My academic interests are motivated by two primary concerns – work and digital media. Most recently my research has focused on the interaction between them, but my interests expand to all areas of work/labour and all areas of digital media, including journalism and digital culture.
I have a PhD from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at Warwick University. Titled The Politics of Algorithmic Management: Class Composition and Everyday Struggle in Distribution Work, the research drew on (mostly Italian) autonomist Marxism to conduct a class composition analysis of digitally-mediated labour relations in contemporary logistics work. It was supervised by Nate Tkacz and Celia Lury, and examined by Phoebe V. Moore and Michael Dieter. I am planning on turning it into a book.
Last year I was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Study. I’ve also worked as a research assistant on an EU Parliament project, lectured at both Warwick and Coventry universities, published a small handful of journal articles, co-authored a book chapter and presented my research at dozens of academic conferences and events.
I did an MA in Social and Political Thought at Sussex University, where David M. Berry persuaded me to undertake a PhD. I’m not quite ready to forgive him yet. Before that I did an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, having previously started a degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. I also picked up a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Sciences Research at some point.
Prior to university I worked as an optical consultant for a high-street opticians chain. It’s fair to my route into higher education was contingent rather than predetermined, but luckily for me I eventually settled in as the student movement of 2010 was unfolding. Those events – and my participation in the Royal Holloway Anti-Cuts Alliance – shaped pretty much everything that followed.
If you’d like to read any of my research, have a nosey at my CV or just share ideas, you can reach me on my academic email.