Research Fellow

Birmingham, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Jun 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Collaborative research with high translation and impact is one of four core activities that underpin the Aston Mission to deliver over the short, medium and long-term for our beneficiaries. Since our creation in 1895 we have been an integral part of our region and its employers, advancing knowledge in a relevant and meaningful manner. In addition to conducting fundamental research, Aston has developed a strong reputation for working closely with industry, the professions, and other stakeholders. At Aston Law School, our lecturers are active researchers and we have recognised profiles in many areas of law, including Financial Regulation, Corporate Governance, Tax Law, Corporate Insolvency and Corporate Rescue, European Union Law, Comparative Law, Internet Law, Privacy and Data Protection, Intellectual Property Law, International Business Law, Land Law, Equity, Trusts, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, Jurisprudence.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to undertake legal research work for a fixed term of 3 years commencing 1 September 2020 on a Leverhulme Trust-funded research project 'Modern Technologies, Privacy Law and the Dead. The project brings together a team of legal scholars working in the area of emerging technologies and biotechnologies to investigate whether modern social, economic and technological realities compel a paradigm shift in favour of legally recognising and enforcing the privacy of the dead. The project is the first thorough examination of personality and privacy of the dead, from a variety of perspectives and using diverse research methods.

Particularly, the Research Fellow will help with the preparation and conduct of the empirical work (qualitative and quantitative) envisaged for this project. The project will carry out for the first time in the UK, baseline quantitative empirical research to understand if and how individuals are concerned with what happens to their personal data online after death; and whether new tools like Google Inactive Account Manager (IAM) and Facebook Legacy Contact are proving helpful. It will also conduct qualitative interviews with industry, law firms and policymakers to understand what commercial, technical and legal problems are arising against which nascent post-mortem privacy rights need to be balanced.
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