Socio-Legal Studies

Edward Burtonshaw-Gunn

Socio-Legal Studies

Socio-Legal Pathway (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law, University of Bristol

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

It is widely regarded that the UK is facing a housing crisis. The projected number of required new homes has failed to be met since the early 1980s. My research proposes to explore the underpinning social, legal and financial aspects of three forms of housing builders in Bristol, UK; commercial developers, housing associations, and community land trusts.

Research supervisors: Professor Antonia Layard, Dr Janine Sargoni

Professional memberships/Positions held: Socio-Legal Studies Associations (SLSA) Postgraduate Member, SWDTC Representative, Law School PGR Student Representative


Twitter: @BurtonshawGunn

Louise Hatherall

Socio-Legal Studies

PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law and Social Sciences, 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


Twitter: @TwitTooLou

Ben Hudson

Socio-Legal Studies

PhD Researcher in International Law & Human Rights (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law, University of Bristol

Research topic: 'Realising a Legal Right to Return: The Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in International Law'

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 in 2010-2011, 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 and Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo

Professional memberships / Positions held:  Teacher, LLB Law & State and IFP Law; Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Student Director, University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre Law Clinic; Chair, Bristol SU Postgraduate Network Committee and Student Representative for the SWDTC
LinkedIn: Ben Hudson
Twitter: @ben_hudson7