Podcast: introduction to platform work

A while ago, I was asked to make a podcast about the platform economy, instead of the planned lecture which was cancelled because of the COVID2019-crisis. I have never made a podcast before, so this one is full of brutal edits and in general it is much more rough than I would like. Also: I don’t like to listen to my voice myself, so imagine the struggle editing this.

Anyway, it is a broad introduction to the platform economy and some of its issues. The bit where I muse about representation of platform workers is based on a forthcoming publication by me and a Dutch colleague, about which I will write something later on.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The podcast is based loosely on the following literature:

Cutolo, D. and Kenney, M. (2019), “Platform-Dependent Entrepreneurs: Power Asymmetries, Risks, and Strategies in the Platform Economy”. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3372560 (Accessed 2 March 2020)

Evans, D. & Schmalensee, R. ( 2007), “The Industrial Organization of Markets with Two-Sided Platforms,” CPI Journal. Available at: https://www.nber.org/papers/w11603

Kenney, M. and Zysman, J. (2016), ”The rise of the platform economy. Issues in Science and Technology, XXXII (3)”. Available at: http://issues.org/32-3/the-rise-of-the-platform-economy/ (accessed 21 June 2019)

Langley, P., & Leyshon, A. (2017), ”Platform capitalism: the intermediation and capitalisation of digital economic circulation”, Finance and society, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 11-31.

Srnicek, N. (2017), Platform capitalism, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

Stanford, J. (2017), ”The resurgence of gig work: Historical and theoretical perspectives”, The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 382-401.


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