Argyro Karanasiou


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Dr Karanasiou’ s principal research interests are in regulatory design of emerging technologies, particularly looking at the promotion of autonomy in times of rapid automation within and beyond the digital sphere. Argyro welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing PhD study under her supervision.


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Argyro read for an LLB (Hons) and subsequently for an LLM in Public Policy at the National University of Athens in Greece (magna cum laude), before obtaining a PhD in Information Technology Law at the University of Leeds. She briefly practiced law as a legal advisor to the Technical University of Athens, having qualified a lawyer (Athens Bar – state exam before the Supreme Court and clerked at the Legal Council of State in Greece. Since then, she has embarked on an academic career that spans a wide range of Higher Education Institutions worked at: Since January 2022 she holds a Lectureship in Law and Innovation at the Birmingham Law School, having previously held the position of Associate Professor in Information Technology Law at the University of Greenwich. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Law at Bournemouth University, whilst also holding cross-departmental research affiliations with the Centre for Intellectual Policy Property & Management (research lead for Digital Rights) and with the Data Science Institute.

Research interests

Dr Karanasiou’s research focusses on the relationship between Law and Emerging Technologies and falls within three general lines of work:  1. Data Governance, 2. Legal Tech and law computability, and 3. Regulating mixed interfaces (Human-Computer Interactions). Although distinct, all three lines of work result from recent technological advancements and are closely related to digital humanities (data governance), critical data studies (FAccT in Machine Learning) and human rights, whilst also benefiting from a truly interdisciplinary approach (STEM, Media & Communications, Neuroscience). Her published work is widely cited in leading textbooks (Information Technology Law, OUP 2019), educational material (LSE LL204 Cyberlaw Syllabus, Greek Open University Syllabus), United Nations Cybercrime courses (UNODC’s Education for Justice Module Series 2019), and several MSc/LLM/PhD Theses at the Universities of Delft, Ghent, Utrecht, Tilburg, KU Leuven, and Turku Finland.

Argyro’s research is highly recognised both within her discipline and externally, by the wider academic and policy community. She has often been invited to deliver talks at international prestigious fora, such as the world-leading multidisciplinary CPDP conference (invited twice: by the University of Amsterdam, and by the University of Turin), at the University of Oxford, at the University of Amsterdam, at Boston University, at Stanford University, at Yale Law School, at New York University, at IDC Herzliya in Israel. To support her research, Argyro has successfully bid for funding from both external and internal sources, including funding as the principal investigator for 17 projects over the last 10 years. These projects have involved original research and knowledge exchange/enterprise, whilst often partnering with high profile collaborators and have yielded deliverables of international focus and appeal.

A firm believer in impactful academic interdisciplinary networks, Argyro is currently sitting on the British Academy’s ECRN Advisory Board, contributing to the civic academic WG. In the past she has served at the steering committee for GIGANET (Chair of Communication Committee, 2016), at the editorial advisory board for IGI Global, as a guest editor for the European Journal for Law Computers and Technology,  as expert evaluator for the Swiss National Foundation and for the Newbreed doctoral programme in Sweden,  as a reviewer for eight international journals, and as invited Programme Committee member to three international conferences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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