Beatriz Kira is a Research Fellow in Law & Regulation at University College London (UCL). Her research focuses on the legal and policy frameworks to supervise the economic power of technology companies and on the regulation of content moderation on social media.

Beatriz is a lawyer and a social scientist by training, holding a PhD in Economic Law and Political Economy from the University of São Paulo, and an MSc in Social Sciences of the Internet from the University of Oxford.

Beatriz is a Research Affiliate of the Law and Public Policy research group at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo, and is enrolled with the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). She has previously acted as a consultant for the Brazilian Competition Authority (CADE), and conducted research for several academic institutions, including the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the Brazilian Network of Empirical Legal Studies (REED), and the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA).

During her period as a Visiting Scholar at the School, Beatriz will work with the Global Economic Governance Programme and the Lemann Foundation Programme.


Peer-reviewed articles

Kira, B., Sinha, V. and Srinivasan, S. (forthcoming). “Regulating digital ecosystems: bridging the gap between competition policy and data protection.” Industrial and Corporate Change. DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtab053.

Kira, B., Coutinho, D. R. (2021) Adjusting the lens: new theories of harm for digital platforms. Revista de Defesa da Concorrência, 9(1). DOI: 10.52896/rdc.v9i1.734.

Hale, T., Angrist, N., Goldszmidt, R. et al. (2021). “A global panel database of pandemic policies (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker).” Nat Hum Behav 5, 529–538. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-021-01079-8.

Hale, T., Angrist, N., Hale, A. et al. (2021). “Government responses and COVID-19 deaths: global evidence across multiple pandemic waves.” PLoS ONE 16(7): e0253116. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253116.

Gonçalves, P. B., Coutinho, D. R., Kira, B. (2020). “Virus and screens: the economic law of digital platforms in the COVID-19 pandemic.” Revista Direito e Praxis, ahead of print. DOI: 10.1590/2179-8966/2020/51741.

Kira, B. (2020). “Governing a globalised digital economy: how to make technology policy and regulation work for developing countries.” Global Policy.

Antonialli, D., Kira, B. (2020). “The future of urban planning is in data from the present: the protection of privacy in the context of smart cities.” Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais, 22(1). DOI: 10.22296/2317-1529.rbeur.202003.

Zanatta, R., Kira, B. (2018). “Regulation of Uber in Sao Paulo: from conflict to regulatory experimentation.” International Journal of Private Law, 8(4). DOI: 10.1504/IJPL.2018.097332

Coutinho, D. R., Kira, B., Lessa, M. R., and Castro, H. A. (2017). “Participatory democracy and law-making in contemporary Brazil.” The Theory and Practice of Legislation, 5(3). DOI: 10.1080/20508840.2017.1407073.


Reports and working papers

Jones, E., Kira, B., Garrido, D., Sands, A. (2021). “The UK and digital trade: which way forward?” Blavatnik School of Government Working Paper. DOI: 10.35489/BSG-WP-2021/038.

Phillips, T., Kira, B., et al. (2020). “Digital technology governance: developing countries’ priorities and concerns.” Digital Pathways Paper Series.

Machado, C., Kira, B. et al. (2019). “A study of misinformation in WhatsApp groups with a focus on the Brazilian presidential elections.” WWW '19: Companion Proceedings of The 2019 World Wide Web Conference. DOI: 10.1145/3308560.3316738.