Research Fellows

Research Fellows

Research fellows

Appointment as a Centre for Legal Innovation Research Fellow is open to anyone who has a proven research record or requires seed funding to advance a specialism/expertise that intersects law and innovation (for example College staff, lawyers, other professionals and consultants). The Research Fellows are the research and development team for the Centre and for College of Law programs and other offerings.

Research funding for Research Fellows is made available in one of two ways:

  1. Submission of an Expression of Interest for College of Law seed funding to investigate or undertake further relevant research for no longer than one year. Applicants must be College of Law employees.

  2. Submission of an Expression of Interest to apply for an external research grant to undertake further relevant research in partnership with the College and one or more of its researchers. The Centre will provide support to identify potential sources for grants and the writing/editing of the grant application via the services of a professional grant writer.


CLI appointed its first Research Fellow in May 2018: Nicola Atkinson. Prior to her appointment, Nicola worked as the Global Co-Head of Expertise for international law firm Ashurst (Sydney). Nicola's research will focus on the intersection between legal expertise and AI and the impact this will have on the way lawyers will be educated in the future. In undertaking this research, Nicola will no doubt draw extensively on her work as an experienced learning and development professional and on her expertise in change management. We look forward to Nicola’s research making a significant contribution to the scholarship and discourse in these areas, to the work of the Centre, and for the practising professions.



For more information about the Research Fellowship Program or to register an Expression of Interest, please contact the Centre's Director, Terri Mottershead.