Dr Janet Hope

BSc (Hons I), LLB (Hons I), Grad. Dip. Legal Practice (Merit), PhD (Law, ANU)
Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific (on maternity leave 2011)
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law 180111
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • History And Philosophy Of Law And Justice 220204
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Intellectual Property Law 180115
  • Innovation And Technology Management 150307
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy 160511

Research interests

The dominant theme of my research is the governance of knowledge as it relates to development. My major contribution to this field has been to articulate a generic model of open source collaboration for use as a template for the development and deployment of new technologies in the global public interest.

In 2008, Harvard University Press chose to publish my book, BioBazaar: The Open Source Revolution and Biotechnology, as a trade hardback on the strength of its accessibility and general interest. Reviewers have described the book as having “significant vision” and being “well researched”, “important”, “innovative”, on a topic of “immense social significance”, “worthwhile reading” and “clearly and engagingly written in a very thoughtful style”.

In the course of my post-doctoral research I have established an international reputation, evidenced by numerous invited speaking engagements, as a leading expert on the theory and practice of open source-style (“bazaar”) production in the biological arena. Future projects (currently under review for external funding) will extend this work into new subject areas and conntect the theory of bazaar production with broader theoretical developments in the multi-disciplinary field of knowledge studies.


After completing combined undergraduate degrees in science and law, I worked for several years as a legal practitioner, developing high level generic skills in conflict resolution (negotiation and mediation) and oral and written communication (complex written advice work, group facilitation, presentation, interview techniques and advocacy). As a PhD student I received formal specialist training in a range of qualitative social science research methods and conducted extensive interview-based fieldwork.

Since the award of my PhD in July 2005, I have built on a solid disciplinary foundation in law to incorporate a range of theoretical perspectives drawn from other social science disciplines including innovation management and organisation science, economics, sociology, philosophy and politics.

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

2004 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (DP0557608, $353,743) (with D. Nicol and J. Braithwaite)
2003 Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia PhD fieldwork grant ($7000)
2002 APN Media Dialogica Award for Excellence in Scholarly Communication ($5000)
2001 Australian Postgraduate Award
1996 Blackburn Medal for Research in Law, Australian National University
1994 Australian Society for Parasitology Honours Scholarship
1990 National Undergraduate Scholarship, Australian National University
1989 New South Wales Premier’s Medal for Excellence in the Higher School Certificate


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