Department of Political Science


Dr Beatriz Kira

Beatriz is wearing a bright pink suit and looks towards the camera
Research Fellow in Law & Regulation
 2.03, 36-38 Gordon Square
Email: b.kira@ucl.ac.uk


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law & Regulation, working with the Online Speech Project (OSP) – a new multi-disciplinary initiative on the governance of online content moderation, led by Dr Jeffrey Howard and funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

I am a lawyer and a social scientist by training, holding a PhD in Economic Law and Political Economy from the University of Sao Paulo, and an MSc in Social Sciences of the Internet from the University of Oxford.

I joined UCL’s Department of Political Science as a Research Fellow in September 2022. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where I also taught Law & Public Policy to MPP students.

I also have experience with policymaking, having acted as an expert consultant for the Brazilian competition authority (CADE) and as a research assistant for the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA).


My academic work focuses on the governance of digital technologies, and the regulatory and policy frameworks to supervise the economic power of technology companies, including competition law, trade law, and data protection regulation. As part of the Online Speech Project, I will be conducting research on the regulation of content moderation by social-media platforms.

I have published in various interdisciplinary and legal journals, including Industrial and Corporate Change, Global Policy, Nature Human Behaviour, and The Theory and Practice of Legislation.

Selected Publications

Journal articles
Book chapters
  • Kira, B. (Forthcoming) ‘Platform Design and Recommendation Systems: Implications for Competition, Data Privacy, and Platform Governance’, in M. Ioannidou and D. Mantzari (eds.) Research Handbook on Competition Law and Data Privacy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Coutinho, D. R. and Kira, B. (2021) ‘Competition Policy and Personal Data Protection in Brazil: New Challenges and Continuing Concerns’, in UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform (ed.) Competition and Consumer Protection Policies for Inclusive Development in the Digital Age. Brussels: UNCTAD.
Other articles

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