Books (monographs)

Wood A.J (2020) Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace. Cornell University Press: Iithaca NY.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Wood A.J (2020) Going Beyond Mobilisation at McDonald’s: The Lessons of ‘OUR Walmart’ for UK Unions. Capital and Class. Non-paywall version

Wood A.J, Graham M, Lehdonvirta V, Hjorth I (2019) Networked but Commodified: The (Dis)Embeddedness of Digital Labour in the Gig Economy. Sociology 53(5): 931-950.

Wood A.J (2019) The Taylor Review: Understanding the gig economy, dependency and the complexities of control. New Technology, Work and Employment 34(2): 111-115. Non-paywall version.

Wood A.J, Graham M, Lehdonvirta V, Hjorth I (2019) Good gig, bad gig: autonomy and algorithmic control in the global gig economy. Work, Employment and Society 33(1): 56-75.

Wright C, Wood A.J, Trevor J, McLaughlin C, Huang W, Harney B, Geelan T, Colfer B, Chang C, Brown W (2019) Towards a new web of rules: An international review of institutional experimentations to strengthen labour standards. Employee Relations 41(2): 313-330

Wood A.J (2018) Powerful Times: Flexible Discipline and Schedule Gifts at Work. Work, Employment and Society 32(6): 1061–1077.

Wood A.J, Lehdonvirta V, Graham M (2018) Workers of the Internet unite? Online freelancer organisation in six Asian and African countries. New Technology, Work and Employment 33(2): 95-112.

Wood A.J (2016) Flexible scheduling, the degradation of job quality and barriers to collective voice. Human Relations 69(10): 1989-2010.

Wood A.J (2015) Networks of injustice and worker mobilisation at Walmart. Industrial Relations Journal 46(4): 259–274.

Book Chapters

Wood A.J and Burchell B.J (2018) Unemployment and well-being. In Lewis A (ed) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. Non-paywall version.

Burchell B.J and Wood A.J (2017) You Are Never Secure: UK Workers in the Era of ‘Flexibility’. In Svendsen Z and Daw S (eds) World Factory: The Game. Nick Hern Books.

Policy Briefs

Pasquier V and Wood AJ (2018) The power of social media as a labour campaigning tool: lessons from OUR Walmart and the Fight for 15. European Trade Union Institute: European Economic, Employment and Social Policy Brief, 10: 1-6. Non-paywall version.


Graham M, Lehonvirta V, Wood A.J, Barnard H, Hjorth I, Simon D.P (2017) The Risks and Rewards of Digital Gig Work at The Global Margins. University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute.

Wood A.J, Burchell B.J and Coutts A (2016) From Zero Joy to Zero Stress: Making Flexible Scheduling Work: The University of Cambridge Zero2Zero Workshops. A report published as part of a ESRC Impact Acceleration Award project.

Wood A.J and Burchell B.J (2014) Zero Hour Contracts as a Source of Job Insecurity. Report submitted March 2014 to the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills Consultation on Zero Hour Contracts.

Wood A.J (2013) Organising the Future. A report for the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers (USDAW).

Book Reviews

Wood A.J. (2016) Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century. Work, Employment and Society. Accepted March 2016.

Wood A.J (2015) After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the 21st Century. Work, Employment and Society 29(5): 884-886.

Public Writing

Wood A.J and Graham M (2019) Networked but commodified: digital labour in the remote gig economy. New Internationalist, 28 February.

Wood A.J (2018) Post-Work Fallacies and the Social Reproduction of Capitalism. Futures of Work, 5 September.

Wood A.J and Graham M (2018) Challenging exploitation in the gig economy. New Internationalist, 8 August.

Wood A.J (2018) Three lessons the labour movement must learn from the Fight for 15 at Walmart. Open Democracy, June 8.

Wood A.J (2018) Taylor Review: The government must stop delaying protection for gig economy workers. New Statesman, 9 February.

Graham M and Wood A.J (2017) How to resist the exploitation of digital gig workers. Red Pepper, 14 April.

Wood A.J (2017) Trade unions, the internet, and surviving the gig economy. Open Democracy, 11 April.

Graham M and Wood A.J (2016) Why the digital gig economy needs co-ops and unions. Open Democracy, 15 September.

Wood A.J and Burchell B.J (2015) Zero Hours Employment: A New Temporality of Capitalism? Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom) , 16 September.

Wood A.J and Burchell B.J (2015) What Dave, Vince and Ed don’t tell you about zero-hours contracts. Open Democracy, 14 April.

Wood A.J (2014) Washing away capitalism: workers who’ve occupied their factory provide a space of hope. Open Democracy, 3 October.

Burchell B.J and Wood A.J (2014) Beyond zero-hours: reducing the misery of insecure hours. Safety
Management, 1 September.

Wood A.J (2014) Tony Benn: he encouraged me. Red Pepper, 14 March

Wood A.J (2013) Challenge to Walmart. New Internationalist, 1 November.

Wood A.J (2013) Winning at Walmart. Red Pepper. 7 June.

Wood A.J (2012) John Lewis cleaners celebrate victory. Red Pepper, 16 August.

Wood A.J (2012) A New Dawn? John Lewis cleaners’ strike. Red Pepper, 13 July.

Wood A.J (2011) Anti anti-growth and the fallacy of economics. Bright Green, 26 September.

In Development

Wood A.J and Lehdonvirta V (2019) ‘Platform Labour and Structured Antagonism: Understanding the Origins of Protest in the Gig Economy‘ Presented at the Oxford Internet Institute Platform Economy Seminar, March 5th 2019, Oxford UK. Non-paywall version.

Sofia M, Wood A.J, Burchell B.J (work in progress) An empirical critique of Graeber’s ‘Bullshit Jobs Theory’.

Wood A.J and Lehdonvirta V (work in progress) ‘Algorithmic insecurity, self-organisation and survival in the gig economy’.

Wood A.J and Lehdonvirta V (work in progress) ‘Beyond online spaces: the creation of places of work
community by spatially fragmented gig workers’ [planned submission in 2019 to Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

Wood A.J and Lehdonvirta V (work in progress) ‘Is the gig economy creating a precariat? Evidence from the global remote gig economy’.