Copyright, policymaking and the public voice: Vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher

A vacancy is now available for a post-doctorate research officer, to work one day a week on a project that will deliver a new model for copyright consultations, and for consultations on media policy more generally.

The AHRC-funded project is entitled ‘Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright’, and the aim is to co-produce, with copyright stakeholders and members of the public, a set of guidelines for policy consultation processes that more effectively incorporate a wide range of stakeholder voices into debates about copyright policy.  CREATe (as part of the AHRC Policy & Evidence Centre PEC)  is a partner on the project, which is being led by Dr Lee Edwards (LSE) and Dr Giles Moss (University of Leeds).

The project is particularly timely given the recent passing of the EU Copyright Directive, which is now likely to be implemented by the UK in some form; and in light of ongoing policy debates about policy for platform regulation, online privacy and online harms. The project objectives are:

  1. To understand stakeholders’ previous experiences of copyright consultations, and to gather their opinions about how existing consultation processes might be improved;
  2. To identify how stakeholders in the copyright debate perceive the opportunities and risks of engaging with the public;
  3. To combine these insights with findings from previous AHRC- and ESRC-funded research focused on the public understanding and experience of copyright policy, and create a discussion document incorporating stakeholder, public and academic insights into copyright consultation;
  4. To bring together stakeholders and members of the public in a workshop to consider the discussion document and generate a set of draft guidelines for more sustainable and inclusive models of copyright consultation;
  5. To present the guidelines to policymakers as a tool for planning future consultations.

The proposed project will develop an in-depth understanding of stakeholders’ experiences of consultation and public engagement, of the opportunities and barriers they associate with this form of public engagement, and of their views about how the consultation process may be improved. Stakeholders and members of the public will use this understanding to collaboratively develop a set of guidelines for improving consultation processes, and to share these guidelines with policymakers at the end of the project. Methods include interviews, a deliberative workshop, and delivery of a training session.

Applicants should have a PhD or be near completion, and will be based in London. More information about the vacancy and how to apply is here:  https://bit.ly/2TOK2sr 

Please note the short deadline – the closing date for applications is 16 April.

For questions about the post or the project, please contact: Lee Edwards (l.edwards2@lse.ac.uk) or Giles Moss (g.s.moss@leeds.ac.uk).

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