- Dr Karen Gregory
- Senior Lecturer in Sociology
- 6.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 6511334
- Research Interests
- Digital Sociology, Digital Labor, Gender and Technology, Social media, ethnography, Mixed methods research in social sciences, Sharing Economy, Platform Society, Algorithmic Society, Supply chains and digital infrastructure
I am a digital sociologist, ethnographer, and Programme Co-Director of the MSc in Digital Society. I currently co-lead the Digital Social Science Research Cluster at the Center for Data, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh. I am also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Cultural Economy.
Before coming to Edinburgh, I was a lecturer at The City College of New York, where I developed and ran The City Lab @ The Center for Worker Education.
Here is a list of upcoming talks: https://karengregoryphd.wordpress.com/
You can also find me online @claudiakincaid
Current Research Projects
- Understanding Risk Among On-Demand Food Couriers in Edinburgh
This project explores how on-demand couriers construct, represent, and negotiate work-related risks and draws from in-depth interviews with riders. The publication “'My life is more valuable than this': Understanding Risk Among On-Demand Food Couriers in Edinburgh" is forthcoming (2020) at Work, Employment and Society. Additional publications are under review.
- How can the GDPR be used to create leverage among gig workers?
Our research project, which is funded by the Edinburgh Futures Institute, takes Deliveroo riders in Edinburgh as a case study, drawing sociology, computer science, and legal studies together to understand and answer gig worker concerns about data processing, automatic decision-making, and fair work. You can read more here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3433596
- Visualising Hidden Platform Labour
This interdisciplinary project makes visible the unseen and invisible traces of on-demand courier work in Edinburgh. Our first publication, "Delivering Ediburgh: uncovering the digital geography of platform labour in the city" is now published at Information, Communication, and Society. Future work will explore the hidden labor of additional platforms, such as microwork platforms.
Current PhD Students:
Kath Bassett: Locative Media and Labour: Harry Potter Tourism in Edinburgh
Idil Galip: Art Worlds Online: Memes, Labour, and Politics
Joe Noteboom: The University of Data: Ethical and Social Future of Data-Driven Education
Isadora Dullaert: Hidden Hierarchies. How biometric technologies define our citizenship
Daniels, J., K. Gregory, and T. McMillan-Cottom. 2016. Digital Sociologies. Bristol: Policy Press. https://policypress.co.uk/digital-sociologies
Gregory, K. 2020. “'My life is more valuable than this': Understanding Risk Among On-Demand Food Couriers in Edinburgh." Work, Employment and Society. Online First: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0950017020969593
Gregory, K. & Maldonado, Miguel Paredes. 2020. "Delivering Edinburgh: uncovering the digital geography of platform labour in the city." Information, Communication & Society. Vol 23 (8): 1187-1202. 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1748087
Gregory, K. 2018. "Pushed and Pulled to the Internet: Self-Employment in the Spiritual Marketplace." American Behavioral Scientist. Vol 62 (2) 208–224. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764218794768
Gregory, K. and Singh, Sava Saheli. 2018. "Anger in Academic Twitter: Sharing, Caring, and Getting Mad Online." Triple C: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique. Vol 16 (1): 176-193. http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/issue/current
Aronowitz, S. & Gregory, K. 2016. "Jobless Higher Ed: Revisited, An Interview with Stanley Aronowitz." Workplace, 28, 130-135.
Gregory, K. & Winn, J. 2016. Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor. Workplace, 28, 1-8.
Orton-Johnson, K., Prior, N. and Gregory, K. 2015. "Sociological Imagination: Digital Sociology and the Future of the Discipline." Special Section on Digital Sociology. The Sociological Review. https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/blog/sociological-imagination-digital-sociology-and-the-future-of-the-discipline.html
Daniels, J., M. K. Gold, with members of the Inq13 Collective (K. Gregory et al.). 2014. “The Inq13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning.” Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 5, online ed. (July 15, 2014).
Gregory, K. 2013. “The Teaching of Labor and the Labor of Teaching: Reflections on Publicness and Professionalism.” Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 3, online ed. (November 12, 2013).
Gregory, K. 2013. “Quality Is Our Recipe: Gaming the Lost Affect of Care.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 23(4)
Gregory, K. 2012. “Negotiating Precarity: Tarot as Spiritual Entrepreneurialism.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 40(3/4).
Gregory, K. 2011. "Tarot."Frequencies: An On-line Journal of the Social Science Research Council. http://frequencies.ssrc.org/2011/11/18/tarot/
Clough, P. and Gregory, K. 2010. “Playing and Praying to the Beat of a Child’s Metronome.” Subjectivity 3(4).
Brundage, L., Gregory, K., and Sherwood, E. 2018. "Working Nine to Five: What a Way to Make an Academic Living?" in Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press. https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/bodies-of-information
Gregory, K. 2016. “In the Cards: From Hearing ‘Things’ to Human Capital.” In Object Oriented Feminisms, ed. Katherine Behar. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/object-oriented-feminism
Gregory. K. 2016. "Can Tech Schools Go Cooperative?" In Ours to Hack and to Own, ed. Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. New York: OR Books. http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/ours-to-hack-and-to-own/
Clough, P., K. Gregory, B. Haber, and J. Scannell. 2015. “The Datalogical Turn.” In Nonrepresentational Methodologies: Re-Envisioning Research, ed. Phillip Vannini, 182–206. Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
"The Datalogical Turn" was reprinted and also appears in Clough, P. 2018. The User Unconscious. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Gregory, K. 2018. "Speak on Command: A review of Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Centre Workforce." New Labor Forum. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1095796018765147
Gregory, K. 2017. "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy." Journal of Cultural Economy. 10(6): 552-555. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/RxrcWY4mJ6PWA3XTvpGv/full
Gregory, K. 2015. "Grounding Discussions of the Digital." Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 6, online ed. (March 5, 2015) https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/grounding-discussions-of-the-digital/
Gregory, K. 2017. “Digital Labor.” In Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed. Ed. George Ritzer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gregory, K. 2018. "The Future of Work." Public Services International Congress. Geneva, Switzerland. http://congress.world-psi.org/karen-gregory-talks-about-the-negatives-and-positives-of-computer-platform-capitalism/
Gregory, K. 2017. "The Labor of Digital Scholarship." Talk given at the University of Edinburgh. Audio and Slides available: https://ed.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=41552549-5650-4cdf-bf62-05999534c270
Gregory, K. 2016. "Digital Labour and Exploitation: It's not a Done Deal." Oxford Internet Institute. https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/videos/digital-labour-and-exploitation-its-not-a-done-deal/
Gregory, K., Singh, S.S., and McMillan Cottom, T. 2015. "New Topics in Social Computing: Data and Education": https://soundcloud.com/eyebeamnyc/new-topics-in-social-computing-data-and-education?in=eyebeamnyc/sets/new-topics-in-social-computing
SOLICITED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
What To Do if Your Boss is an Algorithm, BBC Ideas, April 2019: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/what-to-do-if-your-boss-is-an-algorithm/p0758250
Interviewed for "Love, Life, and Algorithms", BBC Radio Scotland, February 2019 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002b1y
Quoted in "Trade Unions and Academics Seek Ways to Adapt to Modern Economy", Evening Express, February 2019: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/trade-unions-and-academics-seek-ways-to-adapt-to-modern-economy/
Interviewed for: "This "Creepy" Time-Tracking Software Is Like Having Your Boss Watch You Every Second." August 7, 2018
Cited in: "How the left must respond to the real automation crisis." The Herald Scotland. July 3, 2018 http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16328421.How_the_left_must_respond_to_the_real_automation_crisis/
Sadowski, J. and Gregory, K. 2017. "Amazon is running its own hunger games – and all the players will be losers." The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/07/amazon-hunger-games-players-losers-second-headquarters-site-us-techno-capitalist
Gregory, K. and Hendry, K., Watts, J., Young, D. 2017. "Selfwork." Real Life. http://reallifemag.com/selfwork/
Gregory, K. 2016. "Brexit and the Stateless: Digital Citizenship in an Era of Instability." Bella Caledonia. http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2016/08/14/scotland-and-the-stateless-digital-citizenship-in-a-era-of-instability/
Gregory, K. 2015. "Media Matters." The New Inquiry. http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/media-matters/
Sadowski, J. and Gregory, K. 2015. "Is Uber's Ultimate Goal the Privatization of City Governance?" The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/15/is-ubers-ultimate-goal-the-privatisation-of-city-governance
Gregory, K. 2015. "Good Wives: Algorithmic Architectures as Metabolization" Boundary 2. http://boundary2.org/2015/07/08/good-wives-algorithmic-architectures-as-metabolization/
Gregory, K. 2015. “Weird Solidarities.” Dis Magazine. http://dismagazine.com/discussion/72958/karen-gregory-weird-solidarities/
Gregory, K. 2015. “Serios Matters: The Thoughtographic Photography of Ted Serios.” http://www.reanimationlibrary.org/pages/wpgregory
Gregory, K. 2014. “The Public Is Political.” New Criticals. http://www.newcriticals.com/the-public-is-political/print
Gregory, K. 2013. “Magical Surpluses.” The New Inquiry. http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/magical-surpluses/
Gregory, K. 2012. “Geographies of Intimacy.” The State http://www.thestate.ae/volume-ii-speculative-geographies/
Gregory, K. 2012. “Mediums of Exchange.” The New Inquiry. http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/mediums-of-exchange/
For more web-based writing, please see: Digital Labor Working Group, which I co-founded in 2014.
Featured in Ed Reform:
Anya Kamenitz. 2015. “Ten Indispensible Women Transforming Education.”
Interviewed for Buzzfeeed Tech story:
Caroline O’Donovan. 2015. “What if You Could Crowdsource a Loan?”
Quoted in NPR’s 2015 Education Predictions:
Interviewed for New York Times story: Altman, Anna. 2014. “Paying For Quality Education.” http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/paying-for-quality-education/
Interviewed for Washington Post story: Dewey, Caitlin. 2014. “The Many Problems with SketchFactor, the New Crowdsourcing App That Many Are Calling Racist.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/12/the-many-problems-with-sketchfactor-the-new-crime-crowdsourcing-app-that-some-are-calling-racist/
Interviewed for Guernica Magazine story: Reider, Rachel. 2014. “The Teaching Class” http://www.guernicamag.com/features/the-teaching-class/
Topics interested in supervising
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of: digital sociology, digital labor, studies of social media, work and technology, and affective and emotional labor studies.
If you are interested in being supervised by Karen Gregory, please see the links below for more information: