Social Media Research Associate
Cardiff University

Wil is a WISERD Research Associate based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. His PhD thesis explores the nature of contemporary governance by examining the changing landscape of digital surveillance and resistance. Wil has a background in criminology and sociology and prior to taking up his current position in WISERD, worked on ESRC/EPSRC-funded research investigating business-related cybercrime in the UK.

Wil is working across the WISERD Civil Society research programme, exploring the relationship between engagement with social media and civil society. He is also drawing on an interest in developing innovative methodologies to examine the potential that social media research methods can bring to this field.

Currently Wil is involved in research for WISERD Civil Society that is investigating the role social media plays for trade unions in the UK, including following the development of industrial action by employees of McDonald's and TGI Fridays employees. He is also exploring issues facing workers in the gig economy and alternatives to platform capitalism such as platform cooperativism. 

Trade unions and social media
This project is currently considering the potential value of an analysis of virtual patterns of trade union organisation and mobilisation and specifically the contribution of social media to the rescaling of trade unionism. This includes both: the virtual linkages of the
Research Team:
Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Steve Davies (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University)
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar
Platform cooperativism in the UK: Resistance in the Digital Economy’
4th December 2018 |
Presented by Wil Chivers , Cardiff University This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm availability of places. For further information please...
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar
Forms of ‘connective action’? Social media and the Labour Movement
10th July 2018 |
Presented by Helen Blakely and Wil Chivers, Cardiff University. This seminar is part of the WISERD Cardiff lunchtime seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm space availability. For more information...