Prof. Vili Lehdonvirta
Vili Lehdonvirta is Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He is an economic sociologist whose research focuses on digital technologies — how they are governed, how they shape the organisation of economic activities, and with what implications to workers, consumers, businesses, and policy. From 2016 to 2021 he was the Principal Investigator of iLabour, a major research project on online freelancing and the gig economy, funded by the European Research Council.
Dr. Uma Rani
Uma Rani is a Senior Economist at the Research Department of the International Labour Office. She is a Development Economist and has conducted research in informal economy, minimum wages, and social policies. Since 2016, her research focuses on transformations in the digital economy, wherein she explores how labour and social institutions interact with public policies and can provide decent working conditions to workers. She has recently coordinated the publication of the ILO flagship report, World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work.
Dr. Fabian Stephany
Fabian Stephany is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. As an economist and social data scientist, Fabian investigates how we can create more sustainable jobs via data-driven reskilling in times of technological disruption. Fabian’s work with the iLabour project focuses on the collection, analysis, and visualisation of online platform data. Fabian holds a PhD and degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from different European institutions, including Universitá Bocconi Milan and University of Cambridge. As an Economist and Senior Data Scientist, Fabian has been working in the private sector and for various actors in the international policy landscape, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank or the OECD in Paris.
Nora Gobel is Junior Research Officer at the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She is currently working on issues related to digital economy. She also has experience in data analysis and visualisation. She holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy in Global Markets from Central European University.
Dr. Otto Kässi
Otto Kässi is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and a researcher at ETLA Economic Research. He is a labour economist with a background in econometrics. His research concentrates on empirical study of online labour markets. His work on the iLabour project includes collecting data from online labour markets and analysing it with statistical and econometric methods. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Helsinki.
Dr. Rishabh Kumar Dhir
Rishabh Kumar Dhir is Research Officer at the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO), where he is working on issues related to digital labour platforms. He also has experience working on inclusion and climate change issues at the ILO. He has a PhD in Development Studies from IHEID (Geneva), and has undertaken fellowships at the Yale University’s Agrarian Studies Program and at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford
Dr. Fabian Braesemann
Fabian Braesemann is a Research Fellow and Data Scientist at the Saïd Business School. Additionally, he is Research Associated at the Oxford Internet Institute. With the Online Labour Observatory, Fabian investigates the global geography of platform work and the economic and human capital factors that shape this spatial distribution. Fabian studied in Economics in Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna, and he holds a PhD in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business (2016). Before joining Oxford, he worked as a Data Scientist in a marketing company, where he applied data science methods to large-scale data sets to optimise marketing efficiency. Moreover, he consulted several organisations, such as the UN Development Program or the German Ministry of Finance, to gain insights from large-scale online data sources.
Marianne Furrer is an independent researcher with close ties to the International Labour Organization (ILO), where she used to work as a Junior Economist at the Research Department. Marianne’s recent research focuses on issues related to digital labour platforms. She also has experience working on income inequality and work and income security, and has a strong interest in data visualisation. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Geneva.