Lecturer in Social Sience
Cardiff University

I have recently been appointed as a Lecturer in Social Science in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to this I have been employed as a Research Associate based in the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research & Data (WISERD). Since 2015 I worked across the Civil Society research centre, exploring the relationship between engagement with social media and civil society. This included research into the use of social media by social movements and during instances of collective and industrial action. I led - and am still involved in - research on the platform economy, including an ethnographic study of cycle couriers in Cardiff and alternative forms of work and organisation in the form of platform cooperativism.

I have experienced in developing innovative methodologies using social media and digital research methods. This has included content and social network analysis of Twitter data using Gephi, COSMOS and NodeXL and mobile digital methods such as GPS mapping and photography.

Broadly, my research interests centre around digital society and the impact of new technologies on people and places. My PhD thesis explored the changing landscape of digital surveillance and resistance and developed theories of social control and nodal governance. I have a background in criminology and sociology and prior to taking up my position in WISERD, worked on ESRC/EPSRC-funded research investigating business-related cybercrime in the UK. 

My current research involves a continuation of my work with WISERD, exploring various aspects of cycle courier employment in the platform economy, including workplace surveillance, subculture, leisure at work and geography/mobility.

 

 

 

 

 


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)
Machines, platforms and capabilities
Machines, platforms and capabilities utilises mixed methods to examine the significance of different sectors of the gig economy within local labour markets, and includes the study of co-operative alternatives to more dominant forms of platform capitalism. Start date provided
Research Team:
Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Work and Resistance in the Platform Economy
10th December 2019 |
Cardiff
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 Platform cooperativism in the UK: Resistance in the Digital Economy’
4th December 2018 |
Cardiff
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 |
Cardiff
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...
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Researching Surveillance and Digital Society
27th October 2015 |
Cardiff
This event was part of the WISERD Cardiff lunchtime seminar series which focused on research currently being undertaken by WISERD researchers. Presented By: Wil Chivers