Dr Alex Wood

BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD

  • BS8 1SD

Personal profile

Research interests


As an economic sociologist my research focuses on the changing nature of labour relations and labour markets with a particular focus on precarious work and technology. I am currently leading the ‘Gig Rights Project‘ which is funded by the British Academy and seeks to undertake the largest ever UK survey of gig workers in order to understand their orientation towards labour rights.

My recent research has also investigated job quality, worker voice, organisation and collective action in the gig economy as part of the iLabour and Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia Projects at the University of Oxford. My PhD research at University of Cambridge Department of Sociology investigated both the impact of precarious scheduling on workers’ well-being and workplace power relations. In 2020 I published a book, ‘Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in Flexible Workplaces’ (Cornell University Press, 2020) based on my thesis.


External positions

Research Associate, University of Oxford

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
  • Future of Work
  • Job Quality
  • Employment Relations
  • Collective action
  • MGMT theme Work Futures
  • Centre for Law at Work


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