Philip Leverhulme Award: Internet Geographies


I am extremely happy to report the news that I have been awarded one of the 2016 Philip Leverhulme prizes! I hope to use the resources offered by the Leverhulme Trust to extend my research into information and internet geographies.… Continue Reading


Mapping the Availability of Online Labour


Digitalization and the increasing connectivity across the globe have capacitated the emergence of an online labour market. A number of platforms now facilitate transactions between employers and employees, often based in very separate locations. These platforms cater for a variety of job types, ranging from… Continue Reading


The Impact of Connectivity in Africa: Grand Visions and the Mirage of Inclusive Digital Development


My colleagues Nicolas Friederici, Sanna Ojanperä, and I have recently finished a paper in which we analyse ‘Grand Visions’ of how Internet connectivity affects development in Africa. In the paper, we contrast these visions with the actually available empirical evidence to support those claims.… Continue Reading

“Perish or Globalize:” Network Integration and the Reproduction and Replacement of Weaving Traditions in the Thai Silk Industry


The practice of handmade silk weaving has disappeared from much of the world, but continues to be practiced by thousands of people in Northeastern Thailand. However, as the Thai economy becomes increasingly embedded into global flows and networks of commodities,… Continue Reading

The geography of Wikipedia edits


Wikipedia has a geography. This is something that my colleagues and I have explored previously in a variety of scholarship. For a new book on ‘Open Development’,my colleague Stefano De Sabbata and I decided to update our most recent paper about… Continue Reading

It’s a matter of time: can Deliveroo deliver collective bargaining for the gig economy?

Deliveroo boycott

Last week ‘gig’ workers took to the streets in a show of public discontent. London’s Deliveroo couriers (moped or cycle riding workers who pick up food from restaurants and deliver it to customers) have begun a series of headline grabbing… Continue Reading

Pokémon Go and the Need to Critically Consider Augmented Realities


Pokémon Go is currently taking the world by storm. The game uses smartphones to overlay the material world with digital elements, encouraging users to travel around to different places in order to progress in the game. The addictive gameplay has… Continue Reading