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Dr Funda Ustek Spilda

Senior Researcher and Project Manager

Dr Funda Ustek Spilda

Senior Researcher and Project Manager


Funda Ustek Spilda is a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at Fairwork. She is responsible for the overall coordination of the network and its sub-projects, and relations with Fairwork funders and partner institutions. She is involved in multiple research projects at Fairwork, and regularly writes on issues of labour conditions in the platform economy, from various angles such as ethics, fairness and justice.

She holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in Sociology (2015) and an MSc from the same university in Comparative Social Policy (2010). In her doctoral thesis, she studied survival strategies of women workers in Turkey as they navigated various jobs in the informal labour market.

Prior to joining Fairwork, Funda held postdoctoral researcher positions at ARITHMUS: How data make a people (ERC Research Project, 2014-2018) based at Goldsmiths, University of London; and VIRT-EU: Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe (EC FP7 Horizon 2020 Project) based at the London School of Economics.

Positions at the OII

  • Senior Researcher and Project Manager, July 2022 -
  • Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager, January 2020 - June 2022

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