Research Assistant in Content Regulation of Online Platforms

Leeds, United Kingdom
£27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
28 May 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in online platforms, digital rights, and online policy? Do you want to work on a project that brings together one of the largest online platforms and one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

You will work with Dr Konstantinos Stylianou, Associate Professor of Competition Law and Regulation, and Dr Nicolo Zingales, Professor of Information Law and Regulation at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, to support, develop and collaborate on their Facebook-funded research project, ‘The Co-Evolution of Facebook’s Content Policies and International Instruments on Freedom of Expression’.

This project tracks the parallel evolution of Facebook’s content policies and community standards alongside that of international legal instruments on freedom of expression. The goal is to map not only how Facebook has expanded and adapted over time its content policies to the diverse requirements of the regions it is active in around the world, but also how the international legal standards (including both soft and hard law) have themselves changed over time.

The project starts from the observation that the priorities around effective content rules and norms are constantly evolving and shifting to new areas of concern and controversy. From terrorism, to misinformation, to gender equality and hate speech, optimizing a platform’s content policies to deal simultaneously with very different types of speech and expression is challenging, particularly when the standards and expectations are themselves changing. The project aims to provide a historical perspective through the building of an (empirical) database of Facebook’s changes in its content policies through time, taking into account the multiple facets of freedom of expression, and to analyse those changes to identify areas that can be improved.

With a relevant degree and research experience, you will support existing research as well as conduct new research and develop new research skills. You will possess excellent analytical and writing skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to set deadlines. The ability to work alone or as part of a team are essential, along with strong organisational skills.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Konstantinos Stylianou, Associate Professor in Competition Law and Regulation

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9806, email: 

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Social Sciences
School/Institute: School of Law
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. The salary spine point is subject to external funding conditions, which will limit the salary at which an appointment can be made to a maximum of £30,046 p.a.
Working Time: 100%
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 5 months due to funding)
Closing Date: Friday 26 June 2020
Reference: ESLLW1141
Downloads: Candidate Brief