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 working on a critical anthropology of the future of technology.

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, 2018, 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, 2018) 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).


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.

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 Woocock

Dr. Jamie Woodcock is a research fellow at the London School of Economics 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.

For contact and collaboration: info@autonomyinstitute.org