Tobias is a research associate at the Fairwork Secretariat based at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
He is a geographer and urban planner with a research focus on the interrelations of urban development, mobility and platform work. He has a particular regional research interest in South Asia.
Prior to his engagement in the Fairwork project, he was a research associate at TU Berlin (Chair of Work, Technology and Participation) and a PhD scholar at TU Munich and University of Hamburg.
His recently submitted PhD thesis focuses on the continuities and changes in the taxi sector of Mumbai/India, in the context of the emergence of digital mobility platforms. By researching both platform and metered taxi driver’s everyday driving practices and socialities, he investigated the embeddedness of platform mobilities in the socio-spatial networks of the established metered taxi sector.
For the Fairwork project, Tobias is co-coordinating Fairwork’s research activities in several countries in South America and Asia. He is involved in the Fairwork Observatory’s cloudwork campaign on translation and transcription platforms and coordinates the project’s regional activities in Europe.
His recent publications include:
- “(In)Formality and the Janus Face of the platform: Production of the ‘space of taxi driving’ between everyday realities and rationalities of the state and market.” In: Surie A and Huws U (eds) Platformization and Informality: Pathways of Change, Alteration, and Transformation. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- 2022. “Going on a ride with Lefebvre: Everyday contestation of platform mobilities in Mumbai.” Applied Mobilities (2022): 1-17.
- 2022. “Socio-spatial embedding of platform mobilities. A study on taxi driving.” In: Sujata Patel, D. Parthasarathy, George Jose (Eds.): Mumbai/Bombay. Majoritarian Neoliberalism, Informality, Resistance, and Wellbeing. Taylor & Francis.
- Kuttler, T., Moraglio, M. 2021. Re-thinking Mobility Poverty: Understanding Users’ Geographies, Backgrounds and Aptitudes. Taylor & Francis.
For a full list of Tobias’ publications, see here.