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. He is an affiliated member of BIM. His dissertation explores the class-making practices of migrant tech workers in Berlin.

Previously, he was a research associate in the EU Horizon 2020 project Platform Labor in Urban Spaces (PLUS), which investigated 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.





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

Funding: Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation (since 10/2022)


Academic Publications




Selected Talks


  • 2024: Unusual Suspects: Migration and White-Collar Conflict in Berlin's Tech Industry. 42nd International Labour Process Conference, Universität Göttingen
  • 2023: Within and against: tech workers, migration and labor alliances in Berlin. Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY).
  • 2023: Tackling 'Rule and Divide': Alliances of Gig and Tech Workers. Conference 'Global Perspectives on Platforms, Labor and Social Reproduction', University of Amsterdam
  • 2023: Beyond Fragmentation: Cross-Status Alliances in Tech. Department of the Arts, University of Bologna
  • 2023: Joint Forces? Coalition-Building against Tech Corporations. Panel "Circulation Obsession – Following the Flows and Flaws of Big Tech’s Urban Logistical Infrastructures", STS Hub Aachen
  • 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



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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