Matthew Cole and Shelly Steward join the Fairwork team

Posted on 28.10.2020
Shelly and Matt

We are very excited to introduce the new Postdoctoral Researchers at Fairwork UK.

Shelly Steward is an economic sociologist and applied scholar who studies the changing nature of work. Her work in research and policy strives to identify the challenges faced by workers and develop solutions that build a more equitable economy. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an AB with highest honors in sociology from Harvard. She is also affiliated with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative in the US and the University of California’s Washington Center.

Matthew Cole completed his PhD at the University of Leeds in 2019. Titled “The Politics of Service Production: Experiences of Low-Waged Hospitality Work in London” it examined the production of experience as a commodity and conflict in the labour process. His post-doctoral research broadly concerns the political economy of technology and work, particularly the role of artificial intelligence and platforms in the transformation of capital-labour relations. He is also a research affiliate at Autonomy.

As postdoctoral researchers, they will be working across a number of projects within the growing number of country operations at Fairwork. Stay tuned for more information on their work!