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Sarah Mainwaring


s dot mainwaring at warwick dot ac dot uk


Sarah is a PhD Candidate (ESRC) working on Anglo-American Cyber Security, with a focus on cryptography.

Interviewed by Microsoft, her work was recognised for being interdisciplinary, combining geopolitics and history with computer science. The Interview can be found here: My Cyber Why — Episode 7: Sarah Mainwaring.


In 2019-20, Sarah will be a Tutor for :

- ‘PO231- International Security’

- 'PO382 - Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence'

All locations TBC.

Any queries, please e-mail.

Sarah also conducts undergraduate supervisory roles through the URSS scheme for projects related to her research. Please e-mail if interested.


'Division D: operation Rubicon and the CIA's secret SIGINT empire.' Intelligence and National Security.' June 2020.

‘Always in Control? Sovereign States in Cyberspace’ European Journal of International Security. May 2020

'The Secret Empire of Signals Intelligence: GCHQ and the Persistence of the Colonial Presence.’ [October 2019] The International History Review. Co-authored. Part of Special Issue: ‘The Secret Struggle for the Global South: Espionage, Covert Action and State Security During the Cold War.’

‘Encryption and Society.’ Cyber Policy Centre Interim Round Table Round Table Report, Autumn 2017.

Contributing Researcher. ‘Cyber-Security and the Global South: A Governance Guide.’ Warwick Cyber Security GRP Supported by the Warwick Impact Fund. Summer 2017.