Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM)

Valentin Niebler

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Niebler Valentin SW



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Valentin Niebler is doing his doctorate at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin. His dissertation deals with labour conflicts and coalition building in technology companies. It examines coalitional practices between IT professionals and low-wage workers within the industry.

Previously, he was a research associate in the Horizon 2020 project PLUS (Platform Labour in Urban Spaces), which investigates the impact of the expansion of digital platforms on labour in urban spaces. He has also worked at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, in the project 'Trade Unions in Transition 4.0' of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and in a cooperation with the Fairwork Foundation. He studied social sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Würzburg and the New School for Social Research in New York.




  • Manuela Bojadžijev, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Sandro Mezzadra, Università di Bologna


Research Interests


  • Digital economy
  • Platforms
  • Power resources
  • Trade unions
  • Migration
  • Labour conflicts


Academic Publications





Selected Talks


  • 2022: Coalitional Power in Digital Capitalism: Alliances of Gig and Tech Workers SASE Conference 2022, University of Amsterdam

  • 2021: Gewerkschaften im Wandel 4.0 – Neue Machtressourcen für die digitale Arbeitswelt, Konferenz Digitaler Kapitalismus 2021, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (with Victoria Basualdo, Mirko Herberg, Yonatan Miller and Stefan Schmalz)

  • 2021: Di­gi­tal In­fra­struc­tu­res bet­ween Ex­ploi­ta­ti­on and Em­power­ment. Re:Co­ding Lab, Universität Kassel

  • 2021: Platforms, Social Reproduction and Migration – The Case of Helpling in Berlin. PLUS TALKS, Gender and Platform Labour 2: The platformisation of paid care, cleaning and domestic work. Online Webinar (with Moritz Altenried)

  • 2021: Evade, Deceive, Unite: Worker Power through Costumer Coalitions on Digital Platforms, Politics and Ethics of Platform Labour: Learning from Lived Experiences. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge 

  • 2021: Organizing Youtube: Collective Action on the Platform, Panel Collective Action, Organising and Mobilisations in the Platform Economy. IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre (with Annemarie Kern)

  • 2019: Algorithmisches Management auf YouTube, Workshop Unsichtbare Herrschaft – wie tief greift algorithmisches Management?, Konferenz LABOR.A 2019: Plattform ‚Arbeit der Zukunft‘, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Cafe Moskau, Berlin




  • Wintersemester 2021/22: Krise und Kapitalismus, BA-Seminar, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (with Franziska Cooiman)

  • Sommersemester 2017: Arbeitskämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus, student-led project tutorium, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (with Franziska Baum)

  • Wintersemester 2016/17: Arbeitskämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus, student-led project tutorium, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin



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