Our Team

Autonomy is based within the fields of political economy and critical theory.  We collaborate with research partners across disciplines.

Core Team

Will Stronge

is a researcher in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Brighton and an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Chichester.

Kyle Lewis

is an Associate Lecturer in the Health and Social Sciences department at the University of the West of England.

Maria Dada

is Research Fellow at the Digital Anthropology Lab at UAL and Visiting Lecturer in the Media, Culture and Language department at Roehampton University. Her research is placed within the fields of design and material culture. She investigates the possibilities of digital materials in reconfiguring socio-political and economic structures. A PhD candidate in science and technology studies at Durham University, she holds an MA from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and a BSc in Computing and Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Advisory Board

Helen Hester

Dr. Helen Hester is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, social reproduction, and post-work politics, and she is a member of the international feminist working group Laboria Cuboniks. Her books include Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014), Xenofeminism (Polity, 2018), and After Work: The Politics of Free Time (Verso, 2019, with Nick Srnicek)

Nick Srnicek

Dr. Nick Srnicek is Lecturer in Digital Economy in the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. His current research is focused on post-work politics and social reproduction, and how the two separate areas can be fit together. He is the co-author, with Dr. Helen Hester, of a forthcoming book, entitled After Work (Verso, 2019) and has previously written on labour market transformations – Inventing the Future (co-authored with Dr. Alex Williams, Verso, 2015) – and on the digital economy and its dynamics: Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016).

Research Affiliates

Dani Guizzo Archela

is Lecturer in Economics, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). She is a member of the INET Young Scholars Initiative, the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and the Reteaching Economics group.

Diann Bauer

Diann is an artist and writer based in London. She is part of the working group Laboria Cuboniks who in 2015 wrote Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienation and the collaborative A.S.T. based in Miami, whose focus is speculative urbanism and climate change. Bauer has screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain, the ICA and The Showroom, London, The Sharjah Biennale 13, UAE, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. She has taught and lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions including: UCA Epsom, Cornell University, Yale University and Cooper Union (US), HKW (Germany), DAI (Netherlands), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Goldsmiths, UAL, The Baltic, The Tate and the ICA (UK).

James Trafford

is Reader in Philosophy and Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom UK. His current research is focused on political reasoning, structural injustices, and collective freedom. He has been published in numerous journals, gallery catalogues and design-books, including co-editing the collection of essays Speculative Aesthetics (Urbanomic, 2015), writing Meaning in Dialogue (Springer Press, 2017), and is currently writing a monograph provisionally entitled Militant Reasoning: Politics from Below.

Julian Siravo

is an Architect and Urbanist from Rome, Italy. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from The Bartlett, UCL. He has spent time both in commercial and research-based architectural practices (including Gumuchdjian Architects and David Garcia Studio), as well as working independently in the practice he co-founded in 2015, Rowhill Studio. In his thesis project “Post Work City” Julian developed a system for automating construction as well as exploring ideas of post-familial domesticity and socialised care-work. Currently he is completing a Masters degree in City Planning at the Royal College of Art, focusing on ageing populations and the future of care.

Matt Cole

is a researcher within the Work and Employment Relations Division of the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) working on the processes and politics of service work. He is the coordinator of the IIPPE Political Economy of Work Group and a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.

David Frayne

Dr. David Frayne is a writer and social researcher interested in critical social theory, the sociology of work, consumer culture, political ecology, the sociology of happiness, and utopian studies. His first book, The Refusal of Work, was published by Zed books in 2015. His follow-up, Fitter, Happier. More Productive – an edited collection of critical essays on work and health – will be published by PCCS in 2018.

Callum Cant

Callum Cant is a PhD researcher at the University of West London focusing on strike movements in the UK since 2008 and the future of work. Alongside his research, he has written for various publications including the Guardian, the Independent and Novara Media.

Jamie Woodcock

Dr. Jamie Woodcock is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and his current research focuses on digital labour, sociology of work, resistance, and videogames. His most recent book Working the Phones (Pluto, 2017) is an ethnographic study of working conditions in call centres in the UK.

Nina Power

Dr. Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton. Her current research concerns the contemporary reality and future of work, questioning in particular the relationship between social reproduction, capitalism, labour and technology. She is particularly attentive to second-wave feminist arguments regarding the future of reproductive technology as well as the automation and mechanisation of the workplace. In 2009 she published the influential One Dimensional Woman (Zero Books) that has become a key coordinate of contemporary feminist debates in this field.

Dr Phoebe V. Moore

Phoebe Moore’s research looks at the impact of technology on work from a critical perspective, looking at quantification through wearable tracking and algorithmic decision-making as a set of management techniques where control and resistance emerge as well as new risks of psychosocial and physical violence. She is author of The Quantified Self in Precarity (Routledge) and The International Political Economy of Work and Employability (Palgrave Macmillan).

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