CREATe Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh-smallApplications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant to contribute to a two year project on copyright and individual creators as part of CREATe, based at the University of Edinburgh. The successful applicant can come from any relevant background (such as Business, Law, Socio-legal Studies, Economics and Sociology) but must have some knowledge of empirical research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and empirical research design. A basic understanding of and interest in intellectual property law is highly desirable, though training may be available. A PhD that is being currently pursued, or completed, is desirable, though not essential.

The project, led by Dr Smita Kheria, will investigate the role of copyright in the day to day creative practice and resulting business models of individual creators’ in a number of creative sectors. The project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will consist of preparation of a literature review on individual creators’ perspectives on copyright as well as research design for empirical research with creators. The second phase will be conduct of empirical research which will aim to understand where values lie in the value chains in individual creators’ practices and the role played by copyright in such value chains.

This part-time post is available at on a fixed term basis for 18 months starting in May 2013. This equates to 10.5 hours (or 1 and a half days) per week. There is some flexibility in terms of how the 1.5 days will be implemented on the project and can be discussed.

Details and apply here.

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