William D. Phillips

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Research Assistant
Cambridge Office


M.Phil. in economics, University of Cambridge; B.Sc. in mathematical economics and statistics, University of Birmingham


William Phillips is a research assistant at RAND Europe working in the area of defence, security and infrastructure. He has worked across a range of topics including transport, defence and security, and health and wellbeing. He has also developed expertise in particular methodologies including discrete choice modelling and future scenario development. 

Phillips holds an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in mathematical economics and statistics from the University of Birmingham. After completing his M.Phil., he worked at a boutique talent strategy consultancy, advising tier one management consultancies on their future business challenges. During his studies, he pursued a wide range of research areas of interest, including in the spheres of democracy, immigration, subjective wellbeing and behavioural economics.

Selected Publications

Erik Silfversten, William Phillips, Giacomo Persi Paoli, Cosmin Ciobanu, Economics of Vulnerability Disclosure, The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) (EP-67755), 2018


  • Journal Article

    Economics of Vulnerability Disclosure

    This study serves as a follow up to the 2015 ENISA Good Practice Guide on Vulnerability Disclosure and seeks to provide a glimpse into the economics, costs, and incentives related to discovering and disclosing vulnerabilities.

    Dec 14, 2018