Refereed Journal Articles – Published

Howson, K, Ustek Spilda, F, Bertolini, A, Heeks, R, Ferrari, F, Katta, S, Cole, M, Aguera Reneses, P, Salem, N, Steward, S, Graham, M, Sutcliff, D, (2021) ‘Stripping back the mask: Working conditions on digital labour platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic’. International Labour Review.

Cole, M, (2020) ‘Les machines intélligentes. Une brève synthèse historique’, Les Mondes du Travail, (24–25), pp. 115–123. Translated by Françoise Piotet.

Refereed Journal Articles – Under Review

Cole, M, Stuart, M, (under review) Wage Theft and the Struggle over the Working Day: A Typology and Analysis of Unpaid Labour in Hospitality Industry. Work, Employment and Society.

Cole, M, (under review) New Infrastructures of Capital and Labour: Structural Discontinuity and Technological Revolution at Work. Antipode.

Cole, M, (under review) Whiter Automation? New Left Review.

Refereed Journal Articles – In Preparation

Cole, M, Papadopoulos, O, Iannuzzi, F, Alberti, G (in preparation) The Fragmentation of European Hospitality: A multi-site analysis of changing employment relations and worker experiences. European Journal of Industrial Relations.

Cole, M, Graham, M, Ustek-Spilda, F (in preparation) AI for Fairwork? A critical analysis of AI ethics in the context of the workplace. Special issue of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: Humans in Control.

Book Chapters

Ustek-Spilda, F, Ferrari, F, Cole, M, Aguera-Reneses, P, Graham, M, (2021) The Infrastructural Power of Platform Capitalism. Social Europe Publishing in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp. 1–7.

Cole, M, Radice, H, Umney, C, (2020) ‘The Political Economy of Datafication and Work: A New Digital Taylorism?’ Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living. Monthly Review Press, New York.

Cole, M, (2018) Exploitation, in: The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. pp. 303-310.  doi:10.5040/

Other Journal Articles

Cole, M, (2015) Book review: Jennifer M Silva, Coming up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Work, Employment and Society 29, 525–526. doi:10.1177/0950017015572332

Cole, M, (2015) Book review: The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It. Review of Political Economy 27, 679–682. doi:10.1080/09538259.2015.1080469


Spencer, D, Cole, M, Joyce, S, Whittaker, X, Stuart, M (2021) Digital Automation and The Future of Work. Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliament. Brussels. Available at:

Cole, M, (2019) IG Metall and the 28-hour week.In: Stronge, W, (Ed.) The Shorter Working Week: A Radical And Pragmatic Proposal. Hampshire: Autonomy Institute.

Cole, M, (2018) Automation. Autonomy Institute, Available at:

Other Selected Publications

Cole, M, (2021) How Value Weaponises the Machine. Verso blog. (available at:

Cole, M, (2020) Automation Will Create More Jobs, But Most Will Be Shit. Novara Media. London. (available at:

Cole, M, (2020). Why Silicon Valley Loves Coronavirus. Tribune Magazine. London. (available at:

Cole, M, (2018) Why a Strike at TGI Friday’s Is a Big Deal for Britain’s Pissed Off Hospitality Workers. Vice Magazine. (available at:

Cole, M, (2017) Platform and Value-Form’. Salvage Quarterly. London. (available at:

Cole, M, (2017) It’s possible that we can build a society where people don’t have to work-here’s how’. The Independent. London. (available at: