Nick is a Lecturer in Digital Economy in the Department of Digital Humanities. With Helen Hester, he is currently writing a book on what anti-work politics and social reproduction theory can learn from each other. His next project will be on the political economy of artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining King’s in 2017, Nick previously taught at University of Westminster, University of West London, UCL, and City, University of London. He was also an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Platform economics
- The political economy of AI
- Anti-work politics
- Marxist economics
Nick’s current interests are in the digital economy, anti-work politics, and the development of Marxist economics. He has recently published a book, Platform Capitalism, which sets out a framework for understanding the novelties of businesses like Google, Amazon, and Alibaba – as well as how digital platforms generate new tendencies within our economies. He will be continuing this research by examining the political economy of AI and looking at how (beyond automation) AI will affect the power dynamics of contemporary capitalism.
Nick’s work is also engaged in the long tradition of anti-work politics. His first book, Inventing the Future (co-written with Alex Williams), was an attempt to elaborate an anti-work politics in the context of modern technological changes. His forthcoming book, After Work(co-written with Helen Hester), seeks to expand anti-work politics into the field of social reproduction by looking at how the often unwaged work of cleaning, cooking, and caring can be reduced within society.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Nick’s work has been discussed in a variety of media including The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and Libération. He has given public talks at places around the world, such as Glastonbury, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and has made a number of recent media appearances on BBC, Sky, Channel 4, and CBC.
Nick’s research has also been incorporated into art and design exhibitions across the globe, been taken up by political parties, and been the focus of debates in a number of countries. His book Inventing the Future is currently being produced into a documentary film, directed by Isiah Medina.