Centre for Internet Law & Policy Visiting 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 birgit.schippers@strath.ac.uk

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.

Angela Daly

Angela Daly is a socio-legal researcher of the regulation of new (digital) technologies. She works across data protection, intellectual property, competition and sector-specific regulation and human rights law, combining perspectives from the UK, EU, US and Asia Pacific jurisdictions. She is currently Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Dundee, with a joint appointment between the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) and Dundee Law School. She previously worked at Strathclyde Law School where she co-directed SCILP and remains affiliated and involved in the Centre’s activities.

picture of Şimal Efsane Erdoğan

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.

Conor Heaney

Conor Heaney is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Kent Law School at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His interdisciplinary research interests encompass philosophy, politics, and law, with a focus on the themes of technology, time, ecology, education, amongst others. In particular, he has focused on the work of thinkers such as Bernard Stiegler, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Gilbert Simondon, Michel Foucault, and Henri Lefebvre. His research in recent years has been devoted to developing new methodological and ontological contributions to the field of “rhythmanalysis” as an area with largely untapped transdisciplinary potential to generate insight across philosophy, sociology, politics, law, science and technology studies, as well as in collaborative conversation with the natural sciences. In this vein, his first monograph was recently published with Routledge in 2022, entitled Rhythm: New Trajectories in Law.

His current position at Kent Law School is part of Dr Connal Parsley’s UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Project entitled “The Future of Good Decisions: An Evolutionary Approach to Human-AI Government Administrative Decision-Making.” This project addresses the impasse between algorithmic decision-making systems and rule of law values, engaging with creative, experimental, and critical methods to explore the evolution of our normative techno-social ecologies.

Jing Wang

Dr Jing Wang, Associate Professor in Law at the University of Leicester and Visiting Researcher at the Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law & Policy (SCILP), specialises in Antitrust / Competition Law teaching and research. Her research is published in leading international journals Oxford Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, World Competition, Fordham International Law Journal, amongst others.

An active international conference speaker, Jing’s research examines two international antitrust themes which affect many jurisdictions, with particular focus on comparative antitrust issues arising in the UK, EU, USA and China:

  • first, her research examines how traditional Competition Law prohibitions and regulators face increasing challenges to keep pace with Policies (State intervention in the economy); and
  • second, she is conducting research on how to combat Online Platforms’ anti-consumer anti-competitive practices across Digital Markets globally, which adversely affect consumers and businesses.

Jing also researches how to make study of law more stimulating for students: funded by the Clark Foundation, she developed and uses digital animations to encourage students studying Antitrust and Contact to think more deeply about the impact of commercial activities on societal development.

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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