Rosa Maria Ballardini (LL.M, PhD, title of Docent) is a professor of intellectual property law and vice dean (research) at the University of Lapland/Faculty of Law. Since 2005 she has researched and taught in the field of intellectual property (IP) law at various universities. Rosa’s research interests focus on the interface between law, technology and sustainability as well as ethics and empathy. She has led several inter-disciplinary research projects and written extensively on this intersection, especially in relation to patent and copyright law, open innovation and open source, as well as IP strategies and IP management in various technological contexts (e.g. software, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, industrial internet and digital cultural heritage). Her research approach is multidisciplinary, combining law, technology, business and policy via using different types of methodologies (e.g. traditional legal research methods, empirical methods and design thinking in legal studies). Rosa is also active in society, holding positions trust in several organizations related to intellectual property (e.g. Member of the Board of the Finnish Copyright Council, Chair of the Board of the IPR University Center).