Digital platforms: space, time and community in platform mediated work

A/Prof. Robyn Mayes1, Dr Penny  Williams1, Prof Paula McDonald1

1Queensland University Of Technology


As part of a broader program of Australia Research Council funded research interrogating the geographies and conditions of work and working in the platform economy, this paper presents a systematic analysis of the website content of online platforms offering care services, and those offering micro-task digital services. Drawing also on the findings of a national survey elucidating the contours of gig work in Australia from the perspective of workers, the paper traces the spatial and temporal organisation of work constructed by digital platforms and interlinked mechanisms of algorithmic management. The paper seeks to ‘ground’ digital work in specific locations, communities, and constructions of ‘global’/’local’ work/ers.


Robyn Mayes is an Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology. She has a long-standing interest in mobilities of work with recent and forthcoming publications on trailing wives; fly-in, fly-out families; and geographies of digital platform work (ARC Discovery).

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