Current projects:

Labour against the machine. A study of digital labour in e-commerce warehouses. Think Amazon, Zalando, H&M, IKEA and the like–what happens behind the click when you purchase a commodity online? I am analysing the technologies used to work, such as the barcode gun and its relation to corporate algorithms, and how they intersect with emerging cycles of struggle in the logistics sector.

Log out! Worker resistance within and against the platform economy. How do workers struggle against digital capitalism? In this research I aim at showing the central role of worker struggle, sabotage and resistance in any project of future liberation, and in relation to technological evolution. I am the lead convener of a McLuhan Centre working group on this topic, and the organiser of a conference that was held in March 2018.

Things I might or might not do in the future:

You’re deactivated. Dismissal through disconnection from the company’s app represents the most brutal side of the disciplinary power of digital labour technologies. The technical ability to “deactivate” a worker is the result of deeper political and legal transformations which enable digital capitalism to tap into an increasingly precarious workforce. What is the political significance of the technical fluidity of  platform labour?