Amel Attatfa

PhD Student, PhD Cyber diplomacy

  • PhD in Computing and Games, SDI
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Personal profile

Amel Attatfa is currently a PhD Research-Student (candidate) in Cyber diplomacy, a Graduate School (Class) Representative for the School of Design and Informatics (SDI), and a Postgraduate Research Student (PGRS) Representative at the Senate, Abertay University. 
She was educated at Universities in Paris (BA, Hons; MA, Hons) and a Law School (MA, Adm.) in France.
Her background is interdisciplinary: from international political science through transnational politics, diplomacy, international law (public law) to cyber matters.
She masters strong skills in the field of diplomacy, politics, languages and cyber matters.

Research interests

Her research area is Cyber diplomacy, a niche area, yet key to maintain peace, security and trust within cyberspace, when considering that Cyber diplomacy is a major issue for countries' foreign policies, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the domain.
Basically, her ongoing research is highlighting the need for combining diplomatic matters and cyber matters.


  • #Cyber diplomacy
  • #Cyber security
  • #Cyberspace
  • #ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies)
  • #Policies
  • #Peace
  • #Security
  • #Trust 
  • #Interdisciplinary
  • #International
  • #Global


Amel Attatfa successfully completed the short courses of Beginning to Teach in Higher Education, by the Department of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, at Abertay University, and received the Beginning to teach in HE (Higher Education) certificate.

Amel Attatfa taught as a tutor for the module 'CRM 303 - The Social Construction of Surveillance and Cybercrime' for 3rd year undergradute students. This tutorial consisted of discussion and Q&A on a text related to the lecture, for 1 hour per week with one group, on the second semester of the academic year 2020-21. 


Knowledge Exchange

Invited Talks

Amel Attatfa has been invited as a Moderator on 15/10/2021 for a session at 'ECR Forum - Early Career Researcher Forum on Climate Change'.

Amel Attatfa has been invited as a Chair on the 'Technical Paper Session 5: Security for Special Populations - Session Chair: Amel Attatfa (Abertay University)' on 12/10/2021 for the EuroUSEC 2021 - The 2021 European Symposium on Usable Security.

Amel Attatfa has been invited as a Research Theme PhD Panelist on the session 'PhD Skills Workshop Session: Coping with COVID' on 13/09/2021 for the SICSA Conference 2021 Sustainability and Resilience.

Amel Attatfa has been invited as a Panelist on 28/07/2021 at the 'CIC Toronto: The Future of Cyber-Diplomacy - A Panel Discussion'.

Amel Attatfa has been invited as a Speaker on 12/11/2020 for the 'GWSE - Women in STEM Showcase - Young Women in Science Showcase'.

International contribution

Amel Attatfa has been a contributor to the Cumberland Lodge Digital Inclusion - Bridging Divides report 2019-20 published (online) on August 2020, following the Cumberland Lodge cross-sector, roundtable conference 'Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides' on 14 and 15 November 2019. 

Amel Attatfa has been a reviewer on 13/09/2020 for a publication peer-review to Cyber Science 2020.

Amel Attatfa has been selected to participate on 23/07/2021 in the session entitled 'To boldly go where no one has gone before' to the IMPACT 2021 Conference.


Prizes and distinctions

Amel Attatfa has been featured on 24/05/2021 as 'Rising Star: Amel Attatfa - SpriteHub'.

Amel Attatfa has received on 14/01/2021 a Highly commended Certificate for a Research Snapshot poster at SPRITE+ Showcase.

Amel Attatfa has received on 11/01/2021 a certificate from SPARQS (Student Partnership in Quality Scotland) in the context of the class representative training.


Amel Attatfa has been interviewed by IRIS.AI - The AI Researcher on 12/11/2020 entitled 'User Story:Organize Your Research in Maps'.

Amel Attatfa has been an author/editor at Le Journal International:

- 'The (corona)virus in cyber world : Triangular link', published on 23/04/2020.

- 'Cyberspace and International law: discrepancy of concordance', published on 24/09/2020.

- 'Cyber diplomacy and tensions in cyberspace: an inescapable analogy', published on 04/02/2021.

- 'Cybersecurity: a pillar of Cyber diplomacy', published on 06/09/2021.

Education / Qualifications

References available upon request (Diplomas from Institutions and UNODA).


2020 - Cyber Nexus

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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