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All about me!

Academia page: (many of Moore’s pre-print publications here!)

Twitter handle: @phoebemoore

Work profile page:

Dr Phoebe Moore is an active researcher and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Middlesex University in London. She has been teaching International Relations and International Political Economy since September 2000 in the United Kingdom and has published several books, articles and reports about labour struggle, industrial relations and the impact of technology on workers’ everyday lives. Dr Moore’s PhD is from Nottingham University under the supervision of Professor Andreas Bieler and was entitled ‘Neoliberal Globalisation and Labour Struggle in South Korea’.

Dr Moore won the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Post-doctoral Fellowship and carried this out at the University of Manchester.

Research Grants: Dr Moore has been awarded many external and internal grants that reflect her ability to seek out and secure research funding.

Most recently, Dr Moore won the British Academy/Leverhulme award to research the use of self-tracking health devices in companies (2015-17). This cutting edge project is entitled Agility, Work and the Quantified Self. She is lead Social Scientist researching the project The Quantified Workplace at a company in the Netherlands. Dissemination includes sections in Phoebe Moore’s forthcoming book The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts (September 2017) and the paper ‘Regulating wellbeing in the brave new quantified workplace’, P. Moore and L. Piwek (2017) in Employee Relations 39(3): 308-316.

Publications: Please see Dr Moore’s recent publications on her Academia site and using the Middlesex University Research Repository.

Recent impact and media appearances:

2016 United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO). Dr Moore was invited as an expert advisor for the UNI Global Union Professionals and Managers section at the ILO meetings on Violence against Women and Men in the World of Work in October 2016.

Her work was cited in the ACTRAV report that was published after this expert meeting ACTRAV (2017) on page 109, where Moore’s research for the BA/Leverhulme project is used in a case study. ACTRAV is the Labour Bureau of the ILO and this report feeds into discussions for a new labour standard or convention, entitled ‘Violence and Harrassment Against Women and Men in the World of Work: Trade Union Perspectives and Action’.

Dr Moore’s article, ‘The psycho-social impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces and trade union responses’, co-authored with Pav Akhtar, has been published in the ILO ACTRAV’s International Journal of Labour Research on a special issue on this topic.

2017 Financial Times. Interview featured in FT article ‘Wearables in the Workplace and the Dangers of Employee Surveillance’ in the report on Employment: Best Practice

Transparency is crucial in forming [a wearables in workplace] strategy’, says Phoebe Moore, an academic who works with multinational companies and unions to devise codes of conduct about their data gathering practices. She adds that often workers do not realise the extent to which they are being observed, from their emails being read to voice and motion technology being used to analyse how great a contribution they make in meetings. Ms Moore recommends that employees are involved in the process of formulating a data policy and that the guidelines are very clear in stating why data are captured and what they are used for. “Communication [with staff] is very important,” she says. “Who owns the data? Who stores it? Can it be sold?”

2017 BizTech. Interview featured in article ‘Want to Improve Employee Productivity? Wearables Could be the Answer’

Businesses are looking to technology to measure workers’ activities, creating a more productive and efficient workforce, says Dr. Phoebe Moore, a senior lecturer at Middlesex University in London who has done extensive research on the subject.

The growing initiative, called the “quantified self at work” or the “quantified workplace,” comes in many forms, Moore says. In some cases, businesses equip employees with wearable sensors that track their movements and speech patterns. Through data analysis, employers then look for trends and make adjustments aimed at boosting performance — perhaps, by redesigning office spaces to encourage communication and collaboration.

In other instances, companies use gamified, goal-setting apps, which provide a central dashboard for managers and employees to track and discuss their progress.

According to Moore, one popular way for businesses to implement the quantified workplace is through corporate wellness programs that outfit workers with fitness trackers, measuring the distance they walk each day.

…balance is just what companies should strive for when pursuing the quantified workplace, Moore says: “The ideal scenario is one that benefits both the workers and the people who run the company.

2016 BBC Radio 4. Interview featured in the radio programme ‘Work‘ as part of the series FutureProofing, based on contribution to the Implant Party at FutureFest London

2016 The Atlantic. ‘How Fitness Trackers Make Leisure More Like Work’ Dr Moore’s academic work is referenced by Frank Pasquale

2015 Business Investors Daily. ‘Employee Time-Tracking Software Raises Privacy Issues’ Julia Chen interviewed and then discusses Dr Moore’s research, quoting her

2014 Index on Censorship. ‘From the Factory Floor’ Vicky Baker interviewed Dr Moore about her research and quotes her

2014 Imperica magazine. ‘Phoebe Moore: Wearable Politics’ A feature article was printed on Dr Moore’s research


Hear some of her talks:

27/01/17 ‘The Algorithmic Self at Work’, NUI Galway ‘Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project’ talk

14/11/16 ‘The Quantified Self at Work’, Cambridge University CRASSH Ethics of Big Data invited research seminar talk

01/11/16 The Gig Economy and the Automation Revolution: Capitalism or Cooperativism? King’s College London invited plenary talk

13/10/16 Self-tracking Wellcome Trust invited plenary talk

15/06/16 Making sense of the Quantified Self data, Denmark Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, filmed discussant


Research Network Leadership:

2015-17 Executive Board Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN). Elected member.

2014-15 Executive Board British International Studies Association. Elected member.

2011-14 Convenor for International Political Economy Group Dr Moore created a new website and was responsible for the managing and updating, budget, organised several events and helped with events organised by members, managed the email list and mentored junior researchers.

Book Prize Judge: Dr Moore was the judge on the IPEG Book Prize panel (2011 – 2014)

IPEG Discussion Paper Series: Phoebe was the Editor for this series (2007 – 2011)

Convenor for the Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) South Group


Editorial Boards:

Capital & Class Senior Editor. Editorial board member since 2006

Globalizations Editorial Board member since 2013



ESRC Peer Review College member since 2012


Advisory and consultancy roles:

Dr Moore has provided paid consultancy for businesses interested in her research on the quantified self at work

Dr Moore is on the steering committee for a group organised by the Institution for Engineering and Technology that is looking at creating a code of conduct for Industrie 4.0 business strategy (2016+)

Dr Moore worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Training for the Trainers programmes in Ankara and Sarajevo presenting work on employability and UK education policy (2008 – 2009)

Phoebe presented research to the Korea Research Institute of the Korean Ministry of Labour on employability and UK education policy (2009)


Recent panel/stream organisation

2017 Organising Team IIPPE/CPERN as the CPERN Executive Board member and network liaison

2016 Section Co-Chair ‘Mapping Alternative Routes out of Capitalism’. International Initiatives in Political Economy, Lisbon (with Dr David Bailey)

2016 Symposium ‘Surveillance at Work’, International Labour Process Conference, Berlin (gained book contract with Dynamics of Virtual Work series edited by Prof Ursula Huws and Prof Rosalind Gill)

2011-14 IPEG Convenor. Dr Moore organised and helped colleagues organise several workshops and conferences in this role


Gain a high-profile placement at Middlesex University: Dr Moore is the convenor for and secures high-profile placements for students on the Practicum in International Organisations.

Travel and outreach for work: Dr Moore has conducted field work in Seoul, Korea several times. She has worked and works with trade unions, researchers, businesses and social movements around issues to do with the impact of technology on work, vocational training, education reforms and industrialisation.

Previous life: Dr Moore has worked for the United Nations University as a research assistant on projects on global governance and democracy; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office doing consultancy for Training the Trainers in Turkey; UNESCO as a freelance rapporteur; the Institute for Global Democracy as a research assistant; the Korean Cultural Institute as an Employment Specialist helping Korean and Russian immigrant workers locate work; AmeriCorps as a volunteer translating for social workers and young families in Hispanic communities; Si Sa Yong o Sa as an English teacher and organiser of political discussion groups; La Dolce Vita preparing coffee and desserts; Burgerworks preparing sodas; Moog preparing drinks and food; and various call centres selling all things from life insurance to air duct cleaning.

Phoebe grew up in Yarinacocha, Peru and has lived in Seoul, Tokyo, Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Nottingham, Lincoln, Manchester and she now lives in London with her husband, cat and books (including cookbooks).


One comment on “All about me!

  1. James Taddeo
    February 7, 2015

    Dear Dr. Moore,
    I just discovered your awesome website and it fascinates me! I am doing some independent research into political economy development models and I am wondering if you might have the time to add some perspective to some questions I have? Let me know at Thanks!

    James Taddeo

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