About me

Thomas AllmerI studied media and communication and political science at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and the Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. After I had finished my PhD in 2014, I started as a Lecturer in Social Justice at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a post as a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. Since 2019, I have been working as a Postdoc at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. I am also a member of The Institute for a Global Sustainable Information Society, Vienna, Austria. My publications include Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism (Peter Lang, 2012) and Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification (Routledge, 2015).


Guest Lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, University of Munich (LMU), Germany, 14-16 June 2019

14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, UK, 20-23 August 2019

Book launch of the Czech translation of ‘Critical Theory and Social Media’, Centre of Global Studies, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, 18 November 2019

Research interests

My research interests are as follows:

  • Critical social theory
  • Political economy of media and communication
  • Sociology of technology
  • Digital labour and capitalism
  • Digital media and society
  • Privacy and surveillance studies
  • Academic labour

Last update: July 2019