MSc, PhD
Hugh Price Fellow; Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

Academic background

I have a PhD in Economic Sociology from Turku School of Economics (2009) and an MSc in Information Networks from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University, 2005). I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Tokyo, and London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2013 I became a junior faculty member at the Oxford Internet Institute, and in 2016 I was promoted to Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow. Since 2016 I am also a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, UK’s national data science institute. Before my academic career, I worked briefly as a game programmer.

Graduate teaching

Digital Technology and Economic Organization

Research interests

In broad terms, my research deals with the socioeconomic dimensions of information and communication technologies. My current research focuses on the business and policy implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, popularly described with such terms as the “sharing economy”, “gig economy” and “app economy”. I lead a major research project on online labour platforms, funded by the European Research Council. 

My other projects have dealt with the digital economy’s implications to global development, consumer behaviour, and business models. My first book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (MIT Press 2014; Chinese translation by China Renmin University Press 2015) examined the economics and sociology of digital games and virtual currencies. I use both novel data science approaches as well as conventional social research methods in my work.

I am on the journal editorial boards of Policy & Internet and Electronic Commerce Research, and on the European academic advisory board of MIT Press.