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Dr Joss Wright

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Joss Wright

Senior Research Fellow


Dr Joss Wright is a Senior Research Fellow, Co-Director of the Oxford EPSRC Cybersecurity Doctoral Training Centre and a Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. His work focuses on computational approaches to social science questions, with a particular focus on technologies that exert, resist, or subvert control over information.

Joss’ main areas of research are information controls, with a focus on internet censorship and shutdowns; privacy enhancing technologies and data anonymisation; and cybercrime, with a particular focus on the online illegal wildlife trade and its implications for biodiversity and conservation.

Joss gained his PhD in Computer Science at the University of York, where his work focused on the modelling and analysis of anonymous communication systems. Following this, he spent time at the University of Siegen in Germany, researching security and privacy issues in cloud computing. He joined the OII as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2010.

Research Interests

Information controls, internet censorship, illegal wildlife trade, conservation, privacy enhancing technologies, machine learning, bayesian statistical inference, computational social science.

Positions at the OII

  • Senior Research Fellow, November 2017 -
  • Research Fellow, November 2012 - November 2017
  • Fresnel Research Fellow, January 2010 - November 2012


Integrity Statement

In the past five years my research has been financially supported by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Oxford Martin School, Google, and the Alan Turing Institute.



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Current Students


John Gallacher

DPhil student, Oxford University Cyber Security Centre for Doctoral Training

Current Courses

Subversive Technologies

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of technologies that provide control over information flows and action on the internet, and those that resist or subvert that control.