Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda is Assistant Professor of IT Law at the Trinity College Dublin. Before joining the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin, Maria Grazia was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. Previously Maria Grazia was a Research Associate within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence, as well as the Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société of the University of Namur. She trained on privacy and security matters at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, Paris) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS, Brussels).
Maria Grazia holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute with a thesis titled "Cybersecurity and Privacy Rights in EU Law. Moving beyond the Trade-off Model to Appraise the Role of Technology". She holds an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws (European University Institute), an M.A. in International Relations (University of Bologna with honours from Collegio Superiore), and a B.A. in Political Science (University of Cagliari). Her early work was awarded prizes by the Lyncean Academy (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Premio Ruffini) and the Italian Information Security Association (CLUSIT). During her studies she also earned grants to visit at various institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and University of California at Berkeley.
Maria Grazia's current research addresses the relationship between law and technology and in particular matters of privacy, data protection, cyber security and cybercrime. Her scholarship is policy-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary. In 2018 she advised the EU Directorate General for Development and Cooperation as a Member of the Task Force on Cyber Capacity Building, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, with which she has cooperated on matters of cyber security. She has been a member of collaborative interdisciplinary projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (CRITiCaL), the EU DG Justice and Consumers (CharterClick!) and the EU Seventh Framework Programme (SURVEILLE and SurPRISE). Maria Grazia regularly presents her work at international academic and multi-stakeholder conferences and has published contributions in leading European law and technology venues.