About International Studies and Emerging Technologies Working Group (ISET)

The ISET working group is an inclusive and accessible forum for researchers and students interested in the various ways in which emerging technologies, like cyber and artificial intelligence, are affecting contemporary societies and global affairs.

ISET acknowledges and promotes the critical contribution that the social sciences can offer to the study of emerging technologies; hitherto overwhelmingly the remit of research in the computer science and engineering communities. ISET also recognizes the poor gender and minority diversity of this particular area of research. Hence, ISET is committed to promoting all aspects of the BISA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy throughout its activities and membership.

Main Activities

1. To promote research in the field, ISET will organize an annual conference. Moreover, the group will participate to BISA activities and in particular to the BISA annual conference. With the goal of establishing connections with scholars outside of the country, ISET will also organize panels for larger international conferences such as the EISA and ISA ones.

2. To provide support, advice, and mentoring to students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (PhDs and postdocs) in this area, ISET will organize formal and informal workshops.

3. To engage with practitioners in both the private and public sector, ISET will organize public events discussing the significant challenges and opportunities deriving from emerging technologies.


Ciaran Gillespie
University of Surrey
Eugenio Lilli
Eugenio Lilli
University College Dublin

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