Louise Marie Hurel is a Research Fellow in the Cyber team at RUSI. Her research interests include incident response, cyber capacity building, cyber diplomacy and non-governmental actors’ engagement in cyber security.
For more than half a decade, Louise Marie led Igarapé Institute’s Digital Security Programme, coordinating multiple efforts to connect national, regional and international cyber policy discussions. As Programme Lead, she conducted international cyber advocacy in multilateral (UN, OAS) and multi-stakeholder bodies, hosted and moderated forums for cross-sector trust-building at the national level in politically sensitive environments and managed a portfolio of projects that covered themes ranging from incidents against electoral processes, implementation of surveillance technologies for public security, IoT, cyber capacity building, cybercrime and data protection.
Her previous experience includes consultancy for the United Nations on data and cyber security and research at the Centre for Technology and Society at Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS-FGV) where she conducted projects on Internet governance, intelligence activities, defence and cyber security.
She is an advisory board member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE), Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations’ (PCIO) and the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR)
Louise Marie is a PhD researcher in Data, Networks and Society at the London School of Economics’ Department of Media and Communications. Her research focuses on risk, cyber security governance, and incident response. She also holds an MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the LSE and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), having been awarded the prize for best IR thesis (“Cybersecurity and Internet Governance: Two competing fields?”). Louise Marie has also founded the Latin American Cybersecurity Research Network (LA/CS Net), an initiative to connect scholars across the region and contribute to the expansion of cyber security research that is more culturally sensitive.
She has also published in main media outlets such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Americas Quarterly, Open Democracy and others as well as journals such as the Journal of Cyber Policy. Her recent publications include a paper on 'Interrogating the Cybersecurity Development Agenda: A critical reflection', 'Beyond Great Powers: Challenges for understanding Cyber Operations in Latin America' and another on 'Cyber-Norms Entrepreneurship? Understanding Microsoft’s advocacy on cybersecurity' in the Rowman & Littlefield’s Governing Cyberspace: Behaviour, Power and Diplomacy.