Dr Phoebe V. Moore

Associate Professor of the Futures of WorkPhoebe Moore

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5994
  • Email: pm358@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: TC 0.33, Teaching Centre, Brookfield
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

I am a globally recognised expert on digitalisation and resultant changes to workplaces/spaces and working conditions. I have given over 20 keynote talks in over 7 countries about the current context of and probable futures for work and workers given technological advancements. I have published several research agenda and policy impacting reports for several elite organisations where I systematically unveil the possible risks and benefits of digital work’s future, focussing on artificial intelligence, data privacy and protection, wearable technologies, platform work and safety and health.

I have appeared in, and my research cited in several media outlets including BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Financial Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, Biz Tech, Business Investors Daily, and more. See some of these stories here.

Funded projects and commissions (since 2015.  See below for funding since 2004)

2020 - 2022 Mapping Identities for Data Explainability (MAIDEN) (PI Genovefa Kefalidou) Tiger Team

2018 – 2020 Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN) (PI) Network Grant from Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies to run several networking events and research workshops. (With Julie Chen, Mohammad Mousavi, Alistair McEwan)

2015 - 2017 British Academy/Leverhulme Grant (PI) to research the use of self-tracking health devices in companies.

-This project was entitled ‘Agility, Work and the Quantified Self’. I carried out field work over the course of the first year of the project with a company in Rotterdam that ran a Quantified Workplace project. I also visited a car factory and a technology centre to interview workers, trade unionists and managers and integrated findings into publications.

-Outputs include two published two articles (Employee Relations; Body & Society), one edited book (Palgrave Dynamics of Virtual Work series) and one published monograph (Jan 2018) that contain findings and writings over the course of the project.

EU-OSHA: I have been awarded funding from European Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) for the project entitled Advanced Robotics and AI-based Systems for Automation of Tasks and OSH. The project lasts from Sep 2020 - July 2023 [and is headed by the German Federal Institute for Safety and Health (baUa)]. Research involves interviewing fieldwork, literature review, and case studies which inform a series of Policy Briefs and Reports on these topics. I am heading the sections on AI based systems and so will be looking at predominantly at support for cognitive tasks where no physical handling of objects or persons is required, and modern information and communications technologies (ICT) are often deployed.

STOA European Parliament: I was selected and commissioned by the European Parliament Future of Science & Technology Office (STOA) to research topics for and write the large report Data subjects, digital surveillance, AI and the future of work. The project was managed by the Scientific Foresight Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS), of the Secretariat of the European Parliament. Watch my launch presentation for the European Parliament STOA panel here.

EU-OSHA: I was selected and commissioned to research on topics for and to write Moore, P. (2019) OSH and the Future of Work: Benefits & Risks of Artificial Intelligence tools in workplaces for the European Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA). This article discusses the potential implications of using digital developments, like artificial intelligence and ‘big data’, for OSH at the workplace. While it is clear that digital developments will change the way we work significantly, the question remains how this will impact on wellbeing, safety and health at the workplace. The article provides examples of how AI is being used in workplaces, such as for people analytics and recruitment procedures in human resources; for AI-augmented robotics; chat-bots in support centres; or wearable technologies in a production assembly line.

UN ILO: I was the invited expert to the research working group and commissioned to write Moore, P. (2018) The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence & Harassment in Digitalized Work for The United Nations’ International Labour Organisation (ILO) ACTRAV. This commissioned report informed Labour Standard C190: The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence & Harassment in Digitalized Work. The new Standard, now in place, focusses on the risks of violence and harassment against workers, in both traditional and digitalized workplaces.

UN OHCHR: I was the invited expert with knowledge about women working in STEM and ICT, to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s Europe Regional Consultation: Women’s Human Rights in the changing world of Work consultation, convened by the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, on the occasion of its 25th session, Geneva, 13 June 2019 10:00am – 18:00pm. This is my talk: How is technological change impacting on women’s experiences of work

Weizenbaum Institute: 2018-19, I carried out a prestigious Research Fellowship at the Weizenbaum Institute, linked with the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre focussing on topics do with AI, digitalisation and work. Outputs include a recorded Weizenbaum Fellow lecture on ‘The Search for (Artificial) Intelligence in Work Design History’; one AI and Work report for EU-OSHA and an essay on the ‘Quantified Workplace’ for the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Field Guide to the Future of Work.

Past work: I have been writing about work and worker struggle since 1997 when I lived in South Korea during the East Asian economic crisis, and my research highlights specific pressures workers face in contemporary and historical context. My current research looks at the impact of technology on work from a critical perspective, looking at quantification through wearable tracking and algorithmic decision-making as a set of management techniques where control and resistance emerge as well as new risks of psychosocial and physical violence (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). My previous work looked at the role of trade unions in international development and poverty policy in relation to International Labour Organization’s multilateral relationships (2014); subjectivity and the radical potentials of non-proprietary peer to peer production linking workers across virtual spaces (2009, 2011); and the globalization of worker education from a neo-Gramscian perspective where hegemony is not yet solidified, evidenced through consistent worker uprisings internationally (2005, 2006, 2007).


  • Big Data and People Analytics in Human Resources
  • Management in Practice
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Doctoral Training: Research Philosophy
  • DSocSci: Foundations in Research Science
  • Dissertation Preparation

Administrative Responsibilities

  • ULSB Athena SWAN Lead and Committee Director Equalities, Diversity, Inclusion and Development (SED)
  • Co-founder: Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Modelling (AIDAM)
  • Director - Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy (CPPE)
  • Co-lead: Leicester Artificial Intelligence Network (LAIN)
  • ULSB Research Development Officer
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) Internal Review Team

Research themes

  • Empirical categories: technology in workplaces and workspaces, including wearable tracking technologies and workplace surveillance in human resource processes including algorithmic decision-making, electronic performance monitoring, automation, and people analytics; artificial intelligence (AI) augmented systems, tools and applications in the workplace; platform/gig work and crowdsourcing; risks and possible benefits workers face in these contexts for occupational safety and health (OSH); psychosocial and physical violence and harassment.
  • Theoretical and philosophical influences: digital sociology, critical theory, social reproduction, feminism, emotional and affective labour, science and technology, work and employment studies, human resources, humans as resource, human computer interaction, debates in critical international political economy.


I am happy to consider applications for PhD research in the areas I research.


Single authored monographs

Moore, PV (2018) The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts, Advances in Sociology series (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Advances in Sociology series) ISBN 9781138674066

Reviewed in the following:

David Beer, Saori Shibata, Review Symposium Information, Communication & Society 26/02/2018

Deborah N. Brewis, Organization 10/04/18

Jamie Morgan, Capital & Class 20/05/18

Moore, PV (2010) The International Political Economy of Work and Employability (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series) ISBN 0230517943.

Reviewed in Global Discourse (2011) Volume 2: Issue II: Special Issue Part 2: Review Symposium Examining the Contemporary Relevance of Marxism.

Moore, PV (2012/2007) Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia: A Neo-Gramscian Critique of South Korea’s Political Economy (I.B. Tauris). ISBN 1845113780. Paperback published November 2012 ISBN 1780760337.

Reviewed in Capital & Class (2010) February (34), 144-146.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Moore, PV and Joyce, S. (2020) ‘Black Box or Hidden Abode? The Expansion and Exposure of Platform Work Managerialism’. Special Issue ‘The Political Economy of Management’, eds. Samuel Knafo and Matthew Eagleton-Pierce. Review of International Political Economy 27(3).

Moore, PV (2020) ‘The mirror for (artificial) intelligence: In whose reflection?’. Special Issue ‘Automation, AI, and Labour Protection’, ed. Valerio de Stefano, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal.

Moore, PV (2019)Watching the Watchers: Surveillance at Work and Notes for Trade Unionists’. International Journal of Labour Research (ILJR) Future of Work (FoW) research project issue by ACTRAV FoW lead. The IJLR is the official journal of International Labour Organization Labour Bureau, ACTRAV.

Moore, PV (2018) Tracking affective labour for agility in the quantified workplace, Body & Society 24(3): 39-67. This article is part of a range of dissemination from British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded project where I interviewed employees involved in self-tracking projects organised by employers over the course of one year.

Moore, P and Piwek, Lukasz (2017) ‘Regulating Wellbeing in the Brave New Quantified Workplace’, Employee Relations 39(3): 308-316.

Akhtar, Pav and Moore, PV (2016) ‘The psycho-social impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces and trade union responses’, International Journal of Labour Research (journal of International Labour Organisation ACTRAV) issue edited by Anna Biondi and Vera Guseva 8(1-2): 102 – 131.

Moore, PV and Robinson, Andrew (2015 DOI, 2016 print) ‘The Quantified Self: What Counts in the Neoliberal Workplace’ New Media & Society (number 2 journal in Communications) 18(1), 2774 – 2792.

Moore, PV (2014) ‘Legitimacy, Tribridity, and Decent Work Deficits’, Globalizations (IF .918 2015) 11(3), 315 – 330

Moore, PV and Forkert, Kirsten (2014) ‘Class and panic in British Immigration’ Capital & Class October 2014 38(3), 497-505

Moore, PV (2012) ‘Where is the study of work in critical International Political Economy?’ International Politics 49(2), 215–237

Moore, PV (2011) ‘Subjectivity in the Ecologies of P2P Production’ The Journal of Fibreculture FCJ-119. Online, available: http://seventeen.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj-119-peer-to-peer-production-a-revolutionary-or-neoliberal-mode-of-subjectivation/

Moore, PV (2009) ‘UK Education, Employability, and Everyday Life’ Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies 7(1), 243 – 273

Moore, PV and Taylor, Paul A (2009) ‘Exploitation of the Self in Community-based Software Production – Workers’ Freedoms or Firm Foundations?’ Capital & Class 97: 99–120

Moore, PV (2006) ‘Global Knowledge Capitalism, Self-woven Safety Nets, and the Crisis of Employability’ Global Society 20(4), 453-473

Moore, PV (2005) ‘Revolutions from Above: Worker Training as Trasformismo in South Korea’ Capital & Class 86, 39-72

Commissioned articles

Moore, PV (2020) Data Subjects, Digital Surveillance, AI and the Future of Work (European Parliament Science and Technology Office, Brussels). (Policy report) (STOA brief and video)

Moore, PV (2020) Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance in the Digital Era: Implications for Workers’ Privacy and Data Protection. European Parliament Scientific Foresight Unit.

Moore, PV (2018) Occupational Safety and Health and the Future of Work: Benefits & Risks of Artificial Intelligence tools in Workplace.s European Union Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

Moore, PV (2018) 'The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence and Harassment in Digitalized Work' commissioned discussion paper prepared for United Nations International Labour Organization, ACTRAV. Paper commissioned to inform research leading up to C190 - Violence and Harassment Convention, approved in 2019.

Moore, PV and Piwek, Lukasz (2015) ‘Unintended Consequences and Dark Sides of Quantifying Selves’’, Sustainable Societies Network commissioned paper, Available online: https://www.academia.edu/15382200/Unintended_Consequences_The_Dark_Sides_of_Quantifying_Selves commissioned paper to advise EPSRC and other funding councils regarding the types of research it should issue a call for around the quantified self and big data.

Edited books

Moore, PV, Upchurch, Martin, Whittaker, Xanthe (eds) (2017) Humans and machines at work: monitoring, surveillance and automation in contemporary capitalism (Palgrave, Dynamics of Virtual Work series) I am first author for the introduction and author of two other chapters.

Moore, PV, Bergamaschi, Isalene, Tickner, Arlene (eds) (2016) South-South Cooperation Beyond Myths: A Critical Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series).

Moore, PV and Worth, Owen (2009) Globalisation and the New Semi-peripheries in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series).

Moore, PV and Pettiford, Lloyd (2003) Foreign Policy of the Great Powers: China and Japan. in Politics and Diplomacy Since World War II, Tauris Guide to International Relations (I.B. Tauris), co-edited with Dr Lloyd Pettiford, ISBN-10: 1860649297.

Book chapters

Moore, PV, Piwek, Lukasz, Roper, Ian (2017) ‘The Quantified Workplace: a study in self tracking, agility and change management’, for Btihaj Ajana (ed.) The Quantified Self: Empirical and philosophical studies of self-tracking cultures (Palgrave Pivot).

Moore, PV (2015) ‘Tracking Bodies, the Quantified Self and the Corporeal Turn’, in Kees van der Pijl (ed) The International Political Economy of Production (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), 394 – 408.

Moore, PV, Upchurch, Martin and Kunter, Aylin (2014) ‘Marketisation, Commodification and the Implications for Teachers’ Autonomy in England’ Sraffa and Althusser Reconsidered; Neoliberalism Advancing in South Africa, England, and Greece, Research in Political Economy Vol 29 (Emerald), 133 – 153.

Moore, PV and Dannreuther, Charles (2009) ‘Turkey in the World System and the New Orientalism’ in P Moore and Owen Worth (eds.) Globalisation and the New Semi-peripheries in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series), 138 – 158.

Moore, PV (2009) ‘Globalization of the Labour Culture in the Republic of Korea: What ‘Tripartite Relations’ Mean for Workers’ in David Wilson and Rupert Maclean (eds.) International Handbook on Education for the World of Work: Bridging Academic and Vocational Education (Heidelberg, Springer Publishing) ISBN 978-1-4020-5280-4, 673 – 688.

Moore, PV (2003) ‘Japan/US Alliance and China relations: What future for Asian Pacific Security?’ in Phoebe Moore and Dr Lloyd Pettiford (eds.) Foreign Policy of the Great Powers: China and Japan (I.B. Tauris).

Edited Special Issues

Moore, PV, Kendra Briken and Frank Engster (2020). ‘Machines and Measure’, Capital & Class. Featuring articles by  Moritz Altenried, Kendra Briken, Marco Briziarelli & Emiliana Armano, Frank Engster, Phoebe Moore, F. Harry Pitts, Jamil Rabih, Adrian Mengay, and Christopher Wimmer. This Special Issue constitutes in part the proceedings from the event Phoebe Moore organised and was hosted by CPPE, also entitled Machines and Measure, in 2018.

Moore, PV with Bailey, David (contracted December 2016) ‘Extra-capitalist impulses in the midst of the crisis: perspectives and positions outside of capitalism’, Globalizations.

Moore, PV (2015 August) ‘The Future and Praxis of Decent Work’, Global Labour Journal.

Moore, PV with Karatzogianni, Athina (2009) ‘Parallel Visions of Peer Production’, Capital & Class 97.

Other publications/book reviews

2017: Review of Dawn Nafus (ed) (2016) Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life in Technology, Culture and Society.

2017 fc: Review of John Fox (2015) Marx, the Body, and Human Nature in Body in Capital & Class.

2014 April: Review of Maurizio Atzeni (ed.) (2014) Workers and Labour in a Globalised Capitalism: Contemporary Themes and Theoretical Issues, in Global Labour Journal 5: 2.

2013 Jan: Contribution to the Global Labour Column with my piece ‘Where is decent work in DfID policy? Marketisation and securitisation of UK international aid’ Available online: http://column.global-labour-university.org/.

2008: ‘Global Governance: Lest We Forget’ in The International Studies Review 10: 2 (I was commissioned to write this feature review essay on four books about work and globalisation).

2006: review of P. Brown and A. Hesketh (2004) The Mismanagement of Talent: Employability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy (Oxford, Oxford University Press), British Journal of Industrial Relations.

2001: review of W. Jones (ed.) (2001) Critical theory and world politics (Colorado, Lynne Rienner), in Millennium Journal of International Studies 30:2.

Most Recent Publications

Moore, PV (2017) The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts, Advances in Sociology series (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge).

Moore, PV, Upchurch, Martin, Whittaker, Xanthe (eds) (2017) Humans and machines at work: monitoring, surveillance and automation in contemporary capitalism (Palgrave, Dynamics of Virtual Work series).

Moore, PV and Piwek, Lukasz (2017) ‘Regulating Wellbeing in the Brave New Quantified Workplace’, Employee Relations 39(3): 308-316.

Akhtar, Pav and Moore, PV (2016) ‘The psycho-social impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces and trade union responses’, International Journal of Labour Research (journal of International Labour Organisation ACTRAV) issue edited by Anna Biondi and Vera Guseva 8(1-2): 102 – 131.

Moore, PV and Robinson, Andrew (2015 DOI, 2016 print) ‘The Quantified Self: What Counts in the Neoliberal Workplace’ New Media & Society (number 2 journal in Communications) 18(1), 2774 – 2792.

Research and Innovation Funding (since 2004)

2016 New Materialisms III (PI) This was the third workshop funding of a seminar series I initiated, commissioned and organised or co-organised at Universities of Westminster and Kingston (at St Martins) and Middlesex University. I designed this seminar series to capture debates in ‘new materialism’ that are happening in Marxist, feminist, and poststructuralist spheres.

2014 Nov Sustainable Societies Network EPSRC (PI) Development Grant award for my interventions on the Quantified Self entitled ‘Unintended Consequences and the Dark Side of the Quantified Self’. (also in ‘commissioned work’ below)

2014 Nov University of Middlesex Sandpit Grant (PI) for my project ‘The Quantified Self at Work’.

-I used this grant to attend the Quantified Self Expo in San Francisco, California where I ran a breakaway session entitled ‘The Quantified Self at Work’ with the data analyst on my BA/Leverhulme project Joost Plattel. I also conducted interviews there for my book and articles.

2014 July British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Co-Investigator (Co-I) Integrated Mixed Methods in Labour Research Network. (This award was granted to Manchester University and I had access to travel funding for research meetings.)

2014 June British International Studies Association (BISA) (Co-I) International Political Economy Group (IPEG), Gender in International Relations Working Group (GIRWG) University of Middlesex Law School funded conference Theorising Social Reproduction organised with Eleonore Kofman, run at Middlesex University.

2014 Feb BISA IPEG and BISA Teaching and Learning Group (BLT) (PI) funding for Education Meets Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Precarity workshop.

2013 13-14 Feb European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) (PI) funding for The Future and Praxis of Decent Work, event at International Centre for Development and Decent Work, Kassel University, Germany.

2012 May Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (Co-I) Art and the Public Sphere project. (£9250) (This grant was awarded to Loughborough University, I had access to travel funding for research meetings.)

2012 April University of Salford Vice Chancellor Foresight Prize (P-I) to set up the distance learning version and market the MA in International Relations and Globalisation.

2009 Nov University of Salford Annual Disbursement Fund (P-I) for the international conference Media Ecologies and Postindustrial Production.

2009 International Studies Association (P-I) international travel grant.

2008 British Academy (P-I) international travel grant.

2004 – 2005 Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) (P-I) Post-doctoral Fellowship (competitive) Vocational Training in East Asia: The Impact of Curricula Reform on Workers, University of Manchester.

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