Research Associates

Professor Andrew Christie
Professor Andrew Christie was appointed as the first Davies Collison Cave Professor of Intellectual Property in 2002. From March 2002 to June 2008 he was the founding Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), a national centre for multi-disciplinary research on the law, economics and management of intellectual property. IPRIA is based at the University of Melbourne, and is a joint enterprise of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, and the Melbourne Business School. Professor Christie is admitted to legal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, and worked for many years in the intellectual property departments of law firms in Melbourne and London. He has particular expertise in the application of copyright, patent and trade mark law to the digital environment, and in patent protection for biotechnological innovations. He is a former member of the Copyright Law Review Committee appointed by the federal Attorney-General, and is a current member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property appointed by the federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources. In July 2005 Professor Christie was identified by the leading international magazine Managing IP as one of the world's 50 most influential people in intellectual property.

Professor Iain M. Cockburn
Professor Iain M. Cockburn
is Professor of Finance and Economics and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar in the School of Management at Boston University, where he teaches and performs research in the areas of business strategy, intellectual property, economics of innovation, and management of high technology companies. Professor Cockburn graduated from the University of London in 1984, and completed his PhD in economics at Harvard University in 1990. Prior to coming to BU, he was the Van Dusen Professor of Business Administration in the Faculty of Commerce the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a former Associate Editor of Management Science and Coeditor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Dr Catherine de Fontenay
Dr Catherine de Fontenay
is an academic economist who has researched and taught in institutions across Australia. Prior to joining MBS, Catherine held positions at the University of New South Wales and the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at ANU. Her teaching and program directing expertise is extensive, and her subjects include economic development, managerial economics, game theory and business strategy, markets in developing countries, and industrial organisation. Catherine's work has been published in a range of international journals. Her research interests include development economics, industrial organisation, theory of contracts and organisations, and comparative institutional analysis. Her most recent project examined spiralling crime rates in developing countries, and assessed the resultant costs to business.

Associate Professor Nisvan Erkal
Nisvan Erkal is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne, and a Research Associate of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA). She joined the University of Melbourne in January 2003 after finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. In 2007 and 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Nisvan’s research interests are in the areas of industrial organization and experimental economics. In industrial organization, her research mainly focuses on the law and economics of innovation, and competition policy. In the area of experimental economics, she has designed experiments to understand social issues such as attitudes towards corruption, cultural integration, and charitable giving. Her research has been published widely in leading international journals such as Science, American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and Experimental Economics. The research outcomes have been covered by the New York Times, BBC, Time Magazine, The Scientist, The Independent, and other media sources around the world. Nisvan is on the Executive Committee of Intertic, an international Think-Tank on Innovation and Competition, and is a member of the Asia-Pacific Innovation Network.

Professor Joshua Gans
Professor Joshua Gans
is an industrial economist whi has conducted research on innovation, licensing and the organisation of innovative activity. He is currently a Professor of Strategic Management holding the Jeffrey C. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has worked extensively on IP issues in both Australia and the US, including the role of technology and IP protection in economic growth, IP issues associated with academic publishing, and choices associated with the commercialisation of ideas.

Professor Christine Greenhalgh
Professor Christine Greenhalgh is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics, Oxford University, and has been the Economics Research Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre since 1995 (website www.oiprc.ox.ac.uk). Professor Greenhalgh undertakes research in the field of the economics of innovation, intellectual property (IP) and technological change. For several years she was involved in documenting the extent of patents and trademarks held by large UK production firms and estimating the value of this intellectual property. Another study focused on trademarks with an emphasis on service sector firms, which have been neglected in the existing literature despite their major importance in economic output and employment. She has recently published a book with her colleague Mark Rogers of Harris Manchester College, with Princeton University Press: Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Economic Growth.

Associate Professor David Hsu
Associate Professor David Hsu
is the Richard A. Sapp Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Stanford University with undergraduate majors in economics and political science. After a few years working in industry, he received his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, followed by his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hsu’s research interests are in entrepreneurial innovation and management. Within that domain, he has investigated topics such as intellectual property management, start-up innovation, technology commercialization strategy, and venture capital. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Finance, Management Science, RAND Journal of Economics, and Research Policy.

Professor Andrew Kenyon
Professor Andrew Kenyon
is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law. He researches in comparative media and communications law, including defamation, privacy, copyright, journalism and media policy. As well as legal doctrine, this research examines social and cultural aspects of law. He is an editor of the international refereed journal, the Media & Arts Law Review, a Network Participant in the Australian Research Council Cultural Research Network, and past president of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. He has law degrees from the universities of Melbourne and London, is admitted to practise law in Victoria, and his memberships include the International Communications Association, the European Communication Research and Education Association, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.


Associate Professor Owen Morgan
Associate Professor Owen Morgan
is a leading New Zealand IP academic who teaches in The University of Auckland of Auckland Business School where he is also a Research Associate of the Mira Szaszy Research Centre for Maori and Pacific Economic Development. In recent years, Associate Professor Morgan has concentrated on policy issues and he has made numerous submissions to Select Committees and in response to policy documents particularly on copyright and related rights. His current research interests include intellectual property issues as they relate to indigenous peoples; interdisciplinary research on innovation; and interdisciplinary research on call centres particularly relating to privacy and the protection of confidential information.

Professor Sam Ricketson
Professor Sam Ricketson,is a world authority on intellectual property law. He is author of The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works: 1886 - 1986, A work that established him categorically on the international stage. He has held various academic appointments at the University of Melbourne from 1975 - 1991 and was appointed Sir Keith Aickin Professor of Commercial Law at Monash University in 1991. He has also held various professional as well as governmental appointments in the intellectual property area, including membership of the Commonwealth Copyright Tribunal. He is currently a panel member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation's dispute resolution body in relation to domain names and is a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission. He also practises part-time at the Victorian Bar.

Professor Danny Samson
Professor Danny Samson
is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Marketing at the Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Centre for Manufacturing Management.

Dr Rhonda Smith
Dr Rhonda Smith
is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne. In addition she provides consulting services mainly in relation to trade practices issues. Between 1995-1998 while on leave from the University of Melbourne, she was a full-time Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Between June 1999 and December 1999 she was an Associate Commissioner. Rhonda is also a member of the Federal Government's Copyright Law Reform Committee and a lay member of the High Court of New Zealand.

Assistant Professor Deepak Somaya
Assistant Professor Deepak Somaya is an Assistant Professor at the College of Business at the University of illinois. His research interests span high technology strategy, intellectual property strategy, enterpreunership, and the economics of innovation. In his recent and ongoing work, Somaya has studied the drivers and impact of strategies to acquire and enforce intellectual property in various industries and contexts. He has also researched international patent protection, and the linkages between innovation and intellectual property in complex multi-invention-product industries. Somaya's primary teaching interests are in managerial economics, international business and technology strategy.

Professor Scott Stern
Professor Scott Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the co-organizer of the NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy Working Group and a Senior Fellow of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth. Professor Stern explores how innovation — the production and distribution of "ideas" — differs from more traditional economic goods, and the implications of these differences for business and public policy. Often focusing on life sciences industries, this research is at the intersection between industrial organization and the economics of technical change. Recent studies examine the drivers of commercialization strategy for technology entrepreneurs, the determinants of R&D productivity, and the role of incentives and organizational design on the process of innovation.

Associate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall
Kimberlee Weatherall is an Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School. Prior to joining the School in 2012, Kimberlee held positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. Kimberlee teaches and researches in intellectual property law, with a particular interest in digital copyright, the relationship between international trade and intellectual property, and the systems for administration and enforcement of intellectual property rights. She has published in a range of Australian and international journals, has been invited to speak in the US, Japan, Taiwan, China, the UK, Europe, Singapore and New Zealand, and has given expert evidence to Parliamentary and law reform committees. She has been a member of the Law Council of Australia IP Subcommittee since 2006.

Professor Anne Wyatt
Anne Wyatt is a Professor of Financial Accounting at the University of Queensland. She has made a significant impact and contribution to date to the field of accounting research through a number of avenues including academic honours and research awards including a University Medal. Anne is an internationally recognised scholar in financial accounting research, with a specific focus on accounting and valuation issues relating to investment and the influence of technological innovation conditions within industries. She publishes in international top tier journals as well as a range of specialist journals relating to the accounting and finance disciplines. Anne acts as a referee for many leading academic accounting and professional journals, sits on editorial boards, and is a member of the Australian Finance and Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, American Accounting Association, and the European Accounting Association. Reflecting her academic standing and technical expertise, Anne is a past member of the National Education Board of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and past Chair of the National Financial Reporting Module Committee for the Chartered Accountants Program. Anne has a number of current interest relating to how financial analysts forecast earnings, performance hurdles in executive compensation contracts, the use of stock options around the time of initial public offerings, whether and how the structure and performance of the board of directors is associated with the firm’s risk and performance, and whether real economic actions taken by managers impact reported earnings and the propensity for analysts to follow the firm.


Associate Professor Jongsay Yong
Associate Professor Jongsay Yong is a Principal Research Fellow in the Applied Microeconomic Section of the Melbourne Institute. He joined the Melbourne Institute in 2002, after spending eight years as lecturer and later senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore. His research interests centre on theoretical and empirical issues in industrial economics and health economics. He is experienced in building and analysing theoretical models for empirical and policy analysis. In recent years he has expanded his research into data-intensive work with a particular focus on health economics and firm productivity. His current work includes a project on measuring hospital performance and quality, and another on investigating productivity of new firms and existing firms using firm-level data. Both projects are funded by the Australian Research Council under the Linkage Grant scheme.