Dr Erin Ferguson

Dr Erin Ferguson
Dr Erin Ferguson
Dr Erin Ferguson



Accepting PhDs

Email Address
School of Law


Dr Erin Ferguson is a socio-legal researcher broadly interested in questions concerning the role of the state in providing public services and in addressing socio-economic inequality. As such, her research and teaching interests span a range of topics, including privatisation, freedom of information, freedom of assembly, climate change litigation, environmental constitutionalism, and labour rights. Her current research examines the impact of privatisation on access to environmental information in the United Kingdom.

Since joining the School of Law in October 2021, Erin has taught on a range of public law and socio-legal modules. She has also designed and is currently responsible for leading a new Honours course: Legal Storytelling, which aims to critically examine how legal stories are created, upheld, and challenged by counterstories. Erin's teaching interests and pedagogical approach have been influenced by her academic background in sociology and law, as well as her professional background in libraries and information management.

Erin currently serves as the interim co-director of the Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law, and she is one of the founding members of the Anti-SLAPP Research Hub.

Erin holds a PhD in Law and an LLM (Distinction) in International Law and Sustainable Development, both from the University of Strathclyde. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Smith College in the United States. Prior to entering academia, Erin qualified as a librarian and practised for ten years in a variety of sectors, including secondary and higher education, local government, and central government.


  • PhD Law 
    2020 - University of Strathclyde 
  • LLM International Law and Sustainable Development 
    2013 - University of Strathclyde 
  • MSc Information and Library Studies 
    2008 - University of Strathclyde 
  • AB Sociology (major) and History (minor) 
    2004 - Smith College (United States) 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Senior Personal Tutor, School of Law

Programme Coordinator, LLB Law with English Law (LWEL)

Associate Director, Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law

Anti-SLAPP Research Hub


Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL)

Scientific Committee, HETL Conference 2023


External Memberships

External Examiner, University of Abertay

Guest Lecturer, University of Buckingham

Advisory Council, Open Rights Group

Editorial Board, Exploring Sustainability and the Effectiveness of Its Legal Contours

Fellow, Advance HE

Prizes and Awards

Campbell Burns PhD Scholarship, University of Strathclyde


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Public Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.