Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), University of Sydney 1994. Dissertation Title: Don't Fence Me In. The Many Histories of Copyright.
BA LLB Macquarie University 1988; Admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW, 1989.
Dr Kathy Bowrey is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney. She is a legal historian and socio-legal researcher whose research explores laws and practices that inform knowledge creation and the production, distribution and reception of technology and culture. Her primary expertise relates to intellectual property, information technology regulation, regulatory theory, media practice, business history, feminist scholarship and a concern for Indigenous rights. She has a strong interest in higher education research policy and research management. She has acted as a Consultant to the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) concerning research assessment exercises in law. She was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2018-2020).
Professor Bowrey is a foundation member of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property established in 2008 and and she became the Co-Director in 2019. This organisation sprang from international interest across law, humanities and the sciences to foster intellectual property research and better communication across national and disciplinary boundaries. She is a Visiting Scholar at the State Library of New South Wales (2021) and a Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia.
2019 - 2022 Prof Kathy Bowrey; Prof Kimberlee Weatherall; Dr Kylie Pappalardo; Prof Irene Watson; Prof Jill McKeough; Em/Prof Thomas Cochrane, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP200101578 Producing, managing and owning knowledge in the 21st century university
2014 - 2016 Prof Kathy Bowrey, Dr Catherine Bond, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP140100172, Australian Made: A History of Australian Copyright Law and Creator Success 1868-1968
2009 - 2011 Prof Kathy Bowrey, Mr Michael Handler, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP 0985948, Entertainment Rights in the Age of the Franchise: A reappraisal of personality rights under Australian Intellectual Property Laws
Herchel Smith Visitor, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law/Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 2016.
Research Visitor, Faculty of Law, Kent University, 2015.
Professor Bowrey is the author of two new monographs.
Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value. Incorporating the Author (Routledge 2021) address big questions about how copyright generated income and how distributions of profits were allocated in the publishing, film and music industries across the 20th century. Authors and artists discussed include Hugh Conway, Fergus Hume, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hall Caine, Dame Nellie Melba, Margaret Atwood, Radiohead and Banksy. The commentary includes discussion of the creation of new formats, the interplay between old media and new technologies, the rise of Hollywood and the implications for playwrights, international copyright reform and cross-industry relations.
Adventures in Childhood. Intellectual Property, Imagination and The Business of Play, co-authored with Dr Jose Bellido, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), traces the commercial empires that have grown up around Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, Meccano, Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Eagle Magazine, Davy Crockett, Mr Men, Dr Who, The Magic Roundabout and the Wombles, amongst many others. We consider law as a creative force, an enabler of business, showing how playful conduct came to be overlaid with reference to authorised and unauthorised activity and rights were imagined and reimagined to create the most distinctive features of intellectual property: merchandising and licensing.
Her current research projects include: