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

Valentin Niebler


  • Department of Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles


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

Previously, he was a research associate in the Horizon 2020 project Platform Labor in Urban Spaces (PLUS), 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, for 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, New York.


ORCID / Google Scholar




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



Academic Publications


    • Forthcoming: Coalitional Power in the Digital Economy: Alliances of Gig and Tech Workers. In: Trajectories of platform capitalism and platform work (Special Issue). Friedrich-Ebert Foundation

    • Forthcoming: Spekulative Konflikte: Zum Verhältnis zwischen Arbeitskämpfen und Finanzmärkten in der Digitalökonomie. In: Martin Oppelt / Falko Blumenthal: Digitalisierung von Gegenmacht. Gewerkschaftliche Konfliktfähigkeit und Arbeitskampf heute. Bielefeld: transcript (with Franziska Cooiman)




Selected Talks




  • 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



Academic Teaching


  • Winter semester 2021/22: Krise und Kapitalismus, BA-Seminar, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (with Franziska Cooiman)

  • Summer semester 2017: Arbeitskämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus, student-led project seminar, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (with Franziska Baum)

  • Winter semester 2016/17: Arbeitskämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus, student-led project seminar, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin



Journalism & Reporting






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