Svitlana Matviyenko

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Svitlana is an Associate Professor of Critical Media Analysis in the School of Communication and Associate Director of the Digital Democracies Institute. Her research and teaching, informed by science & technology studies and history of science, are focused on information and cyberwar, media and environment, critical infrastructure studies and postcolonial theory. Svitlana's current work on nuclear cultures and heritage investigates the practices of nuclear terror, weaponization of pollution and technogenic catastrophes during the Russian war in Ukraine.

At the Digital Democracies Institute, Svitlana leads Cyberwar Topologies and Media, Infrastructure, Environment research streams. She serves on the Advisory Board of Critical Infrastructure Lab (University of Amsterdam).

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Svitlana will be involved in the program Bitter Victory: Is Victory Possible in the 21st Century? Svitlana will join us in the fall term of 2024.


Epistemological Pitfalls in the Proxy Theory of Race: The Case of Genomics-Based Medicine, with Serpico, D. , in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 2023.

Towards the multileveled and processual conceptualisation of racialised individuals in biomedical research, with Żuradzki, T. Synthese. 2023

Reductionist methodology and the ambiguity of the categories of race and ethnicity in biomedical research: an exploratory study of recent evidence, with Żuradzki, T, in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 2023

Can I feel your pain? The biological and socio-cognitive factors shaping people’s empathy with social robots, in International Journal of Social Robotics. 2022

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