Publications

Research Articles Under Review or in Preparation

Cole, M. (under review). New Infrastructures of Capital and Labour: Structural Discontinuity and Technological Revolution at Work. New Technology, Work and Employment. Special issue: The ‘new’ social relations of digital technology and the future of work.

Cole, M. and Stuart, M. (in preparation). 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. (in preparation). The Nature of Hospitality Work: Contradictions in the Labour Process. Human Relations


Book Chapters


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:10.5040/9781474278737.ch-032


Journal Articles

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

Cole, M. 2015a. 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., 2015b. 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


Industry/Parliamentary Reports

Spencer, D., Cole, M., Joyce, S., Whittaker, X., Stuart, M. 2020 (forthcoming). Digital Automation and The Future of Work. Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliament. Brussels. Available at:

Cole, M., Harper, A., Stronge, W., Hester, H., Guizzo, D., Lewis, Kyle, Ellis-Petersen, M. and Murray, N. (2019). ‘ IG Metall and the 28-hour week (Germany)’as part of the report “The Shorter Working Week: A Radical And Pragmatic Proposal”. Hampshire: Autonomy Institute. http://autonomy.work/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Shorter-working-week-docV5.pdf.

Cole, M., McCann, D., Schifferes, S., Lansley, S. and Lewis, K. (2018). ‘A New Force For Convergence’ as part of a report titled Social Wealth Funds in the UK. London: Autonomy Institute. http://autonomy.work/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SOCIALWEALTHFUND_AUTONOMY.pdf.

Cole, M. 2018. ‘Automation’, Autonomy Institute, Available at: http://autonomy.work/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Automation-V6.pdf

Other Selected Publications

Cole, M. (2020). Automation Will Create More Jobs, But Most Will Be Shit. Novara Media. Available at: https://novaramedia.com/2020/10/05/automation-will-create-more-jobs-but-most-will-be-shit/

Cole, M. (2020). Why Silicon Valley Loves Coronavirus. Tribune Magazine. Available at: https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/03/why-silicon-valley-loves-coronavirus

Cole, M. (2019). Intelligent Machines: a brief history (parts 1-3). Autonomy. Available at: https://autonomy.work/portfolio/intelligent-machinesbrief-historypart-one/

https://autonomy.work/portfolio/intelligent-machinesbrief-historypart-two/

https://autonomy.work/portfolio/intelligent-machinesbrief-historypart-three/

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: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/435vm3/why-a-strike-at-tgi-fridays-is-a-big-deal-for-britains-pissed-off-hospitality-workers

Cole, M. 2(017). ‘Platform and Value-Form’. Salvage Quarterly. London. Available at: http://salvage.zone/online-exclusive/platform-capitalism-and-value-form/

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. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/post-work-automation-robots-what-counts-as-work-in-the-first-place-a7899786.html


Cole, M. (2017). Why so-called “Barista Visas” won’t help UK Hospitality Workers. Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change [CERIC] Blog. University of Leeds. Available at: https://cericleeds.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/why-so-called-barista-visas-wont-help-uk-hospitality-workers/


Cole, M.R. (2016). ‘How to Study for Knowledge When the World Wants You to Study for Money’ Vice Magazine. Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/gqkv4j/how-to-be-an-academic-in-these-trying-times

Cole, M.R., (2014). ‘Farewell to the middle classes’. Open Democracy. London. Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/matthew-cole/farewell-to-middle-classes