecy. My premise is that the last decade has seen challenges to official secrecy that would have been unthinkable in the twentieth century. Developments in technology have allowed individuals such as Julian Assange and whistleblowers like Katherine Gunn or Edward Snowden to challenge the state system of classification and secret keeping. Is modern society moving towards a reality of unsecrecy characterised by regulation through revelation?

Conference Paper Timeline:


International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2018, San Francisco, US (April, 2018)


International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, US (February, 2017)

  • Openness: The 30-year Rule and beyond
  • The Right to be Forgotten: Privacy and Secrecy in an Age of ‘Sharing'


Criminal Investigations in the Age of Smart Data: A Transatlantic Perspective, 8th Conference on the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial System, Bologna, Italy (May, 2016)

  • The Right to be Forgotten: Privacy and Secrecy in an Age of Sharing


Science, Security and the Future of Freedom, Warwick Intelligence Futures, Futures Event, Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Warwick (June, 2015)

  • Intelligence Oversight and Official Secrecy with Dr Christopher Moran

The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security [ERCS] held at WISE, Hull (May, 2015)

  • Behind Closed Doors: Snowden, Accountability and Oversight

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans, US (February, 2015)

  • Behind Closed Doors: Intelligence Oversight in Britain, Intelligence Studies Panel.
  • Edward Snowden and the Impact of Whistleblowing on International Security in the Information Age, International Political Sociology, International Communication Panel


British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Convention, Dublin (June, 2014)

  • On Edward Snowden, Transparency and Whistleblowing in International Relations

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2015, Toronto, Canada (March, 2014)

  • Snowden and the Impact of NSA file disclosure on Intelligence Studies

Professor Richard Aldrich R dot J dot Aldrich at warwick dot ac dot uk

Dr Chris Moran Christopher dot Moran at warwick dot ac dot uk


Melina Dobson

M dot J dot Dobson at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Twitter @Melina_Joy

Teaching on PO382 Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence

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