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Arianna Schuler Scott

Administrative/Professional faculty
  • Senior Associate Director, Integrated Security Education and Research Center


Dr Arianna Schuler Scott has previously worked with clinical researchers (RUDY) to reduce attrition online, drawing from key concepts in Computer Science (Cybersecurity Analytics), data governance (Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technology) and responsible innovation (Human Centred Computing). Her work has been published in the Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Advances in Information and Communication Technology, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Arianna has developed and led security work streams in UK innovation testbeds, written AI security strategy for a European innovation platform, and led professional efforts to create employer guidance to diversify cybersecurity hiring. She serves the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative's Southwest Node as Associate Director for Outreach, is an Expert Fellow for the SPRITE+ network, and is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture and the Center for Future Work Places and Practices.

Arianna has taught traditional concept classes in networks and security. She creates programs to shift Computer Scientists and Engineers towards societal and ethical considerations and invite Social Science and Liberal Arts students into technical domains. She creates bridges between classroom learning and professional practice through hands-on methods like hackathons, capture-the-flag (CTF) events, and policy competitions.

Arianna’s ethos is that cybersecurity is a field that navigates digital, physical and hybrid environments, where focus must lie on prevention of harm, and security work increases business value. She promotes a realistic view of careers in technology, a work/life balance to avoid burnout, and methodologies that translate human requirements into technical specifications.

Academic Areas

Research: I am particularly interested in projects that involve collaboration across different disciplines. Topics: cyber security; security-by-design; security-by-default; interface design; data protection; privacy; security culture; the value of security work; the value of user engagement; trust; responsible innovation; pedagogy.

Education: I am interested in developing pedagogic approaches that equip learners with communication skills, operational understanding, and societal and environmental awareness. Topics: experiential learning; hackathons; capture-the-flag (CTF); case study; policy briefs; skills development; professional development; outreach.


  • DPhil, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • BSc (Hons), Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom