Introducing Alex Wood to the Microwork and Virtual Production Networks project

We are lucky to have Alex Wood joining our team in the Microwork and Virtual Production Networks project!

Alex is a sociologist of work and employment, and his work has focused on the changing nature of employment relations and labour markets. He is currently researching online labour markets and virtual employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Together with Vili Lehdnovirta, Isis Hjorth, Helena Barnard and myself, he’ll be researching online labour markets and virtual employment relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The project investigates the economic and social implications of digital work in the context of ICTs for development.

Alex is completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge Department of Sociology where he also worked as Research Associate on an ESRC impact acceleration project to evaluate potential ways of reducing workplace stress resulting from insecure scheduling. His PhD (2015) is titled the ‘The insecure worker: workplace control in the 21stCentury. His PhD focuses on the changing nature of flexible and insecure forms of work such as zero hour contracts. New patterns of working-time flexibility and how this relates to insecurity, well-being, and issues of workplace control and resistance being central to account developed.

You can read more about his publications on his profile page.

He is a great addition to our team, and I’m sure we’ll have much to share in the months ahead.

Mark Graham

Mark Graham is the Professor of Internet Geography at the OII, a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, and an Associate in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. He leads a range of research projects spanning topics between digital labour, the gig economy, internet geographies, and ICTs and development.