Thomas POELL

Senior lecturer
University of Amsterdam - Netherlands


Thomas Poell, Ph.D. is senior lecturer in New Media & Digital Culture and Program Director of the Research Master Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam (NL). He has published widely on digital platforms and popular protest in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India, and China, as well as on the role of these platforms in the reorganisation of key economic sectors, including journalism, education, and health care. Poell is co-author of The Platform Society with José van Dijck and Martijn de Waal (Oxford University Press, 2018), offering a comprehensive analysis of how platforms disrupt markets and labour relations, circumvent institutions, transform social and civic practices and affect democratic processes. Furthermore, he co-edited The Sage Handbook of Social Media with Jean Burgess and Alice Marwick (Sage, 2018), Social Media Materialities and Protest with Mette Mortensen and Christina Neumayer (Routledge, 2018), and Global Cultures of Contestation with Esther Peeren, Robin Celikates, and Jeroen de Kloet (Palgrave/McMillan, 2017). Poell regularly contributes to public debates about platforms and his work is widely cited in humanities and social science journals.