Dr. Nicola Searle is an EPSRC Digital Economy Fellow and Senior Lecturer at ICCE. An economist who specialises in the economics of intellectual property and the creative industries, Nicola joined ICCE in 2015. Dr. Searle is a member of the RCUK Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board, a member of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) Research Experts Advisory Group and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Management, University of St Andrews.
- PhD in Economics, University of St Andrews 2010
- MSc in International Strategy and Economics, University of St Andrews 2006
- BSFS in International Economics, Georgetown University (U.S.A.) 2000
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Dr. Searle’s primary area of interest is the economics of Intellectual Property, with focuses on the Digital Economy and the Creative Industries. In this, she researches the economics of trade secrets and economic espionage, and business models, IP & digital media
Since 2017, Dr. Searle holds an EPSRC Digital Economy Fellowship (grant EP/P005039/1.) Her fellowship, entitled “Economic Espionage and Cybercrime: Evidence and Strategy,” looks at the increasing importance of trade secrets in the digital world, and the emerging threats of the theft of trade secrets and economic espionage through cybercrime. Over four years, Nicola and her team will be developing and analysing a database of trade secrets thefts and economic espionage to provide insights into the use of trade secrets, their role in the economy and the cyber security implications.
Dr. Searle was an economist at the IPO from 2013 to 2015, where she covered the economic analysis of trademarks, designs, 3D printing, and aspects of copyright. Prior to her role at the IPO, Nicola was the lead Associate on the Moving Targets project at the School of Arts, Media & Computer Games at Abertay University from 2010-2012. Moving Targets, supported by the Scottish Funding Council, with Edinburgh College of Art and the Universities of Edinburgh and Abertay, focused on new models for digital media. Nicola also served as Academic Supervisor for two Knowledge Transfer Projects (KTP) with the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC, St Andrews) and Creative Scotland on the film industry and use of IP by Scottish creative businesses. Dr. Searle was a member of the IP blog, the IPKat, for five year. In 2010-2011, Nicola was an AHRC/ESRC placement fellow at the IPO where she designed and ran a research project on Changing Business Models in the Creative Industries.
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