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Dr Jamie Woodcock

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr Jamie Woodcock

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Biography

Dr Jamie Woodcock is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of books including The Fight Against Platform Capitalism (University of Westminster Press, 2021), The Gig Economy (Polity, 2019), Marx at the Arcade (Haymarket, 2019), and Working the Phones (Pluto, 2017). His research is inspired by workers' inquiry and focuses on labour, work, the gig economy, platforms, resistance, organising, and videogames. He is on the editorial board of Notes from Below and Historical Materialism. Jamie completed his PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has held positions at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Queen Mary, NYU London, Cass Business School, the LSE, the University of Oxford, and the Open University.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • International Business Environment (BE413)

  • Management and Strategy (BE485)

  • Independent Study Project: Management/Marketing (BE938)

  • Business and International Development (BE422)

Publications

Journal articles (34)

Woodcock, J., Review of: Marcelo Hoffman (2019) Militant Acts: The Role of Investigations in Radical Politics Struggles. Global Labour Journal. 12 (1)

Woodcock, J., Digital Labour in the University: Understanding the Transformations of Academic Work in the UK. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. 16 (1), 129-142

Woodcock, J., Exploitation, 1-3

Smolović Jones, O., Briley, G. and Woodcock, J., (2022). Exposing and re-placing leadership through workers inquiry. Leadership. 18 (1), 61-80

Mendonça, M., Woodcock, J. and Grohmann, R., (2022). UNDERSTANDING PLATFORM WORK: class composition and migration in the case of Brazilian delivery workers in the United Kingdom. Caderno CRH. 35, 1-20

Woodcock, J., (2022). Artificial intelligence at work: The problem of managerial control from call centers to transport platforms. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. 5

Woodcock, J. and Cant, C., (2022). Platform Worker Organising at Deliveroo in the UK: From Wildcat Strikes to Building Power. Journal of Labor and Society. 25 (2), 220-236

Heeks, R., Graham, M., Mungai, P., Van Belle, J-P. and Woodcock, J., (2021). Systematic evaluation of gig work against decent work standards: The development and application of the Fairwork framework. The Information Society. 37 (5), 267-286

Ruffino, P. and Woodcock, J., (2021). Game Workers and the Empire: Unionisation in the UK Video Game Industry. Games and Culture. 16 (3), 317-328

Johnson, MR. and Woodcock, J., (2021). Work, play, and precariousness: An overview of the labour ecosystem of esports. Media, Culture & Society. 43 (8), 1449-1465

Woodcock, J., (2021). Lives on the Line: How the Philippines Became the World’s Call Center Capital. Jeffrey J.Sallaz. The British Journal of Sociology. 72 (4), 1162-1164

Woodcock, J., (2021). Towards a Digital Workerism: Workers’ Inquiry, Methods, and Technologies. NanoEthics. 15 (1), 87-98

Woodcock, J., (2021). The Limits of Algorithmic Management. South Atlantic Quarterly. 120 (4), 703-713

Englert, S., Woodcock, J. and Cant, C., (2020). Digital Workerism: Technology, Platforms, and the Circulation of Workers’ Struggles. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. 18 (1), 132-145

Graham, M., Woodcock, J., Heeks, R., Mungai, P., Van Belle, J-P., du Toit, D., Fredman, S., Osiki, A., van der Spuy, A. and Silberman, SM., (2020). The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for improving platform work in a global context. Geoforum. 112, 100-103

Aslam, Y. and Woodcock, J., (2020). A History of Uber Organizing in the UK. South Atlantic Quarterly. 119 (2), 412-421

Woodcock, J., (2020). How to beat the boss: Game Workers Unite in Britain. Capital & Class. 44 (4), 523-529

Woodcock, J., (2020). Organizing in the Game Industry: The Story of Game Workers Unite U.K.. New Labor Forum. 29 (1), 50-57

Cant, C. and Woodcock, J., (2020). Fast Food Shutdown: From disorganisation to action in the service sector. Capital & Class. 44 (4), 513-521

Woodcock, J., (2020). Reflecting on a call centre workers' inquiry: Contradictions, tensions, and the role of the researcher. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (1), 104-118

Johnson, MR. and Woodcock, J., (2019). ‘It’s like the gold rush’: the lives and careers of professional video game streamers on Twitch.tv. Information, Communication & Society. 22 (3), 336-351

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, MR., (2019). The Affective Labor and Performance of Live Streaming on Twitch.tv. Television & New Media. 20 (8), 813-823

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, MR., (2019). Live Streamers on Twitch.tv as Social Media Influencers: Chances and Challenges for Strategic Communication. International Journal of Strategic Communication. 13 (4), 321-335

Johnson, MR. and Woodcock, J., (2019). The impacts of live streaming and Twitch.tv on the video game industry. Media, Culture & Society. 41 (5), 670-688

Johnson, MR. and Woodcock, J., (2019). “And Today’s Top Donator is”: How Live Streamers on Twitch.tv Monetize and Gamify Their Broadcasts. Social Media + Society. 5 (4), 205630511988169-205630511988169

Cox, J., Oh, EY., Simmons, B., Graham, G., Greenhill, A., Lintott, C., Masters, K. and Woodcock, J., (2018). Doing Good Online: The Changing Relationships Between Motivations, Activity, and Retention Among Online Volunteers. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 47 (5), 1031-1056

Woodcock, J. and Johnson, MR., (2018). Gamification: What it is, and how to fight it. The Sociological Review. 66 (3), 542-558

Woodcock, J., (2018). Digital labour in the university: Understanding the transformations of academic work in the UK. TripleC. 16 (1), 129-142

Johnson, MR. and Woodcock, J., (2017). Fighting games and Go. Thesis Eleven. 138 (1), 26-45

Woodcock, J., (2016). The work of play: Marx and the video games industry in the United Kingdom. Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds. 8 (2), 131-143

Greenhill, A., Holmes, K., Woodcock, J., Lintott, C., Simmons, BD., Graham, G., Cox, J., Oh, EY. and Masters, K., (2016). Playing with science. Aslib Journal of Information Management. 68 (3), 306-325

Toscano, A. and Woodcock, J., (2015). Spectres of Marxism: A Comment on Mike Savage's Market Model of Class Difference. The Sociological Review. 63 (2), 512-523

Woodcock, J., (2015). Co-Creating Videogames. Journal of Cultural Economy. 8 (6), 738-740

Woodcock, J., (2014). Precarious workers in London: New forms of organisation and the city. City. 18 (6), 776-788

Books (6)

Woodcock, J., (2021). The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 9781912656943

Bloom, P., Jones, OS. and Woodcock, J., (2021). Guerrilla Democracy Mobile Power and Revolution in the 21st Century. Policy Press. 1529205646. 978-1529205619

Moore, PV. and Woodcock, J., (2021). Augmented Exploitation Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work. Pluto Press (UK). 074534349X. 9780745343495

Woodcock, J. and Graham, M., (2020). The Gig Economy A Critical Introduction. Polity. 1509536361. 9781509536368

Woodcock, J., (2019). Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle. 1608468666. 9781608468669

Woodcock, J., (2016). Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres. Pluto Press (UK). 0745399061. 9780745399065

Book chapters (12)

Woodcock, J., Technology, Labor, and the Gig Economy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Digital Media Sociology. Oxford University Press. 178- 194. 9780197510636

Woodcock, J., (2021). Conclusion: Why Struggles Against Platform Capitalism Matter. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 85- 94

Woodcock, J., (2021). Transport Platform Workers. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 27- 51

Woodcock, J., (2021). Introduction. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 1- 10

Woodcock, J., (2021). Understanding Platform Resistance. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 67- 83

Woodcock, J., (2021). Digital Workerism, a Framework. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 11- 25

Woodcock, J., (2021). Online Workers. In: The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy. University of Westminster Press. 53- 66

(2021). Experiencing the New World of Work. Cambridge University Press. 9781108496070

Cant, C. and Woodcock, J., (2021). The cycle of struggle: Food platform strikes in the UK 2016-18. In: The Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence. 256- 268. 9780367690212

Woodcock, J., (2020). Game workers unite: Unionization among independent developers. In: Independent Videogames: Cultures, Networks, Techniques and Politics. 163- 174. 9780367336202

Badger, A. and Woodcock, J., (2019). Ethnographic methods with limited access: assessing quality of work in hard to reach jobs. In: Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives. Edward Elgar Publishing. 135- 146. 9781788118767

Woodcock, J., (2018). Digital Labour and Workers’ Organisation. In: Work, Organization, and Employment. Springer Singapore. 157- 173. 9789811078828

Contact

jamie.woodcock@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874202

Location:

EBS.3.43, Colchester Campus