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Centre for Internet Law & PolicyVisiting Researchers

The Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law & Policy Visiting Researchers Programme provides the opportunity for researchers in other universities to come to Strathclyde and collaborate with members of the Centre on topics of common interest. Please note that we are not able to provide funding to support visitors; visitors must have their own funds to cover their travel and subsistence in Scotland.

When applying to the programme, could you kindly provide us with more information on the context and purpose of your intended visit:

  • The topic or topics you intend to research during your visit, and the methods you propose to apply;
  • Whether this research forms part of a degree program, a research project, or some other related activity;
  • The proposed timeframe and duration of your visit (start/end date);
  • Confirmation that you have your own funding for the expected duration of your visit, including travel to and from Scotland, any visa and related fees, as well as accommodation and subsistence while in Scotland.

As part of your responses to the above questions, a brief outline of 250-500 words summarising your research topic and explaining what you specifically hope to gain from conducting it at Strathclyde University, would be helpful. Please send your application to

Current Researchers

Stephen McLeod Blythe

Stephen McLeod Blythe LLB. LLM. is a tech law expert specialising in policy creation and implementation for leading Internet platforms. Specific research interests include the intersection of intermediary liability, content decisions, and the impact on freedom of expression. Currently a Visiting Scholar in the Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law and Policy, he has also led the E-Commerce and Privacy law classes as part of the distance learning LLM program at the University of Strathclyde.

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Şimal Efsane Erdoğan

Şimal Efsane Erdoğan is a PhD in law candidate at King’s College London. She is interested in exploring a wide range of issues at the nexus of sustainability and public law. Her doctoral research explores the debates on sustainability and public contracting in the EU. 

She is currently teaching the Privacy, Crime, and Security module in the Strathclyde University LL.M Internet Law and Policy programme and working on the research project titled “Enabling Digital Renewable Energy – Ensuring Safety and Sustainability” funded by a UK EPSRC STEM Equals grant. Also, Simal is acting as the Managing Editor of SCRIPTed - A Journal of Law, Technology & Society, and the editor of the King’s College London Law Review EU Law Blog. 

She holds an LL.M. degree from the Queen Mary University of London (UK) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ankara University, Turkey, where she has been admitted to Istanbul Bar Association. Prior to her transition to academia, Simal was an attorney in law at Herguner Bilgen Ozeke Attorney Partnership in Turkey, where she mainly advised on data protection and energy regulations.

Past Researchers

Stefano Torregiani

Period of visit: January – March 2020

PhD Candidate, Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy

Stefano’s field of research is data protection law, with a focus on how different laws affect the smart manufacturing field. The first stage of his research involved considering the protection of personal data in the European Union context, the evolution of the law in relation to new technologies and a comparison among different legal frameworks around the world. His more recent research focusses on non-personal data, in particular the recent EU Regulation on the Framework for the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data. His thesis, entitled “Data Law and the Development of Smart Manufacturing”, analyses the interesting relationship between personal data and non-personal data regulations in the EU, in an attempt to understand how they affect the smart manufacturing industry.

During his time as a visiting researcher at Strathclyde, Stefano carried out the research on recent and future developments in Data Law and work on a paper concerning the flow of both personal and non-personal data in and outside of the European Union.

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