George Maier

George Maier

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

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Research topic

Title: Digital Inclusion and Income: The changing relationship between labour and capital

George has a general research interest in inequalities. For his thesis his focus is on the potential for digital income to further inequality. The current literature on digital inequality predominately focuses on producing normative ideas of economic and social outcomes that signify digital inclusion, such as achieving employment through technology. However, these fail to fully explain the relationships of power that inclusion in digital capitalism might maintain or create. It is suggested from the literature that the potential returns from labour are minimal in online platforms as labour's political power is reduced, while the potential returns from capital are increased. This would suggest that inclusion in digital platforms contributes to a potential for rising economic inequalities. His research project aims to theorise and empirically demonstrate this divide. 

SupervisorsDr Ellen Helsper and Dr Bart Cammaerts


George completed an MA in Critical Theory and Political Science at the University of Nottingham in 2016 (Distinction), and has previously worked as the Director of Media and Communications for The Renewal Trust, a nationally recognised community regeneration trust working with local communities in Nottingham.

He is currently a Leverhulme Trust Scholar, associated with the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE.

He is teaching on the Introduction to Quantitative Methods course (MY451/551) in the 2017/18 academic year.


inequality; digital; capital; statistical methods


Conference Talks

Maier, G (2017) “Digital Inclusion: A critique of power and inequality in the social construction of the digital world” Presented at: BRESTOLON, Lisbon, Portugal

Blog Posts

Livingstone, S; Ólafsson, K; Maier, G (2017) “If children don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data?” Media Policy Project Blog. Available here