Dr Kristofer Erickson

Dr Kristofer Erickson


I joined the University of Leeds as Associate Professor of Media and Communication in 2017.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I held a Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Research Fellowship in Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, where I was part of the RCUK-funded CREATe center.

I hold a PhD from the University of Washington, awarded in 2009. I was Lecturer in Media Policy at Bournemouth University from 2010-2013.



  • Research Funding Lead, 2018/19

Research interests

My research interests include copyright and the creative industries, user-led innovation and digital policy. An ESRC-funded project, Valuing the Public Domain, studied the uptake and circulation of expressions not in copyright. I was one of the Principal Investigators from 2015-2018 on ENDoW: Enhancing access to 20th Century Cultural Heritage through Distributed Orphan Works Clearance, a multi-country project to develop a crowdsourcing solution for copyright clearance in cultural institutions. My current research involves estimating the economic value of free and voluntary contributions to projects such as the Wikimedia Commons.

Member of the editorial team of Internet Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal on Internet Regulation published in collaboration with Humboldt University Berlin and CNRS France.

Fellow, RCUK Center for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).

Co-founder and Managing Editor (2017-2018) Copyright Evidence Wiki, a peer-produced repository of empirical evidence about the economic and social impact of copyright.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD University of Washington
  • MA Queen's University
  • BA University of Burgundy

Student education

I lead undergraduate modules on Research Methods, Internet Policy, and Creative Industries.

I contribute to the MA Digital Practice as lecturer / workshop leader / project supervisor.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>