Dr Kim Barker lectures in the areas of intellectual property, internet law and commercial law.
Before joining Stirling Law School, Dr Barker taught at the University of Wolverhampton, and acted as course leader for a number of programmes delivered at the University of Wolverhampton's Mauritius Branch Campus. She has a range of experience of delivering non-standard modules and degree programmes, and has delivered modules internationally to students in Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Russia. Prior to her role at the University of Wolverhampton, Dr Barker worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham, developing intellectual property, and internet law modules.
Dr Barker has contributed to several BILETA responses to Intellectual Property Office consultations in the area of copyright reform. She holds a PhD in Intellectual Property and Contract Law from Aberystwyth University.
Dr Barker's research falls within the broad area of intellectual property law and internet law. Her intellectual property research interests include non-standard trademarks, copyright and user-generated content. Her internet law research interests focus upon the regulation and control of online multi-user platforms including online games and social media platforms. In particular she is interested in the intersection between user responsibility, platform provider responsibility and legal regulations.
Her current research projects focus on nuanced areas of trademark protection, challenges posed by internet trolling, and gender-based abuses in online environments.
Dr Barker is happy to consider supervision of PhD and Masters / LLM dissertations in the following areas:
intellectual property law
Barker K & Jurasz O (2014) Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: Are Virtual Worlds really that Different?. In: Asimov M, Brown K, Papke D (ed.). Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 79-100.