Senior Research Associate (Engagement Associate): Policy & Regulation to Address Privacy and Online

Employer
University of Bristol
Location
Bristol, United Kingdom
Salary
£38,017 - £42,792
Posted
Apr 16, 2021
Closes
May 11, 2021
Ref
165361
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
The role

The UKRI-funded National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (' REPHRAIN ') has a vacancy for the position of Senior Research Associate. The post-holder, a specialist in digital law and regulation, will work with Dr Asma Vranaki , Law Lecturer at the University of Bristol and REPHRAIN's Policy and Regulation Lead, to support the delivery of the strand which explores the policy and regulatory implications of online harms.

REPHRAIN, a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre with a critical mass of, to-date, over 50 internationally leading experts at Bristol (lead), UCL, Edinburgh, King's and Bath and 23 founding industry, non-profit, government, law, regulation and international research centre partners, explores how online harms, such as unlawful data disclosures, opaque data processing operations, profiling, disinformation and cyber-crime, can be prevented or mitigated from multi-disciplinary perspectives including law, engineering, sociology and psychology.

What will you be doing?

The post holder will:
  • Systematically research and analyse the national and international policy and regulatory online harms developments to map out policy and regulatory responses in this area.
  • Comprehensively examine the divergent and overlapping national and international online harms laws to map out legal responses to such harms.
  • Engage with the multi-disciplinary online harm academic scholarship.
  • Critically assess the impact and effectiveness of legal, policy and regulatory responses to online harms to date.
  • Explore the roles of PETs in preventing or mitigating specific online harms.
  • Work collaboratively with other REPHRAIN researchers and stakeholders, such as government, regulators, academics, law enforcers, industry and policy actors, to explore the regulatory and policy interventions which can prevent or mitigate online harms.
  • Convene multiple stakeholders active in this arena to further understanding about the policy and regulatory implications of online harms.
  • Use the research findings to contribute to the REPHRAIN Map and Toolbox .
  • Regularly disseminate project findings by authoring peer-reviewed journal articles in leading academic journals and presenting papers at key conferences in the field.


You should apply if:
  • You have a proven track record of research excellence in digital law and either digital regulation or digital policy.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of the multiple, fragmented and overlapping national and international online harms laws or can show potential to develop some of this understanding, where appropriate.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of the main national and international policy and regulatory developments relevant to online harms or can show potential to develop some of this understanding, where appropriate.
  • You are familiar with the main academic debates surrounding online harms in the fields of policy and regulation.
  • You have proven expertise in one or more research methodologies for law, such as doctrinal and socio-legal methodologies.
  • You understand PETs sufficiently to explore their regulatory and policy implications for online harms.
  • You understand the interplay between ethics and research.
  • You can build effective relationships with multi-disciplinary stakeholders with varying seniority levels.


We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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