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Online Labour: The Construction of Labour Markets, Institutions and Movements on the Internet

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 iLABOUR project word cloud

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Project "iLABOUR" data sheet

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Organization address
city: OXFORD
postcode: OX1 2JD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙911 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙911 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

'World Bank, EC Joint Research Centre, and other bodies have recently highlighted the potential of online labour markets to boost employment and economic growth. While national job markets have stagnated, online labour markets that connect firms with knowledge and service workers around the world have grown up to 60% a year.

An overlooked aspect of these markets is that they extricate workers and employers from national institutional frameworks, such as employment law and collective bargaining, and instead impose their own, technologically enforced institutions. For example, a leading marketplace recently instated a global minimum wage of 4.00 USD/h. With over 540,000 employers and 4,000,000 registered workers in 180 countries, this Californian company is making critical labour policy decisions that influence businesses and individuals from Berlin to Manila.

The objective of this project is to lay bare the politics and institutions of these next-generation labour markets promoted with discourses of technological progress. Whose interests find expression in their institutions? Some online workers have begun to organize transnationally with the help of digital media. How do online labour movements emerge and assert power on these markets? And finally, to what extent are these relations still reducible to struggles between capital and labour, rather than more ambiguous networked models of production?

We will tackle these questions through a combination of conventional social research methods and innovative Internet research methods, on both virtual research sites (online labour markets and workers' online communities) and physical research sites (market operators' premises and worker gatherings). We survey, interview, and observe designers and workers to reconstruct processes through which online markets, institutions, and movements are shaped, and 'scrape' online data to quantify their influence. The results will open up important new vistas in labour policy debate.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Vili Lehdonvirta
Flexibility in the gig economy: managing time on three online piecework platforms
published pages: 13-29, ISSN: 0268-1072, DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12102
New Technology, Work and Employment 33/1 2019-05-29
2018 Alex J Wood, Mark Graham, Vili Lehdonvirta, Isis Hjorth
Good Gig, Bad Gig: Autonomy and Algorithmic Control in the Global Gig Economy
published pages: 95001701878561, ISSN: 0950-0170, DOI: 10.1177/0950017018785616
Work, Employment and Society 2019-05-29
2018 Otto Kässi, Vili Lehdonvirta
Online labour index: Measuring the online gig economy for policy and research
published pages: , ISSN: 0040-1625, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2018.07.056
Technological Forecasting and Social Change 2019-05-29
2017 Victoria Nash, Jonathan Bright, Helen Margetts, Vili Lehdonvirta
Public Policy in the Platform Society
published pages: 368-373, ISSN: 1944-2866, DOI: 10.1002/poi3.165
Policy & Internet 9/4 2019-05-29
2018 Vili Lehdonvirta, Otto Kässi, Isis Hjorth, Helena Barnard, Mark Graham
The Global Platform Economy: A New Offshoring Institution Enabling Emerging-Economy Microproviders
published pages: 14920631878678, ISSN: 0149-2063, DOI: 10.1177/0149206318786781
Journal of Management 2019-05-29
2017 Greetje F. Corporaal, Vili Lehdonvirta
Platform Sourcing: How Fortune 500 Firms Are Adopting Online Freelancing Platforms
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Alex J. Wood, Vili Lehdonvirta, Mark Graham
Workers of the Internet unite? Online freelancer organisation among remote gig economy workers in six Asian and African countries
published pages: 95-112, ISSN: 0268-1072, DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12112
New Technology, Work and Employment 33/2 2019-05-29

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