Matthew Jewell

'Dissent in the smart city: Contesting cyber-physical architectures'

LL.B. (Hons), LL.M. (Research)

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  • Principal Supervisor: Professor Burkhard Schafer
  • Assistant Supervisor: Ms Judith Rauhofer


Research & background

My research explores the contestability of smart environments (e.g. algorithmic governance in the “smart city”), with a focus on how practices of dissent change amid hybrid cyber-physical architecture of the future city and the extent to which legal frameworks accomodate this. 

I am broadly interested in topics around socio-legal, critical approaches to problems emergent at the intersection of law, society and technology. 

My academic background is in law (LL.B, LL.M Kent), though I also worked for several years as a backend web developer/systems administrator. The topic of my research masters 'Self-regulation, teenagers and social media use: Inquiry into online behaviour and the influence of digital architecture', explored normative responses to the role and influence of digital architecture in online communities.

Previous experience includes being an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent and an appointed member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMYOI Cookham Wood. I currently tutor on both Information Technology Law and Law of Robotics courses as part of the eLLM in Information Technology Law degree programme.

Twitter: @matthew_jewell 

  • Critical Legal Thinking. LLBUniversity of Edinburgh2017 –
  • Law of Robotics. eLLM. University of Edinburgh. 2016 –
  • Information Technology Law. eLLM. University of Edinburgh. 2016 –
  • LW315: Introduction to Obligations (Contract & Tort). University of Kent. 2012 — 2013
  • 2013: LL.M. (Research), The University of Kent. Thesis titled Self-regulation, teenagers and social media use: Inquiry into online behaviour and the influence of digital architecture.
  • 2012: LL.B. (Hons), The University fo Kent.