About me

Thomas AllmerI studied media and communication and political science at the University of Salzburg in Austria and the Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. After I had finished my PhD in 2014, I started as a Lecturer in Social Justice at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a post as a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK). Since 2019, I have been working as a Postdoc at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. I am also a Co-Director of The Institute for a Global Sustainable Information Society in Vienna, Austria. My publications include Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism with Peter Lang in 2012 and Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification with Routledge in 2015.


Invited talk on the panel ‘Digitale Arbeit, Möglichkeiten der Organisierung und gewerkschaftlicher Kämpfe’ at ver.di goes digital – Digitalkongress ver.di Bezirk München. Gewerkschaftshaus München, Germany. 7 March 2020.

Invited talk about the Political Economy of the Internet at the MARX IS MUSS Conference. Berlin, Germany. 22 May 2020, https://marxismuss.de – CANCELLED

Communication, Capitalism and Critique: Critical Media Sociology in the 21st Century, ESA RN18 Mid-Term Conference 2020, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, 10-12 September 2020, https://rn18esa.wordpress.com – CANCELLED

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Critical social theory
  • Political economy of media, information and communication
  • Sociology of technology
  • Digital labour and capitalism
  • Digital media and society
  • Privacy and surveillance studies
  • Universities and academic labour

Last update: January 2021