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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Empirical research and evidence-based policy represent a crucial partnership in the fields of social sciences, public policy, and decision-making. Empirical research is a systematic approach to inquiry that relies on empirical evidence—observable and measurable data—to answer questions, test hypotheses, and draw conclusions.

Evidence-based policy involves using empirical research findings to inform and shape public policies and decision-making processes. It emphasizes the use of the best available scientific evidence to design, implement, and evaluate policies, with the goal of improving outcomes, enhancing efficiency, and achieving desired social or public health objectives.

The synergy between empirical research and evidence-based policy is essential for creating informed, effective, and data-driven policies.

Illustrative examples of empirical research by LML experts include:

M Aboy., Druedahl, L. C., & Minssen, T. ‘Evidence-based IP research. In Research Handbook on Empirical Studies in Intellectual Property Law’ (2023) (pp. 120-136). Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781802206210.00013

M Jordan, J Liddicoat and K Liddell, “An empirical study of large, human bioresources: intellectual property policies and financial conditions for access” (2021) 8(1) Journal of Law and the Biosciences lsab018.


Current LML Experts:

Professor Mateo Aboy

Dr Cristina Crespo

Matt Jordan

Professor Kathy Liddell

Dr John Liddicoat

Professor Timo Minssen