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Fellow in Focus - Dr Oleh Stupak

Oleh Stupak joined Corpus in Michaelmas 2022 as the William Cook Early-Career Research Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics.

His research is focused on microeconomics and the economics of networks. His primary research interest is in the application of game theory to cybersecurity, industrial espionage, and strategic network formation problems, contributing to the emerging interdisciplinary field of economics of information security.

Oleh read BA and MA degrees in International Economics at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, followed by an MSc in Economics at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. In 2022, Oleh completed a DPhil in (Economics of) Cybersecurity at the University of Oxford.

What attracted you to working in Cambridge?

I was applying to the leading research institutions in the UK, continental Europe, and the US, but as the birthplace of the economics of information security and one of the leading institutions in the economics of networks field, I decided that Cambridge was the right place for me.

What was the specific appeal of taking a Fellowship at Corpus?

The Fellowship was highly appealing to me for two reasons. Firstly, being a  part of the University of Cambridge, I could work with economics and computer science scholars whom I referenced countless times throughout my DPhil. The second reason is, of course, the College. Corpus Christi is a college of rich history and tradition and is much smaller and more intimate than the other colleges. An opportunity to chat with and get to know all the Fellows closer cannot be underestimated.

What do you enjoy most about life at Corpus?

Apart from wonderful, interesting people, the College also provides a great environment for work. For instance, I genuinely enjoy reading, working, researching, and teaching in my office. There is something magical in those ancient spires that I observe from my windows every day — very inspiring. It is also obvious that, despite its traditional exterior, Corpus is quite progressive – as shown by hiring a non-conventional economist like me. It looks old, but the College tries to push the boundaries in new research areas, in not so well-established subjects such as the economics of information security.

Oleh's research currently consists of two strands. The first strand investigates the main drivers of industrial espionage and its effects on innovative incentives, R&D companies' profits, and the quality of new technologies. The second strand investigates efficient network formation in the presence of an intelligent attacker.

Learn more about Oleh’s research here.