I am a Reader in Law at the Kent Law School at the University of Kent.
My research interests are in intellectual property, knowledge techniques, transmissions and practices, construction of values and valuation practices, novelty and creativity, and legal and social theory. I study legal techniques and their social manifestations by drawing on insights from anthropology, literary and social theories, historical epistemology, media studies, and science and technology studies. Examples of my past work are: an analysis of patent knowledge organisation and the material infrastructure that sustains it; the digital mediation of intangible knowledge; a critique of patent value and its financialisation; representations in climate data in legal adjudicatory setting and legal scholarship. In the context of legal theoretical scholarship, I have studied and sketched out a notion of materiality specific to law. Most recently, I collaborated with IP law colleagues and wrote a working paper and an open letter in support of the TRIPS waiver. My policy-oriented work draws upon insights from interdisciplinary and historical IP scholarship, providing a deeper context towards a more equitable policy outcome.
I have a cross-disciplinary training and professional background in law, history of sciences, and science and technology studies. Prior to joining Kent Law School, I was an Assistant Professor of Science Studies at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, where I researched epistemic relations between scientific and legal classifications in Hans-Joerg Rheinberger’s department III.
I earned my PhD in Law at the European University Institute, Florence, with a thesis which explored the implications of human gene patenting on the legal concept of human personhood.
For my undergraduate degree, I read Government and Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and also graduated there with a Distinction from the Masters of Laws (LLM) programme.
I was a visiting research fellow at University of California at Berkeley (2002-3) and LSE (2013).
I was the Programme Committee Chair for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH). I now serve in its Organizing Committee (-2022), as well as in the Governing Board of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP).
I serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Economy and Society.
During my times outside academia, I have been trained in classical music and in financial modeling. Both involve very different sensibilities, but they have proven useful in my research projects.
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