The 2013 ‘Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest’ Research Survey


Between July and September, 2013, we surveyed members of the Global Congress community to learn more about their projects and priorities. We invited participation through email lists and solicited anyone who had either been to a Global Congress, been invited to one, or expressed interest in coming.  We received around 90 responses.

Rather than create an agenda document, we’ve decided to let the responses speak mostly for themselves.  We’ve split them into two parts: a searchable, sortable database for Current Projects (below) and a series of posts on Research Priorities (forthcoming on Infojustice) that compile perspectives on research opportunities and its relationship to policymaking in the next several years.

Here are the caveats: The responses are drawn from–but do not exhaustively reproduce–the responses we received.  Responses have been cherry picked, edited, and loosely organized under primary themes.  We favored detailed responses over lists of projects or statements of general interests or concerns.  The list is also quite limited: it attributes projects to the person or persons who reported it–not necessarily to all contributors to a project.   We can, of course, make adjustments where the attribution is clearly inadequate (let us know if that’s the case).  But we are not aiming for a rigorous accounting of the research field, just a useful one given the usual constraints on time and resources.  If this proves popular, we can discuss expanding it as part of future Global Congresses.

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Governance, Participation, Trade Agreements

Public Health, Access to Medicines

Practices and Attitudes, Piracy / Informality, Public Understanding of Copyright

Tech Innovation Systems and Patents, Open Innovation, Tech Patents, Patent SystemUniversity Tech Transfer, Biological Patents

Creative Incentives and Remuneration, Collecting Societies, Licensing, Copyright’s Incentives, Remuneration, Creative IndustriesAlternative Business Models

Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, Access to Cultural Goods, Educational Materials, Libraries

Enforcement, Privacy and Surveillance

Trademark, Geographical Indicators, Traditional Knowledge

IP/A2K Social Movements and Activism, Capacity Building

Adjacent Issues

Geographical Focus

Global, Latin America, Africa, MENA, Europe, South Asia, USA, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Poland, China, Russia, South Africa, India, Ethiopia


Priorities for Future Research

Intro and International Comparison and Cases
Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, and Enforcement
Trade, Patents, and Health
Cultural Economies
Methods, Communication, and Social Movements


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Primary Investigator(s) and/or Person Who Reported ItResearch VenueProject TitleTopic(s)Geographical FocusDescription
Mohammed El SaidUniversity of Central Lancashire, UKPublic Health
Access to Medicines
MENAI study public health and access to medicines in the Arab region, including the impact of bilateral free trade and association agreements on the Arab countries. Recent work in the region shows adverse impact of such agreements on public health and access to medicines yet there is not enough research conducted.
Niva Elkin-KorenUniversity of Haifa, IsraelTech Innovation Systems and Patents
University Tech Transfer
I'm currently involved in a project on technology transfer and commercialization of government-sponsored research. The project explores whether changes in the legal regime affect R&D activity (as measured by the number of patent applications), focusing on stem cell research in Israel as a case study. A related project maps the practices of patenting and commercializing governmental funded research (sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Science).
Nagla RizkAmerican University, EgyptGlobal Censorship and Access to KnowledgePrivacy and SurveillanceEgypt
Writing a chapter in 'Global Censorship and Access to Knowledge' on the economic losses to the internet shutdown in Egypt in 2011, focusing on the asymmetry in handling political and economic liberties in the Middle East and showing the economic losses as collateral damage to censoring freedom of expression.
Nagla RizkAmerican University, EgyptNetworked Public Sphere and Civic Engagement in the Arab WorldAdjacent IssuesMENA
A study of the use of online and offline networks to spur public action and the transition to democracy in Egypt, Tunisia