Dr Matthew Cole is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, working on the Fairwork project, which aims to improve working conditions on digital labour platforms. He will be joining the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in Technology, Work and Employment as of January, 2023. He is a member of the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society.
Matthew is originally from the rust belt of New York State, though has lived in London for over a decade. He has been in a union since he was a teenager and actively involved in the labour movement for over fifteen years. Like many people, he became involved in British left through the student movement of 2010-11 and maintains these networks. His academic interests revolve around the political economy of work and technology, with a particular focus on wage theft, the politics of AI, and policies around digital transformation. In addition to his work at Oxford, he is a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association and a contributor to the future of work group at the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. Matthew has been published in academic journals such as Work, Employment and Society, Antipode, and Global Networks, among others. He has also written for Tribune, Novara, Vice, Open Democracy, The Independent, Salvage, and in various academic journals.