Dr Susannah Chapman

Research Fellow

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 58861


Dr Susannah Chapman is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Susannah joined the Law School in 2016 as part of a research team working under the leadership of Professor Brad Sherman, ARC Laureate Fellow, on the ARC Laureate project ‘Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security’. Dr Chapman was awarded her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2014. She has previously worked at the University of Georgia, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of The Gambia.

Research Interests

  • Intellectual Property
  • Environmental and economic anthropology
  • Political Ecology
  • Post-colonial studies
  • Science and technology studies

Research Impacts

Dr Chapman is interested in how intellectual property law gets translated into new social contexts and how different social actors make sense of concepts such as innovation, distribution, and rights. She is currently working on a project related to practices of recognition and exchange in early twentieth century peanut breeding networks


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Chapman, Susannah and Brown, Tom (2013). Apples of Their Eyes: Apple Trees and Memory Keepers of the American South. In Virginia Nazarea, Robert Rhoades and Jenna Andrews-Swann (Ed.), Seeds of Resistance/Seeds of Hope: Place and Agency in the Conservation of Biodiversity 1st ed. (pp. 42-64) Arizona USA: University of Arizona Press.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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