Jessica Thiel

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PhD Candidate | Thesis - Open Publishing and the Value of Access

Research program: Governing Digital Societies


Jessica is a PhD Candidate within the DMRC.  Her research investigates how markets, social norms, and intellectual property laws shape the way publishing in higher education operates and contributes to the knowledge commons. Her thesis examines the intersect between access to education materials and copyright law and considers the potential implications for human development. Jessica’s work seeks to inform public policy, norms and law relating to the way knowledge is created and disseminated.

Jessica has previously worked for Universities Australia as Director of Copyright. She is a member of Creative Commons Australia and an advocate for open access and open education.

Jessica holds degrees in Law and Arts (Journalism) from Griffith University, a Master of Law from QUT and was admitted into practice as a solicitor in 2012.


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