Funda Ustek-Spilda

Funda Ustek-Spilda


Funda Ustek-Spilda is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager at the Fairwork. She is interested in studying data invisibilities & visibilities, looking at the ethical, societal, political and economic implications of being counted and not being counted in data. She has approached this theme from various angles within the fields of labour, gender, migration and responsible technology design. 

Prior to joining the Fairwork Foundation, Funda held postdoctoral researcher positions at ARITHMUS: How data make a people (ERC Research Project, 2014-2018) based at Goldsmiths, University of London; and VIRT-EU: Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe (EC FP7 Horizon 2020 Project) based at the London School of Economics. 

She holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in Sociology (2015) and an MSc from the same university in Comparative Social Policy (2010). In her doctoral thesis, she studied survival strategies of women workers in Turkey as they navigated various jobs in the informal labour market. You can find a full list of her publications on the LSE website

For the Fairwork project, Funda is involved with developing and implementing the research and fieldwork strategies in India.