Luise Eder

Researcher, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP)


Luise Eder is a researcher at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Her research focuses on the role of public and private actors in governing technologies such as AI and social media. She is particularly interested in the impact of transnational actors in the Global South, for example, through development initiatives or advocacy efforts. Currently, she works on a research project looking into the politics of AI policy-making. The project analyses the evolving landscape of national AI policies in sub-Saharan Africa, the influence of transnational actors on these policies, and the parallels that can be drawn with the 'Brussels effect' of the GDPR and DSA. Beyond that, she is researching the links between internet shutdowns and their perceptions in conflict-affected areas of Ethiopia, inequalities in content moderation on social media platforms, and Western narratives and campaigns of rights-based advocacy campaigns to maintain internet access.

In addition to her research, she co-organises the 2024 Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, which brings together policymakers, students, academics, NGOs and others to explore issues at the heart of technology law and policy, including AI for development and human rights, its growing use in crisis anticipation, the role of technology in conflict, and the regulation of emerging technologies, including AI and social media.

She has previously worked on the ECR-funded project ConflictNet and other research projects, including the Death Penalty Research Unit at the Centre for Criminology. Luise holds a law degree with a specialisation in European, international and human rights law from the Free University of Berlin, an MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Outside of research, she has worked as a content editor for the Oxford Middle East Review and as a podcast host for the Oxford Anthropology Podcast. Before coming to Oxford, Luise worked as a research consultant at the human rights NGO ALEF in Beirut, where she supported the team in monitoring and archiving human rights violations in Lebanon.