Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
Vili Lehdonvirta is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
He is an economic sociologist who examines how digital technologies are shaping the organization of economic activities in society. His research focuses specifically on digital technologies, such as apps, platforms, and marketplaces — how they are governed, how they shape the organization of economic activities and with what implications to workers, consumers, businesses, and policy. His research has been published in the Journal of Management, New Media & Society, Work, Employment & Society, and other leading academic journals.
Lehdonvirta is the principal investigator of iLabour, a major research project on online freelancing and the gig economy, funded by the European Research Council. He also leads research projects on online labour markets’ effects in rural areas and crowdworkers’ skill development. His other recent research takes a critical look at Bitcoin and blockchain. His research draws on theories and approaches from economic sociology, new institutional economics, labour sociology, and science and technology studies. Lehdonvirta also sits on the editorial boards of the journals Policy & Internet, The Information Society, Electronic Commerce Research and the Journal of International Business Policy.
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