Professor Gina Neff

Professor Neff is a sociologist who studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.

Email: gina.neff@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 612778

Professor Gina Neff is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. She studies the future of work in data-rich environments. Professor Neff leads a new multinational comparative research project on the effects of the adoption of AI across multiple industries. She is the author of Venture Labor (MIT Press, 2012), which won the 2013 American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Best Book Award; and with Dawn Nafus Self-Tracking (MIT Press, 2016). Her writing for the general public has appeared in Wired, Slate and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where she remains a faculty affiliate at the Center on Organizational Innovation, and she serves as a strategic advisor on the social impact of AI for the Women’s Forum.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Big data, cultural industries, innovation, labour, social media, organisation

Research interests

Innovation, work, organisations, culture, communication, theory, qualitative methods, critical data studies, science and technology studies.

Position held at the OII

  • Director of DPhil programme, January 2017 –
  • Senior Research Fellow, July 2016 –
  • Associate Professor, July 2016 –

Latest blog posts

Current projects

Books

  • Neff, G. and Nafus, D. (2016) Self-Tracking. MIT Press.
  • Amman, J., Carpenter, T. and Neff, G. (2015) Surviving the New Economy. Routledge.
  • Neff, G. (2012) Venture Labor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chapters

  • NEFF, G. and Nagy, P. (2018) "Agency in the digital age: Using symbiotic agency to explain human-technology interaction" In: A Networked Self: Human Augmentics, Artificial Intelligence, Sentience Papacharissi, Z. (eds.). Routledge.
  • NEFF, G. (2018) "The Potential of Networked Solidarity: Communication at the End of the Long Twentieth Century" In: Trump and the Media Boczkowski, P.J. and Papacharissi, Z. (eds.). MIT Press.
  • Fiore-Gartland,, B. and Neff, G. (2016) "Disruption and the Political Economy of Biosensor Data" In: Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life Nafus, D. (eds.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 101-122.
  • Neff, G. and Stark, D. (2004) "Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era" In: Society Online The Internet in Context Howard, P.N. and Jones, S. (eds.). SAGE.
  • NEFF, G. "The Potential of Networked Solidarity: Communication at the End of the Long Twentieth Century" In: Trump and the Media Boczkowski, P.J. and Papacharissi, Z. (eds.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Conference papers

  • Kuksenok, K., Aragon, C., Fogerty, J., Lee, C.P. and NEFF, G. (2017) "Deliberate Individual Change Framework for Understanding Programming Practices in Four Oceanography Groups", Computer Supported Cooperative Work: the journal of collaborative computing. Springer Verlag (Germany). 26 (4-6) 663-691.
  • Dossick, C.S., NEFF, G., Osburn, L., Monson, C. and Burpee, H. (2016) "Technical Boundary Spanners and Translation:A Study of Energy Modeling for High Performance Hospitals", Engineering Project Organization Conference.
  • Monson, C., NEFF, G., Dossick, C., Osburn, L. and Burpee, H. (2016) "Finding Connections Between Design Processes and Institutional Forces on Integrated AEC Teams for High Performing Energy Design", Engineering Project Organization Conference. Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles.
  • Aragon, C., Kim, J., Hutto, C., Neff, G., Echenique, A., Xing, W., Fiore-Gartland, B., Bayer, J., Huang, Y. and ACM (2016) "Developing a Research Agenda for Human-Centered Data Science", PROCEEDINGS OF THE 19TH ACM CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER SUPPORTED COOPERATIVE WORK AND SOCIAL COMPUTING COMPANION. 529-535.

Journal articles

  • Social Dynamics of the Internet

    An overview of the major findings to date regarding the social implications of the Internet, drawing material from several social science disciplines, including communication studies, sociology, and political science.

  • Does AI Have Gender?

    Recorded: 25 June 2018

    Duration: 00:36:53

    The spring 2018 Oxford Internet Institute London Lecture, with speaker Professor Gina Neff on the subject of 'Does AI Have Gender?'