Generally, Kayleen's research interests lie in sociotechnical change and the legal implications for business and consumers, particularly in the area of information technology. Most recently, she has developed extensive expertise in the consumer protection implications of sociotechnical change arising out of the Internet of Things and associated technologies.
She also teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property, consumer protection, corporations law and contract law.
Field of Research (FoR)
Kayleen's research interests lie in sociotechnical change and its legal implications, particularly relating to the law of contract, consumer protection and competition law, intellectual property law and corporations law. She has previously published work on the Internet of Things, ubiquitous/pervasive computing, cyber security, ambient intelligence, consumer protection, online contracting, directors' duties, network neutrality, copyright and...view more
Kayleen's research interests lie in sociotechnical change and its legal implications, particularly relating to the law of contract, consumer protection and competition law, intellectual property law and corporations law. She has previously published work on the Internet of Things, ubiquitous/pervasive computing, cyber security, ambient intelligence, consumer protection, online contracting, directors' duties, network neutrality, copyright and digital technologies, privacy, spam and communications law. Her work has been cited by the Organisation for Economic Development, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the NSW Law Reform Commission, the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Austrian (EU) Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Consumer Policy Research Centre and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).
Current research projects include investigation of:
* an investigation of the efficacy of accountability mechanisms for existing machines with autonomous decision-making capabilities
* corporate responsibility for poor cyber security practice, particularly in relation to the Internet of Things and associated technologies;
* an examination of the interplay of privacy, unfair contract terms and unconscionable conduct as it relates to data governance.
She teaches corporations and business associations law and intellectual property law. Prior to becoming an academic, she spent many years working as a commercial lawyer and in law firm knowledge management, in Sydney and London. Her work in practice primarily focussed on technology acquisition and licensing, intellectual property, and communications.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia/New Zealand Chapter Inc (iappANZ) Privacy Legacy Grant 2019 I am a co-investigator on this research project entitled '(mis)Informed Consent: Privacy, Unfair Contract and Unconscionable Conduct' ($30,000) with Rob Nicholls and Katharine Kemp
- UNSW Business School Special Research Grant 2019 I am the Chief Investigator on an SRG entitled ‘Autonomous ‘Intellectics’ and Accountability ($10,000)
- UNSW Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation Summer Research Grant 2019 Chief Investigator for a research project entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Cyber Security in Cyber-Physical Systems’ ($5000)
- UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2019 Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘To what extent can existing consumer protection laws protect consumers against cybersecurity threats inherent in emerging technologies?’ ($5000)
- UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2016 Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘Network neutrality in the age of the Internet of Things’ ($4400)
- UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2016 Joint Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘A duty to secure? Cyber security breaches, directors’ duties and shareholder actions’ ($4400)
PhD (UNSW), Masters of Law (Media, Communications and Information Technology) (UNSW)
Grad Dip Communications, Grad Dip Legal Studies (UTS)
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) (Sydney)
- Winner, Google Prize (best postgraduate paper), BILETA Conference, 10-11 April 2018, Aberdeen
- UNSW Business Staff Excellence Awards 2018: Research Achievement - School of Taxation and Business Law
- Best PhD Project, International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data (Doctoral Consortium), April 2016, Rome
- UNSW Graduate Research School: 1 of 3 PhD candidates across UNSW granted fully paid participation in Universitas21 conference on ‘Our Digital Future’ in Shanghai, China, 2015
- Deans List for Best Performance in subject: E-commerce Law
- Deans List for Best Performance in subject: Law & the Culture Industries
My Research Activities
Kayleen is currently working on a number of research projects relating to the legal implications of sociotechnical change:
* (mis)Informed consent: privacy, unconscionable conduct and unfair contract terms (funded by an iapp ANZ Legacy Grant, working with Associate Professor Rob Nicholls and Dr Katharine Kemp)
* Cyber security, consumer guarantees, the Internet of Things and related technologies
* Intellectics and accountability
* Cyber security and corporate social responsibility
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Law and technology, including contract, intellectual property, consumer law, corporations law.