Conference Papers, Talks, and Press

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Conference Papers and Talks

  • November, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', Radical Book Fair, Edinburgh.
  • November, 2019, 'Workers' Inquiries in the UK', Historical Materialism, London.
  • November, 2019, 'Workers' Inquiry in practice', Historical Materialism, London.
  • November, 2019, 'Organising platform workers', Organising 2019, Innovations and Reflections, Ella Baker School of organising, London.
  • October, 2019, 'The Gig Economy, Future of Work, and Voice', LSE.
  • October, 2019, 'Informal work', Sociology, University of Warwick.
  • October, 2019, 'Platform Labour and Class Composition', Artificial Intelligence, Platforms, and Workers', University of Leicester.
  • October, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', Everybody's Reading Festival, Leicester.
  • October, 2019, 'Work on feeling', Sociology, University of Warwick.
  • October, 2019, 'The Rise of the Alt-Right: Fighting the fash online', LARAF, London.
  • September, 2019 'Anti-work from above and below: workerism, workers’ struggle, and the fight against work', Challenging the Work Society conference, Birkbeck, London.
  • September, 2019 'Why we strike', chair, The World Transformed, Brighton.
  • September, 2019 'Labour, technology, and the future of workers', The World Transformed, Brighton.
  • September, 2019, 'Setting the Scene - Defining the Future of Work', Keynote, Future of Work Festival: A Conference for HR & Organisational Development Professionals in the Housing Sector, Win-win: making the future of work productive and rewarding for employees and employers, County Hall, London
  • September, 2019, 'Automated decisions and profiles', Congreso Internacional: Sobre Automaizacion, Vigilancia y Control de los Trabajadores y Derechos Fundamentales, Valencia, Spain.
  • September, 2019, 'Delivering resistance in the gig economy: worker self-organisation at Uber and Deliveroo', Freelancers and diversity work in the UK screen industries, Institute for Screen Industry Research, University of Nottingham.
  • August, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', Book Launch, Fab Cafe, Manchester.
  • August, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade: Videogames, Work, and Organising', European Sociological Association conference, Manchester.
  • August, 2019, 'Digital Workerism: Tracing the Recomposition of Workers’ Struggle in Digital Labour / Capitalism', plenary, European Sociological Association conference, Manchester
  • August, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', The World Transformed, Bristol.
  • August, 2019, 'Challenges and strategies for organising precarious workers', Open Society Foundation, London.
  • August, 2019, 'Tackling Right-wing dominance in eSports', Who are ya? Exploring art, identity and football, with Marijam Didžgalvytė, Tate Modern.
  • July, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Housmans bookshop, London.
  • July, 2019, 'Workers of the World, Connect! Tech Innovations and Organizational Change for the Future of Work(ers)', Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, the future of work, Redmond, WA.
  • July, 2019, 'Game Workers: Individualisation and collectivism in the UK games industry', Develop, Brighton.
  • June, 2019, 'Gameplay auto/biographical and life writing', Indisciplinary Approaches to Digital Play symposium, Kings.
  • June, 2019, 'Amazon.com, Twitch.tv, and Videogames', Delivered the Same Day: The Post Office and Amazon.com, University of Coventry.
  • May, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Waterstones Trafalgar Square, London.
  • May, 2019, 'Algorithm, Platform Design and Agency in Digital Work', Platform Work in Global Contexts, Royal Holloway, London.
  • May, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Bread and Roses at the Chapel, London.
  • May, 2019, 'Toxic positivity: from the call centre to the university', University of Nottingham.
  • May, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', Historical Materialism, Athens.
  • April, 2019, 'Fairwork and artificial intelligence: making, faking, and breaking', ILPC, Vienna.
  • April, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Historical Materialism, New York.
  • April, 2019, 'The Crisis and the Shopfloor: Class Composition in Britain', Historical Materialism, New York.
  • April, 2019, 'Technology and the future of work and workers', launch of Media Inequality and Change Centre, Philadelphia. Video available here
  • April, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Red Emmas, Baltimore.
  • April, 2019, 'Marx at the Arcade', book launch, Bluestockings, New York.
  • April, 2019, 'Platform Work and the Fairwork Project Rankings', Data & Society, New York.
  • March, 2019, 'Fairwork', GEONET Conference, University of Johannesburg.
  • March, 2019, 'Guest Lecture', MSc Labour, Social Movements & Development, SOAS, London.
  • March, 2019, 'Future of Work', Guest Lecture, LSE, London.
  • March, 2019, 'Tech workers power', Unite, London.
  • February, 2019, 'Fairwork', ILO, Geneva.
  • February, 2019, 'Digital Labour', Guest Lecture, Royal Holloway, London.
  • February, 2019, Game Workers Unite Organiser Training, London.
  • February, 2019, Speaker, 'Monitored: Business and Surveillance in a Time of Big Data', book launch, Waterstones, London.
  • January, 2019, Speaker, Digital Leaders Salon, University of Liverpool, London campus.
  • January, 2019, 'The Fairwork Foundation', NotEqual launch, Digital Catapult, London.
  • January, 2019, 'The Fairwork Foundation', University of Cape Town.
  • January, 2019, 'The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for Fairer Platform Work', Microsoft Research, Bangalore, India
  • January, 2019, 'The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for Fairer Platform Work', with Mark Graham, Richard Heeks, and Jean-Paul VanBelle, ICTDX, Ahmedabad, India.
  • December, 2018, 'Platforms, Digital Labour, and the Future of Work', CITAPP Winter School, IIITB, Bangalore.
  • November, 2018, 'The Notes from Below Project and Technical, Social, and Political Composition', Historical Materialism conference, London.
  • November, 2018, organised the "workers' inquiry" stream with Notes from Below at Historical Materialism conference, London.
  • November, 2018, 'Voice in the gig economy', Guest lecture, LSE, London.
  • October, 2018, 'International Labor Organizing', DSA/TWC, San Francisco.
  • October, 2018, 'Organising Resistance in the Gig Economy', AIDC Solidarity Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • October, 2018, 'platform work and artifical intelligence', Kritik Digitaler Arbeit, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin.
  • September, 2018, 'Autour des luttes londoniennes dans la gig-économie' and 'Roundtable: The Contemporary Working Poor, A Global Overview', Le Travail Qui Rend Pauvre, 3eme Edition du Colloque Internaional Du Gireps, Universite de Montreal.
  • September, 2018, 'Gig Economy: Workers, platforms and the digital workplace', Algorithmic Management: Designing systems which promote human autonomy, WU Vienna.
  • September, 2018, 'gig economy and platform work', Work Employment and Society, Belfast.
  • September, 2018, 'The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for platform work', Toward a Platform Urbanism Agenda for Urban Studies, University of Sheffield.
  • August, 2018, 'Evolving Technology: New forms of work', Europaeum Summer School, Helsinki, Finland.
  • July, 2018, 'The Fairwork Foundation: assessing and responding to the online gig economy', ILERA, South Korea.
  • July, 2018, 'What Do Unions Do, Today?: Unions’ Community and Societal Contributions and Questions of Their Future Sustainability', co-organiser and discussant, ILERA, South Korea.
  • July, 2018, 'Fairwork Foundation Stakeholder Meeting', Bangalore, India.
  • July, 2018, 'Fairwork Foundation Stakeholder Meeting', Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • June, 2018, 'Digitalisation and the new economy: disrupting production networks while tackling climate change? TUC/ETUI conference: The World(s) of Work in Transition, Brussels.
  • June, 2018, 'Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for online platform work', Fairtrade International Symposium, Portsmouth.
  • June, 2018, 'Could technology make politicians obsolete?', Labour Together, Parliament, London.
  • June, 2018, 'Platform capitalism and online gig work: the labour process, resistance, and organising', Work and employment in an era of platform capitalism, Dauphine Universite Paris.
  • May, 2018, 'Workshop', Playbour, Furtherfields commons, London.
  • May, 2018, Roundtable: Data Justice in the Workplace (co-organised by DATAJUSTICE and Data & Society), Data Justice Lab, Cardiff.
  • May, 2018, 'Future of work', sharelab, Nesta, London.
  • May, 2018, 'Automate this! Delivering resistance in the gig economy', Oxford.
  • May, 2018, 'Marx, the workers’ inquiry, and class composition today', Marx200, Berlin.
  • May, 2018, 'The Fairwork Foundation: strategies for online platform work', re:publica, Berlin.
  • May, 2018, 'Studying Deliveroo though online sources', Alan Turing Institute Workshops on Opportunities to Use Untapped Data to Support Social, Economic and Financial Inclusion, London.
  • April, 2018, 'The Future of Work', Ethical Careers Fair and Conference, SOAS, London.
  • April, 2018, 'Gig Economy: La Revolution de la Servitude', Solidarites Jeunes, Geneva.
  • April, 2018, 'Developing Principles for Fair Online Platform Work', UNCTAD E-Commerce Week, Geneva.
  • April, 2018, 'A.I, Technology and the Future of Work', Funzing, London.
  • March, 2018, 'Platform capitalism and online gig work: the labour process, resistance, and organising', International Labour Process Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • March, 2018, 'The work of gaming, esports and Streaming', eSports: tendências e oportunidades, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • March, 2018, 'The work of gaming, esports and Streaming', The 360, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • March, 2018, 'Understanding the Gig Economy', Undergraduate lecture, the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • March, 2018, 'The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for Online Platform Work', Log Out! Resistance Within and Against Platform Labour, the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • February, 2018, 'Twitch', Cybersalon, London.
  • February, 2018, 'Work', The Giants of 2020, Beveridge 2.0 Festival, LSE (winner of the debate by popular vote), video available here.
  • February, 2018, 'The Future of Work', Beveridge 2.0 Festival, LSE, recording available here.
  • February, 2018, 'Gaming // Marketing', Marketing Applications, University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh.
  • February, 2018, Jennifer Walshe Sound Salon: Play, Labour and the Internet, Somerset House, London.
  • January, 2018, 'Digital Labour in the University: Understanding the Transformations of Academic Work in the UK', WIAS Workshop: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism, London.
  • January, 2018, 'Fairwork Foundation', Sharers and Workers, ETUI, Brussels.
  • January, 2018, 'Studying the workplace: the workers’ inquiry today', Edge Hill University.
  • January, 2018, "The Fairwork Foundation: Towards Fairer Work in the Digital Gig Economy", University of Oxford.
  • December, 2017, "Why Workers' Inquiry", Mayday Rooms, London.
  • November, 2017, 'Working the Phones', Birmingham.
  • November, 2017, 'A Fairwork Foundation: towards a Fairer Work in the Digital Gig Economy', with Mark Graham, Work in the Digital Economy: Regulation and Conflicts, ENDL, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
  • November, 2017, 'Labour, Resistance, and Organisation in the Online Gig Economy', Historical Materialism Conference, London.
  • November, 2017, 'Power and Accountability in the Digital Economy', The Glass Room, London.
  • November, 2017, 'Fairwork', ETUC Autumn School, LSE.
  • November, 2017, 'Platforms' Digital Frontiers, Kingston University.
  • September, 2017, 'Contemporary Workers' Inquiry and Documenting Struggle', Mayday Rooms, London.
  • September, 2017, 'Working the Phones', Tender Networks, Bristol.
  • September, 2017, 'Deliveroo and the City: work, digital technology, and the urban environment', Urban Studies Seminar, University of Southampton.
  • September, 2017, '“Live Streamers” and the Public Mediation of Cultural Value', with Dr Mark R Johnson, Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age, Kings College London.
  • August, 2017, 'Labour, Professionalisation and Esports', The Future of Esports: Challenging Work and Gender Issues in Pro Gaming, Manchester.
  • July, 2017, 'Precarious Labour', Manchester International Festival.
  • July, 2017, 'Working the Phones', Internationalist Summer Meeting, Greece.
  • July, 2017, 'Towards a Fairer World of Work', ILO, Geneva.
  • July, 2017, 'Managing Play: The Management of Competitive and Professional Gaming', Critical Management Conference (CMS), Liverpool.
  • June 2017, ‘Live Streaming, Twitch.tv, and the Games Industry’, Multiplatform, Manchester.
  • June 2017, 'Working the Phones: investigating control and resistance in the modern workplace', Public lecture LSE, London.
  • June 2017, '"Oh my god, this is beautiful" - game-changing discourse and action in esports tournaments', with Dr Mark R Johnson, CAMEo, University of Leicester.
  • June 2017, 'Understanding the 21st century workplace', Arcadia University, the College of Global Studies, London.
  • June 2017, 'Playing for profit: the lives and careers of professional video gamestreamers', with Dr Mark R Johnson, Canadian Games Studies Association (CGSA), Toronto.
  • May 2017, 'Live-streamed performance and talk on Twitch', Capitalism, Marketing, and Critique, London.
  • May 2017, 'Working the Phones', DIY Cultures, London.
  • May 2017, 'Q&A on the Future of Work', Pulverised at the Arcola Theatre, London.
  • May 2017, 'The new digital everyday of work: platforms and the algorithmic panopticon', Digital Everyday Conference, Kings College London.
  • May 2017, '"It’s like the Gold Rush": The Lives and Careers of Professional Video Game Broadcasters', with Dr Mark R Johnson, DiGRA UK, Salford.
  • April 2017, 'Inquiry today', Historical Materialism, New York.
  • April 2017, Customer Service Agent, Cafe Oto, London.
  • April 2017, 'A Changing World: Power Shifts in 2017 and Beyond', eSCon europe, the eSports conference, London.
  • March 2017, 'Working the Phones', Book Launch, Connecting Research on Employment and Work, University of Warwick.
  • March 2017, 'The Future of Video' Insight 17, London (invited talk).
  • March 2017, 'a gathering of masters @IEM', Digital Jam Sessions (online talk available here).
  • March 2017, 'Digital Labour', Oxford Radical Forum (invited talk).
  • March 2017, 'Working the Phones', Ruskin College, Oxford (invited talk).
  • Feb 2017, 'Understanding the Gig Economy: The problem of management at Deliveroo', Institute for Management Studies, Goldsmiths, London (invited talk).
  • Feb 2017, launch of Euro Network on Digital Labor (ENDL), Paris (participant).
  • Feb 2017 'Working The Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centers', book launch, Interference Archive and the MEP, New York City.
  • Feb 2017 Session on Board Diversity & Workers on Boards, Corporate Governance Reform Workshop, LSE, London (invited participant).
  • Jan 2017 UK Digital Economy Crucible 2017 Information Event, UCL, London (invited talk).
  • Jan 2017 'Work: The Digital Economy and the Labouring Body' at the Forum, LSE, London (invited talk) available here.
  • Jan 2017 'Deliver-who? An inquiry into the conditions of Deliveroo workers in London', Information Systems Seminar Series, LSE, London
  • Nov 2016 'Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres – Book launch', Waterstones, Trafalgar Square, London.
  • Nov 2016 'Deliver-who? An inquiry into the struggle of precarious workers at Deliveroo', ERHR Research Workshop, LSE, London.
  • Nov 2016 'Esports and Competitive Gaming in the UK: A Summary and Future Possibilities', Varsity Games launch: London University LIVE Esports, Gfinity Arena, London (invited talk)
  • Nov 2016 'The work of play: towards a Marxist analysis of video game production', ENCODE, University of Tromsø, Norway (invited lecture).
  • Nov 2016 ‘Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres (Wildcat Series) – Book launch’, Historical Materialism, London.
  • Nov 2016 'Professional Gaming Through the Ages: Poker, eSports, and the Work of Skilled Play', with Mark R Johnson, eSports and the Future of Sport, University of Salford
  • Oct 2016 'Procedural generation and the labour process: how we shape tools and they shape us', ProcJam, Falmouth University, UK (invited talk).
  • Oct 2016 'Understanding Digital Labour: Between Autonomy and Automation', Marx2016 conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Sept 2016 ‘Professional Gaming and eSports in the UK: Digital Labour and the Blurring of Work and Play’, Work, Employment & Society Conference, University of Leeds.
  • Aug 2016 ‘The Relationships of Co-Creation: Software Modification on Steam’, DiGRA/FDG, Dundee.
  • July 2016 ‘Crowdsourcing in Practice: the users view of micro tasking’, International Conference on Social Media & Society, London.
  • June 2016 ‘Digital tools for workers' organisation: challenges and possibilities’, “I Will if You Will, Too”: Conditional Commitment in Collective Action, City University, London (invited talk).
  • April 2016 ‘Disentangling value in a co-creating Organisation: exploring the tensions between paid professionals and users, Scientist and citizen scientists’, Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  • April 2016 ‘The online crowdsourcing of scientific research: the experience and motivation of users’, International Labour Process Conference, Berlin.
  • Nov 2015 ‘Crowdsourcing: understanding the implications, from citizen science to microwork’, Historical Materialism, London.
  • July 2015 ‘The practice of anti-work politics: what are the implications for organisation and strategy?’, Never Work Conference, Cardiff University.
  • April 2015 Discussant for Sergio Bologna, ‘The origins, traits, and evolution of the freelance movement’, Marxism(s) in Social Movements, European University Institute, Florence (invited speaker).
  • Nov 2014 ‘Possibilities for new workplace organisation: workers refusal and the challenges for trade unions’, Historical Materialism, London.
  • Oct 2014 ‘Investigating the workplace: history and contemporary cases (call-centre-study)’, Laborious Actions: International forum on collective actions in the IT sphere, St Petersburg, Russia (invited talk).
  • July 2014 ‘Precarious labour in the UK: the impact of neoliberalism and the possibilities for resistance and organisation’ and ‘Towards a method for activist-scholar research collaborations: taking inspiration from the tradition of the workers' inquiry’, International Sociological Association World Congress, Japan.
  • April 2014 ‘Examining the labour process in a call centre: from bad jokes to the possibilities for resistance’, International Labour Process Conference, London.
  • Mar 2014 ‘The workers’ inquiry as a method: possibilities for resistance and organisation in a UK call centre’, Critical Labour Studies Conference, Ruskin College, Oxford.
  • Feb 2014 ‘Workers’ inquiry in a UK call centre: possibilities for resistance and organisation’, Geographies of resistance: neoliberal violence and crisis, University of Oxford.
  • Nov 2013 ‘Between exploitation and resistance: towards a workers’ inquiry for the 21st century’, Historical Materialism, London.
  • Sept 2013 ‘“Smiling down the phone”: a workers’ inquiry into call centre conditions’, Work, Employment & Society Conference, University of Warwick.
  • May 2013 ‘A workers’ inquiry into a charity fundraising call centre’, Ephemera: the politics of workers’ inquiry, University of Essex.
  • Nov 2012 ‘An attempt at a workers' inquiry in a call centre: possibilities of resistance, potential for organisation’, Historical Materialism, London.

Press

  • BBC 'Bye box: How streaming could kill the games console', interviewed by Chris Baraniuk, 8th November 2019.
  • The Guardian 'Strike 2.0: how gig economy workers are using tech to fight back', interviewed by Jack Shenker, 31st August 2019.
  • DigiLabour 'Trabalhadores de Games Uni-vos', by Rafael Grohmann, 23rd August 2019.
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, V4: E1 'The Dark Side of the Video Games Industry', interviewed by researchers and provided copy of Marx at the Arcade.
  • The Guardian, 'London academics criticise 'oppressive' treatment of student protesters', by Mattha Busby, 24th June 2019.
  • The Verge, 'Robot butlers operated by remote workers are coming to do your chores', by James Vincent, 9th May 2019.
  • New Statesman, 'Tech workers are organising – and asking what technology is actually for', by Sanjana Varghese, 3rd May 2019.
  • Quartz India, Interviewed for 'The ugly truth behind being a gig-economy worker in India', by Aria Thaker, 26th March 2019.
  • Interviewed about Fairwork on Classic FM (South Africa), 28th March 2019.
  • Vita Da Call Center, interviewed for Pop Economy, Canale 224.
  • WES 2018: Dr Jamie Woodcock, interviewed for the Work Employment and Society conference.
  • The Australian Financial Review interviewed for 'Does social networking at work boost your company's profits?', by Laurence Dodds, 23rd October 2018.
  • The Telegraph interviewed for 'Social networks at work: democratic or dangerous?', by Laurence Dodds, 23rd October 2018.
  • BBC News 24, interviewed about Uber Eats strike, 4th October 2018.
  • Forbes, interviewed for 'UberEats Workers May Have Accidentally Found The Company's Achilles Heel', by Emiliano Mellino, 4th October 2018.
  • The Atlantic, interviewed for 'The Coders Programming Themselves Out of a Job', by Brian Merchant, 3rd October 2018.
  • Mosaik, interviewed for '“Kein Geld, kein Essen” – Streiks bei Uber Eats', by Benjamin Herr, 25th Sept 2018.
  • BBC Radio Oxford, interviewed about surveillance at work, 17th August 2018.
  • Eurogamer 'The games industry needs unions - and these are the people trying to make it happen in the UK', interview, 8th July 2018.
  • Al Jazeera, TV interview about addiction and videogames, Counting the Cost, 21st June, 2018.
  • Red Pepper Interviewed about work, 18th June 2018.
  • The Guardian Interview about surveillance at work, 14th May 2018.
  • The Guardian Interviewed as part of an article on IWGB and UVW, 18th April 2018.
  • Torcedores Interviewed for a publication in Brazil about Esports, March 2018.
  • Globo News, Brazil, 'Sem Fronteiras: Automação e educação: o futuro do trabalho', TV interview about the future of work, 9th February 2018.
  • Reteconomy TV, Sky Italy, TV interview about precarious work, January 2018.
  • Al Jazeera, TV interview about Uber and IWGB case, 9th November 2017.
  • Al Jazeera, TV interview about Uber ruling, 27th September 2017.
  • Canal Trece, Colombia, TV interview about videogames, September 2017.
  • BBC Radio 2 Interviewed by Jeremy Vine, 31st August 2017.
  • ARTE TV - Grande-Bretagne: l'envers du "miracle de l'emploi", French TV interview about work, 31st May 2017.
  • BBC Radio 2 Interviewed by Jeremy Vine, 5th May
  • BBC Radio 4 PM Interviewed about call centres, 2nd May 2017.

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