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Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory
Dr Karen Gregory
Lecturer in Digital Sociology; Programme Director, MSc Digital Society
6.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 6511334
Research Interests
Digital Sociology, Digital Labor, Gender and Technology, Social media, ethnography, Mixed methods research in social sciences, Sharing Economy, Platform Society, Algorithmic Society, Supply chains and digital infrastructure

I am a digital sociologist, ethnographer, and lecturer in the department of sociology at the University of Edinburgh and Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Society. I'm currently at work on a research project that examines the possibilities for solidarity in a digital economy, conducting interviews among Deliveroo riders in Scotland. I am particularly interested in the notion of "resilience" and the ways in which everyday working people navigate shifting economies and technological terrains. I'm also interested in new and emerging digital research methods and research ethics in digital scholarship. Additionally, I work on issues of digital labor in higher education. 

Before coming to Edinburgh, I was a lecturer in Division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York, where I developed and ran the City Lab, a digital collaboration that brought faculty together to develop and highlight digital resources and support for writing, research, communication. 

Here is a list of upcoming events and talks: 

You can also find me online, here:  @claudiakincaid


Daniels, J., K. Gregory, and T. McMillan-Cottom. 2016. Digital Sociologies. Bristol: Policy Press.


Gregory, K. 2018. "Pushed and Pulled to the Internet: Self-Employment in the Spiritual Marketplace." American Behavioral Scientist. Vol 62 (2) 208–224.

Gregory, K. and Singh, Sava Saheli. 2018. "Anger in Academic Twitter: Sharing, Caring, and Getting Mad Online." Triple C: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique. Vol 16 (1): 176-193.

Gregory, K. & Winn, J. 2016. Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor. Workplace, 28, 1-8.

Aronowitz, S. & Gregory, K. 2016. "Jobless Higher Ed: Revisited, An Interview with Stanley Aronowitz." Workplace, 28, 130-135.

Orton-Johnson, K., Prior, N. and Gregory, K. 2015. "Sociological Imagination: Digital Sociology and the Future of the Discipline." Special Section on Digital Sociology. The Sociological Review.​

Daniels, J., M. K. Gold, with members of the Inq13 Collective (K. Gregory et al.). 2014. “The Inq13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning.” Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 5, online ed. (July 15, 2014).

Gregory, K. 2013. “Quality Is Our Recipe: Gaming the Lost Affect of Care.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 23(4)

Gregory, K. 2013. “The Teaching of Labor and the Labor of Teaching: Reflections on Publicness and Professionalism.” Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 3, online ed. (November 12, 2013).

Gregory, K. 2012. “Negotiating Precarity: Tarot as Spiritual Entrepreneurialism.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 40(3/4). 

Gregory, K. 2011. "A Night at Tarot School."Frequencies: An On-line Journal of the Social Science Research Council

Clough, P. and Gregory, K. 2010. “Playing and Praying to the Beat of a Child’s Metronome.” Subjectivity 3(4).


Brundage, L., Gregory, K., and Sherwood, E.  2018. "Working Nine to Five: What a Way to Make an Academic Living?" in Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press.

Gregory, K. 2016. “In the Cards: From Hearing ‘Things’ to Human Capital.” In Object Oriented Feminisms, ed. Katherine Behar. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Gregory. K. 2016. "Can Tech Schools Go Cooperative?" In Ours to Hack and to Own, ed. Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. New York: OR Books.

Clough, P., K. Gregory, B. Haber, and J. Scannell. 2015. “The Datalogical Turn.” In Nonrepresentational Methodologies: Re-Envisioning Research, ed. Phillip Vannini, 182–206. Oxford: Taylor & Francis. 

"The Datalogical Turn" was reprinted and also appears in Clough, P. 2018. The User Unconscious. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Gregory, K2018. "Speak on Command: A review of Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Centre Workforce.New Labor Forum.

Gregory, K. 2017. "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy." Journal of Cultural Economy. 10(6): 552-555.

Gregory, K. 2015. "Grounding Discussions of the Digital." Journal of Interactive Pedagogy 6, online ed. (March 5, 2015)​


Gregory, K. 2017. “Digital Labor.” In Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed. Ed. George Ritzer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


Gregory, K. 2018. "The Future of Work." Public Services International Congress. Geneva, Switzerland.

Gregory, K. 2017. "The Labor of Digital Scholarship." Talk given at the University of Edinburgh. Audio and Slides available:

Gregory, K. 2016. "Digital Labour and Exploitation: It's not a Done Deal." Oxford Internet Institute.

Gregory, K., Singh, S.S., and McMillan Cottom, T. 2015. "New Topics in Social Computing: Data and Education":


What To Do if Your Boss is an Algorithm, BBC Ideas, April 2019:

Interviewed for "Love, Life, and Algorithms", BBC Radio Scotland, February 2019

Quoted in "Trade Unions and Academics Seek Ways to Adapt to Modern Economy",  Evening Express, February 2019:

Interviewed for: "This "Creepy" Time-Tracking Software Is Like Having Your Boss Watch You Every Second." August 7, 2018

Cited in: "How the left must respond to the real automation crisis." The Herald Scotland. July 3, 2018

Sadowski, J. and Gregory, K. 2017. "Amazon is running its own hunger games – and all the players will be losers." The Guardian.

Gregory, K. and Hendry, K., Watts, J., Young, D. 2017. "Selfwork." Real Life.

Gregory, K. 2016. "Brexit and the Stateless: Digital Citizenship in an Era of Instability." Bella Caledonia.

Gregory, K. 2015. "Media Matters." The New Inquiry.

Sadowski, J. and Gregory, K. 2015. "Is Uber's Ultimate Goal the Privatization of City Governance?" The Guardian.

Gregory, K. 2015. "Good Wives: Algorithmic Architectures as Metabolization" Boundary 2.

Gregory, K. 2015. “Weird Solidarities.” Dis Magazine.

Gregory, K. 2015. “Serios Matters: The Thoughtographic Photography of Ted Serios.”

Gregory, K. 2014. “The Public Is Political.” New Criticals.

Gregory, K. 2013. “Magical Surpluses.” The New Inquiry.

Gregory, K. 2012. “Geographies of Intimacy.” The State

Gregory, K. 2012. “Mediums of Exchange.” The New Inquiry.

For more web-based writing, please see: Digital Labor Working Group, which I co-founded in 2014.

Featured in Ed Reform:
Anya Kamenitz. 2015. “Ten Indispensible Women Transforming Education.”

Interviewed for Buzzfeeed Tech story:
Caroline O’Donovan. 2015. “What if You Could Crowdsource a Loan?”

Quoted in NPR’s 2015 Education Predictions:

Interviewed for New York Times story: Altman, Anna. 2014. “Paying For Quality Education.”

Interviewed for Washington Post story: Dewey, Caitlin. 2014. “The Many Problems with SketchFactor, the New Crowdsourcing App That Many Are Calling Racist.”

Interviewed for Guernica Magazine story: Reider, Rachel. 2014. “The Teaching Class”

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of: digital sociology, digital labor, studies of social media, work and technology, and affective and emotional labor studies.

If you are interested in being supervised by Karen Gregory, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology