Dr Phoebe V. Moore

Associate Professor of Political Economy and TechnologyPhoebe Moore

Contact details

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

Personal details

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).

I carried out a prestigious Research Fellowship at the Weizenbaum Institute, linked with the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre in the Autumn 2018, focussing on artificial intelligence (AI) and work. Outputs include a recorded Weizenbaum Fellow lecture on ‘The Search for (Artificial) Intelligence in Work Design History’; one EU Office of Safety and Health at Work report on AI and occupational safety and health at work (launched February 2019); 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.

Teaching

  • Research Philosophy
  • Managing Research and Dissertation Preparation
  • International Business

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Research Development Officer, School of Business
  • Research Excellence Framework Review Team, Management and Organisation Division

Research

  • Empirical categories: Quantified work: technology and work including wearable tracking technologies and workplace surveillance in human resource processes including algorithmic decision-making, electronic performance monitoring, automation, and people analytics; gig work and crowdsourcing; risks workers face in these contexts of psychosocial and physical violence and harassment.
  • Workers’ resistance and struggles: trade unions, alternative organising.
  • Theoretical and philosophical influences: Marx, Gramsci, Federici, Spinoza and more; post-autonomists and post-Marxian; debates in international political economy, social reproduction, feminism, emotional and affective labour, science and technology, employment studies

Supervision

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

Publications

Single authored monographs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commissioned articles

Moore, P (2018) 'The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence and Harassment in Digitalized Work' commissioned discussion paper prepared for International Labour Organization, ACTRAV, to inform new instrument addressing Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work.

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

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

Moore, P 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, P, 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, P (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, P, 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, P 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, P (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, P (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).

Guest Edited Special Issues

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

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

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

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

Akhtar, Pav and Moore, P (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, P 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.

Conferences

I run the Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) South Group research network in my role as Capital & Class senior editor. Workshops I have organised in this remit include (not a comprehensive list):

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