Kris Erickson holds a PhD in Political Geography from the University of Washington. Before joining the University of Glasgow, he was Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University Media School from 2010 to 2013. He was appointed Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in September 2013. His research is concerned with the intellectual property implications of amateur online content production. He was lead investigator on a 2012 study, funded by the IPO, to examine the impact of online music video parody on the economic interests of original artists. In 2013-2014 Kris was co-investigator on an ESRC/IPO funded project to study the creative exploitation of works in the public domain.
The main focus of Kristofer's current work is the status of amateur media production in intellectual property law. This work draws on concepts such as transmedia, participatory culture, user-generated content and the social factory. Kristofer has additional academic interest in online communities more broadly and in particular, organised responses to the surveillance society.