BA Sociology University of Texas at Austin (1996)
MA International Relations International University of Japan, Niigata (2000)
PhD Politics and International Relations University of Nottingham (2005)
Dr Phoebe Moore is an active researcher and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. 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. 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 Rotterdam and has published her first report on the project on the company's website.
Read her Blog and Publications: Please see Dr Moore's blog Global Judgements and Ideas and explore some of her recent publications on her Academia site and using the Middlesex University Research Repository.
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).
Spanish intermediate, Japanese intermediate, Korean conversational.
Teaching at all levels: Dr Moore, since the year 2000, has designed and taught over 30 higher education modules at every level and supervised over 100 UG, MA and PhD students. At Middlesex University, Phoebe is responsible for and teaches the level 5 module Global Political Economy and the MA module The Politics of Globalization. At Middlesex she also designed and taught the module Comparative Politics which was infused with Comparative Political Economy and gave several lectures for the module Introduction to Social Sciences.
Administrative duties: Dr Moore is the Acting Director of Programmes for Politics and Social Sciences. Previously, she has led an MA in International Relations and Globalisations and acted as Assessment Officer for several years; organised internships and exchange programmes for PG students (which she still does); served on several curriculum restructure and other teaching committees and was on a committee for RAE preparations.
Phoebe's research led approach to teaching is to aid students to become critical thinkers, independent learners and confident researchers. In a world where information technologies have in many ways opened the world of research in usually positive ways, Dr Moore facilitates students' appropriate use of the internet and online tools for contemporary research methods. Building students' knowledge of social science research methodologies and techniques in all modules she convenes, workshops and lectures not only provide a platform for thinking about important and timely issues in global social change and the rolling back of the state, but also prepare students for postgraduate research. Furthermore, if students intend to enter the world of graduate work immediately after University, Dr Moore helps students begin to understand the new world of work they will enter, where information is not identical to knowledge.
Employability: Dr Moore is also very committed to the concept of employability as it has become integrated into internationally facing policy. This is reflected in several of her publications.
Dr Moore has set up and runs an innovative internship initiative that involves her active involvement in sending postgraduate students to work in international organisations, including the United Nations, all over the world. You can read many testimonials for students she has sent to work at the OHCHR and the Refugee Agency UNHCR in Geneva and in Malta at a migration observatory.
Dr Moore was invited to speak about her Practicum for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) event 'Politics and International Relations and Employability' at the University of East Anglia in 2013 and at a similar HEA event at Oxford Brookes University in 2014.
Main research-led teaching areas
International Political Economy
Technology and Work
See here for links to some of Dr Moore's publications from Middlesex's research repository.
P. Moore (manuscript submitted March 2017) The Quantified Self at Work, in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts (Routledge Advances in Sociology series).
P. Moore (Aug 2012/2007) Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia: A Neo-Gramscian Critique of South Korea's Political Economy (I.B. Tauris, paperback of 2007).
-See review in Capital and Class (2010) 34, pp. 144 - 146.
P. Moore (Aug 2010) The International Political Economy of Work and Employability (Palgrave Macmillan).
-See review symposium of this book http://global-discourse.com/contents/the-international-political-economy-of-work-and-employability-by-phoebe-v-moore-carter/ and in Labor History Vol 53 Iss 1 pp. 158 - 160.
(2017) ‘Regulating Wellbeing in the Brave New Quantified Workplace’, Employee Relations. 39(3) Early cite. Co-authored with Dr Lukasz Piwek.
(fc April 2017) ‘The psycho-social impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces and trade union responses’, International Journal of Labour Research (journal of International Labour Organisation ACTRAV) issue edited by Anna Biondi and Vera Guseva. Co-authored with Pav Akhtar
(2015 DOI, 2016 print) 'The Quantified Self: What Counts in the Neoliberal Workplace' New Media & Society (number 2 journal in Communications) 18(1), 2774 - 2792. Co-authored with Dr Andrew Robinson
(2014) 'Legitimacy, Tribridity, and Decent Work Deficits' Globalizations 11(3), 315 – 330
(2014) 'Class and panic in British Immigration' Capital & Class October 2014 38(3), 497-505. Co-authored with Dr Kirsten Forkert
(2012) 'Where is the study of work in critical International Political Economy?' International Politics 49(2), 215–237
(2011) 'Subjectivity in the Ecologies of P2P Production' The Journal of Fibreculture FCJ-119.
(2009) 'UK Education, Employability, and Everyday Life' Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies 7(1), 243 – 273
(2009) 'Exploitation of the Self in Community-based Software Production - Workers' Freedoms or Firm Foundations?' Capital & Class 97: 99–120 Co-authored with Dr Paul A Taylor
(2006) 'Global Knowledge Capitalism, Self-woven Safety Nets, and the Crisis of Employability' Global Society 20(4), 453-473
(2005) 'Revolutions from Above: Worker Training as Trasformismo in South Korea' Capital & Class 86, 39-72
(2017) Humans and machines at work: monitoring, surveillance and automation in contemporary capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan, Dynamics of Virtual Work series) co-edited with Prof Martin Upchurch and Xanthe Whittaker (co-author of three chapters)
(2016) South-South Cooperation Beyond Myths: A Critical Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series) co-edited with Dr Isaline Bergamaschi and Prof Arlene Tickner
(2009) Globalisation and the New Semi-peripheries in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series), co-edited with Dr Owen Worth, ISBN-10: 0230220754
(2003) Foreign Policy of the Great Powers: China and Japan. in Politics and Diplomacy Since World War II, Tauris Guide to International Relations (I.B. Tauris), co-edited with Dr Lloyd Pettiford, ISBN-10: 1860649297
(2015) 'Tracking Bodies, the Quantified Self and the Corporeal Turn', in Prof Kees van der Pijl (ed) The International Political Economy of Production, Volume for Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series, eds. Prof Benjamin J. Cohen and Prof Matthew Watson (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)
(2014) 'Marketisation, Commodification and the Implications for Teachers' Autonomy in England' Sraffa and Althusser Reconsidered; Neoliberalism Advancing in South Africa, England, and Greece, Research in Political Economy, 29. Co-authored with Prof Martin Upchurch and Dr Aylin Kunter
(2009) 'Turkey in the World System and the New Orientalism' in P. Moore and O. Worth (eds.) Globalisation and the New Semi-peripheries in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series) co-authored with Dr Charles Dannreuther, 138 – 158
(2009) 'Globalization of the Labour Culture in the Republic of Korea: What 'Tripartite Relations' Mean for Workers' in David Wilson and Rupert Maclean (eds.) International Handbook on Education for the World of Work: Bridging Academic and Vocational Education (Heidelberg, Springer Publishing) ISBN 978-1-4020-5280-4, 673 – 688
(2003) 'Japan/US Alliance and China relations: What future for Asian Pacific Security?' in Phoebe Moore and Dr Lloyd Pettiford (eds.) Foreign Policy of the Great Powers: China and Japan (I.B. Tauris)
Special issues-Guest Editor
(2015) 'The Future and Praxis of Decent Work' Special Issue primary editor for Global Labour Journal 6(2)
(2009) 'Parallel Visions of Peer Production' Special Issue Capital & Class 97 Co-editor Dr Athina Karatzogianni. This is the first series looking at discussions on what peer to peer production means for political theory and Marxism
Moore, P and Piwek, L (2015) ‘Unintended Consequences and Dark Sides of Quantifying Selves’’, Sustainable Societies Network commissioned paper, Available online: https://www.academia.edu/15382200/Unintended_Consequences_The_Dark_Sides_of_Quantifying_Selves commissioned paper to advise EPSRC and other funding councils regarding the types of research it should issue a call for around the quantified self and big data.
Other publications/book reviews
P. Moore (2017) Review of Dawn Nafus (ed.), Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life, Theory, Culture and Society (MIT Press)
P. Moore (2013) 'Where is decent work in DfID policy? Marketisation and Securitisation of UK International Aid' contribution to the Global Labour Column
P. Moore (2012) 'Network of educators in support of a public university expanding rapidly' in International Studies Today 2(1)
P. Moore (2008) 'Global governance: Lest we Forget' in International Studies Review 19(2) I was invited to write this feature essay review on four books about work and globalisation
Recent invited lectures and keynotes
Keynote lecture ‘Resistance and Alternatives to Austerity’ Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, De Montford University, Leicester 18 May, 2016
Keynote lecture ‘The Passions of Capitalism: Subjectivity in Production and the Production of Subjectivity in Contemporary Capitalism’, EU COST network on Virtual Work event 22-23 March 2016, Pavia, Italy
Invited public lecture/contribution panel contribution as Quantified Worker for ‘Implant Party’ session, FutureFest 17 – 18 September, 2016
Invited public lecture/contribution Victoria & Albert (London) museum’s Design Culture Salon ‘Is designing for behaviour change ‘creepy’?’, 20 November 2015
'The Quantified Self at Work' invited speaker for ESRC Changing Employment research seminar Future of Regulation
'The Quantified Self at Work' distinguished speaker for Inaugural Conference on Cultural Political Economy Putting Culture in its Place
'Measuring Decent Work' invited speaker for research seminar for the International Political Economy Research cluster, Warwick University, Politics and International Studies
'Legitimacy, Tribridity and Decent Work Deficits' Invited participant in the Agora Network Beyond Pathologies: Changing Organizational Cultures in IOs and NGOs, Warwick University 07/10/14
'Decent work deficits and legitimacy storm' invited lecture, University of Manchester as part of Global Labour Institute academic and trade union seminar on labour internationalism and international bargaining 29 April
Keynote lecture 'Legitimacy, Tribridity and Decent Work Deficits', Keynote Lecture Annual Thematic Conference, Refletions on MDG1 "decent work for all": Where do we stand? Kassel/Witzenhausenm July 3-4 2014. University of Kassel, International Centre for Development and Decent Work
'The Quantified Self in Cognitive Capitalism', public lecture Cybersalon event The Cyborg's New Clothes
'Decent Work in Question', Taking Soundings, public lecture Leeds Beckett University
'Cognitive capitalism and the quantified self' invited lecture, University of Westminster International Relations, the Forum 12 November
'The corporeal in cognitive work' invited to present at the Networked Labour workshop7 – 9 March Fully funded by Transform Europe
'Decent work methodology?' invited research seminar, Management Research Centre, University of Wolverhampton Business School, 25 October
'Multilateral Aid Review and Implications for Decent Work' invited paper, funded by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IS0902 'Systemic Risk and the Financial Crisis', at European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy Association conference, Kraków University of Economics, Poland, 18 - 21 October
'The young unemployed, and the International Labour Organization's Social Unrest Index' invited paper at Transdemos 'Legitimacy and Legitimation of Transnational Governance' workshop, Lund University, Sweden, 7 - 8 May
'Peer Production and Precarity' invited paper, funded by COST Action IS0902, Questioning the Crisis and Prospects for Change project, Universite Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
'Employability as Subjectivity' government research paper Korea Research Institute for Vocation Education and Training. This is a Research Institute funded by the Korean Ministry of Labour
'Peer to Peer Production and the Precariat: Final Countdown for Capitalism?' invited seminar World Politics and Popular Culture, Tynemouth, Newcastle, United Kingdom
(2002 – 2009: University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University of Lancaster, and more)
Moore, Phoebe Veronica and Piwek, Lukasz (2017) Regulating wellbeing in the brave new quantified workplace. Employee Relations, 39 (3). pp. 308-316. ISSN 0142-5455
Moore, Phoebe Veronica and Robinson, Andrew (2016) The quantified self: what counts in the neoliberal workplace. New Media and Society, 18 (11). pp. 2774-2792. ISSN 1461-4448
Upchurch, Martin and Moore, Phoebe Veronica and Kunter, Aylin (2014) Marketisation, commodification and the implications for teachers’ autonomy in England. Research in Political Economy, 29 . pp. 133-153. ISSN 0161-7230
Moore, Phoebe Veronica (2011) Subjectivity in the ecologies of P2P production. The journal of fibreculture (17). ISSN 1449-1443
Moore, Phoebe Veronica (2010) The international political economy of work and employability. International Political Economy Series . Palgrave Macmillan, UK. ISBN 9780230517943
Primary Investigator Roles
2015: Dr Moore won the British Academy/Leverhulme award from the small grants scheme to research the use of self-tracking health devices in companies. This cutting edge project is entitled Agility, Work and the Quantified Self. She is lead Social Scientist researching the project The Quantified Workplace at Colliers International and has published her first report on the project on the company's website.
2014: PI Sustainable Societies Network EPSRC Development Grant award for her interventions on the Quantified Self entitled Unintended Consequences, contributions to inform future funding council grant calls meaning she is considered a leading expert in this new field
2014: £1,500 (PI) Dr Moore won the University of Middlesex Sandpit Grant for her project 'The Quantified Self at Work'. She attended the Quantified Self Expo 2015 and led the breakaway session on the Quantified Self at Work with Joost Plattel
2014: Co-Investigator (Co-I) £25,000 British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Integrated Mixed Methods in Labour Research Network (PI Wendy Olsen, University of Manchester)
2014: PI £1,500 British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG), Gender in International Relations Working Group (GIRWG) and £1,500 University of Middlesex Law School funded conference Theorising Social Reproduction organised with Eleonore Kofman, run at Middlesex University
2014: PI £1,000 British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG) and BISA Teaching and Learning Group (BLT) funding for Education Meets Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Precarity workshop I ran with Steven Curtis (BLT Convenor) at Middlesex University
2013. £2,500 COST Action IS0902 'The Future and Praxis of Decent Work'. This funding facilitated the conference held in cooperation with the International Political Economy Group. Keynote speakers included Dave Spooner and Pete Waterman
2004-5. £28,000 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Phoebe was awarded this Fellowship for her project 'Vocational Training in East: The Impact of Curricula Reform on Workers' and carried out the Fellowship at the University of Manchester
2011 - 2014. British International Studies Association Workshops grants (Working Group Convenor)
This annual funding is awarded to IPEG members to run workshops throughout the year
2013 - 2014 Feb: PI £2,500 European Cooperation in Science and Technology fund The Future and Praxis of Decent Work, event at International Centre for Development and Decent Work, Kassel University, Germany
2012 May: Co-I £9,250 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, collaborator on Art and the Public Sphere project
2012 April: PI £24,000 University of Salford Vice Chancellor Foresight Prize for distance learning dimensions project for MA in International Relations and Globalisation
2009 Nov: PI £5,400 University of Salford Annual Disbursement Fund, Primary Investigator for conference Media Ecologies and Postindustrial Production
2009: £350 International Studies Association international travel grant
2008: £300 British Academy international travel grant
2004 – 2005: PI £29,000 ESRC Post-doctoral fellowship Vocational Training in East Asia: The Impact of Curricula Reform on Workers, University of Manchester
Conference papers and conference organisation
Dr Moore has presented research papers at many academic and public conferences and events since 2001. This includes ISA, BISA/IPEG, PSA, EAEPE, ECPR/SGIR, MeCCSA, the Quantified Self Expo and workshops such as Examining the Relevance of Marxism, Critical Labour Studies, Conference of Socialist Economists, and Lancashire International Film Expo.
Dr Moore is organising the final event of her BA/Leverhulme grant and is calling it The Quantified Self in Precarity.
Dr Moore has organised a series of three conferences on Debates in New Materialisms. The first one, she held at Westminster University and was entitled 'What is New in New Materlialism: Marxisms, new materialisms and the nature/culture divide'. The second one was convened by Dr Helen Palmer and was called 'Feminism, Politics, Corporealities, Onto-Epistemologies' and the final one (07/04/17) is called 'New Materialism, Political Economy and the (Re)productive Body'.
Dr Moore gained funding for and organised 'Education meets Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Precarity' (IPEG, 2014) (see description here), 'Future and Praxis of Decent Work' (2013), 'Media Ecologies and Postindustrial Divisions of Labour' (2009) and hosted and organised Critical Labour Studies (2012) and IPEG (2010).
Dr Moore founded the Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) South Group, a network of critical researchers, from 2013 and runs the network with Prof Martin Upchurch.
Dr Moore is an internationally recognised expert in technology and work, who is regularly invited to give high level public talks and lectures and to participate in internationally significant events.
Recent impact and media appearances:
2017 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.
Dr Moore is an official contributor with case studies and references to her work (p. 109) for the ILO Report resulting from this high level meeting which 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 accepted in the ILO ACTRAV's International Journal of Labour Research (IJLR) 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 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
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
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