Information and data law and policy; media and communications law, regulation and practice; socio-legal and media studies.
Dr Judith Townend is lecturer in media and information law at the University of Sussex and associate research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). Previously she was director of the Information Law and Policy Centre (@infolawcentre) at the IALS, and before that, a lecturer in City University London’s department of journalism, and research associate at University of Westminster on an AHRC-funded project looking at media plurality and ownership.
Her doctoral research, based at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) at City University London, examined defamation and privacy law and its relationship with journalistic practice in England and Wales.
She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary interrogation of information and communication law and policy, using socio-legal methods and approaches from the social sciences and humanities to understand legal developments.
Her research covers a range of legal and social topics connected by a common theme of public access to information: the policy and law that governs and facilitates access; the role of organisations and individuals that facilitate access; and the implications of different types of access for democracy and civic participation in society.
She has contributed to a range of specialist media publications, and can be found on Twitter, @jtownend.
Please see her profile at the University of Sussex for details of her current work.