AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China
Combining British and Chinese expertise, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China will investigate global copyright challenges and opportunities for creative and technical industries in the fast developing Chinese context. Copyright and intellectual property (IP) laws are critical considerations for start-ups, entrepreneurs and corporations, particularly ‘disruptive innovators’ who use technology to shake-up existing business models. The Centre’s research will have relevance to government, business and education sectors in China and its findings aim to inform policy and support the development of consistent copyright and intellectual property regulation and to aid business innovation and commercial design across China.
The Centre is supported by a £500k grant from the AHRC and Newton Fund over two years with matched funding from the Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau and a further substantial contribution in kind from UNNC. It will act as a key national research hub with links to related projects and research groups in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities. It provides the opportunity to have real impact in China as well as to bridge the best of UK and Chinese research capacity in this field.
In its initial two years, the Centre will support up to three PhD studentships and a number of research projects in the core areas of
a) IP (policy, regulation and licensing)
b) Platforms, tools and technologies for innovation and creativity.