Professor Robert G. Picard is a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale University Law School. A professor at universities in Europe and North America for forty years, he has taught at University of Oxford and Harvard University and was Research Director for the Reuters Institute at University of Oxford.
His research at RUSI is focusing on cyber policy, disinformation; deterrence, and counter information and is part of his broader body of research in media communications policies and political communication. He is the author and editor of 33 books, including Media and Communications Policymaking: Processes, Dynamics, and International Variations, The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High-Risk Conflict Zones, The Internet and Mass Media, and Media Portrayals of Terrorism: Functions and Meanings of News Coverage.
He received M.A. degrees from California State University and University of Oxford, his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, completed advanced training in media policy in the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Washington Program in Public Policy, and was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.
Picard has received numerous grants and contracts from organisation including The European Commission, The U.S. State Department and Department of Justice, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ministries and government agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.