Conference Papers, Talks, and Press

Conference Papers and Talks

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.

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,, 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.


  • 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.