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.

Twitter: @ViliLe

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 reportWorld Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work.

Marianne Furrer

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.

Dr. Fabian Stephany

Fabian Stephany is an Assistant Professor in AI & Work at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. Leading the SkillScale Project, Fabian investigates the emergence of new skills and sustainability of novel occupations in times of technological disruption. His research has been published in leading academic journals and was covered by Washington Post, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Nikkei Asia, and other popular media around the world. Fabian holds a PhD and degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from different European institutions, including Universitá Bocconi Milan and University of Cambridge.

Twitter: @fabian_stephany

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.

Twitter: @ottokassi

Nora Gobel

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.