Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

  • Dr Polly Lord

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2014

    Graduation date: April 2019

    Research topic: Employment law in farms

    My research examines how core employment law rights apply on farms. Through conducting interviews with farmers, their understanding of wages, working time, holidays, sickness and parental leave to health and safety rules, is discussed. In doing so, the way that farmers manage these rights – both practically and conceptually – reveals important insights into the laws themselves.

    Research supervisors: Professor Liz Trinder, Professor Matt Lobley

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Co-Ordinator World of Work Network

    Email: pl325@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Anna Heenan

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: March 2020

    Research topic: The financial implications of shared parenting after divorce

    Research supervisors: Professor Anne Barlow

    Email: acsh201@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Janet Keliher

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC +3)
    Law School, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: June 2019

    Research topic: A Socio-Legal Analysis of the Relationship between Legal Responsibility & Culture in Criminal Law

    Research supervisors: Dr Stephen Skinner

    Email: jk338@exeter.ac.uk


  • Thomas Tooth

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2011

    Research topic: Who cares about defence witnesses? Witness care and adversarial justice

    Research supervisors: Professor Richard Young , Professor Morag McDermont

    Email: tt8480@bristol.ac.uk


  • Louise Austin

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni, Student Rep

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Judging Informed Consent

    My PhD is titled ‘Judging Informed Consent’ and focuses on the interaction between ethics, law and regulation of informed consent to medical treatment.  In particular, it looks at ethical conceptions of autonomy and the extent to which they feature in legal and regulatory decisions on consent.

    Research supervisors: Dr Oliver Quick, Professor Richard Huxtable

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Associate Teacher, Medical Law

    Member of Institute of Medical Ethics Postgraduate Committee

    SWDTP student representative

    Email: louise.austin@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/louise-austin-75bb8329

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/louise_austin12


  • Dr Ben Hudson

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: October 2019

    Research topic: An IDP Right to Return? Challenges in Law and Practice

    My research concerns the human rights protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Inspired by my time in Georgia working with non-governmental organisations and United Nations’ agencies, my research engages with the realisation of durable solutions to internal displacement, specifically a legal right to return in international law.

    Research supervisors: Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Teacher (LLB Law & State, Introduction to Medical Law & IFP Law), Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Bristol Faculty Senate Representative

    Email: ben.hudson@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ben_hudson7


  • Louise Hatherall

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Genetic Patents in Intellectual Property Law

    My research interests centre on IP Law and the way it is applied to biotechnological and genetic patents. There is an argument that Patent Law is currently being used as a ‘sword rather than a shield’ enabling companies and inventors to stifle and prevent access to inventions. This has resulted in stagnating innovation impacting both patients access to such innovations, along with increasing litigation time and cost. This research aims to address this balance and consider the impact of granting these patents on innovative research, access to inventions, the aggressive litigation tactics currently employed and considers the future for IP Law.

    Research supervisors: Andrew Charlesworth

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    SLSA

    Student Conference 2017 Committee Chair

    Email: lh15390.2015@my.bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwitTooLou


  • Edward Burtonshaw-Gunn

    Socio-Legal Studies Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    Law School, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: A multi-case study of housing models in Bristol, UK: Commercial Housing, Housing Associations, and Community Land Trusts.

    Ed is a PhD researcher and Land Law tutor in the Law School. His research is on the housing crisis with specific interest in house building in Bristol, UK. He is particularly interested in planning law, policy, and practice to explain how housing production is shaped in Bristol. For his doctoral research, he spent three months at Bristol City Council – the local planning authority responsible for establishing local planning policies in line with national policies, and for determining planning applications within Bristol. He tweets at @BurtonshawGunn. 

    Research supervisors: Professor Antonia Layard, Dr Janine Sargoni

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    SWDTP Student representative

    Law School PGR Student Representative

    Socio-Legal Studies Associations (SLSA) Postgraduate Member

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

    Socio-Legal Studies Associations (SLSA) Postgraduate Member

    Email: e.burtonshaw-gunn@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BurtonshawGunn