Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) (Monash University), Master of Public Policy and Management (Monash University), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Australian National University), Bachelor of Architecture (Hon.) (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Planning and Design (University of Melbourne)
Dr Brydon Wang is an author, lawyer and scholar researching at the confluence of law, technology and design governance of the city. He is the Academic Lead of Engagement for QUT School of Law. Brydon is passionate about how we can increase trustworthiness in decision-making around the design and deployment of technology in our cities. He focuses on benevolent data structures and how our cities can be made smarter and more resilient to climate change. Brydon is dually qualified in law and architecture and practised as a technology and construction lawyer with global top-tier law firm Allens Linklaters. He also has a previous career in architecture and contract administration on award-winning construction projects, with twenty years in the construction industry.
Brydon was recently lead editor of the book, Automating Cities: Design, Construction, Operation and Future Impact (Springer, 2021) and co-edited Large Floating Structures, a book exploring environmentally-sustainable technologies that allow cities to expand onto adjacent water bodies. He's featured on ABC Radio National's Future Tense discussing offshore architecture and marine urban sprawl, and on Seeker's popular documentary, How close are we to Living in the Ocean? Brydon teaches privacy law, data ethics, how we regulate the Internet and online defamation. While at the UQ, Brydon also taught Responsible Data Science into the Master of Data Science course. His PhD thesis was on the 'Role of Trustworthiness in Automated Decision-making Systems and the Law' and he received the Faculty of Business and Law Executive Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis for 2022.
As an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, Brydon was instrumental in developing the strategy & submission for Allens for the Australian Workplace Equality Index for 2015 and 2016, when Allens emerged as the top law firm in Workplace Equality. He advocates for better access to parental leave and affordable early childhood education. Brydon was part of the 2022 roundtable discussion with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and MP Amanda Rishworth, which led to some of the most significant changes to parental leave. Brydon has close to a decade of experience on not-for-profit boards and was on the National Executive Committee of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. He was the recipient of the 2022 UQ Faculty Award for Excellence for Citizenship - Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and national finalist in the 2014 Australian Law Awards.