Professor Vili Lehdonvirta is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Hugh Price Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.
He is an economic sociologist whose research focuses on digital technologies, such as apps, platforms, and marketplaces. He examines how they are governed and how they shape the organization of economic activities in society, and with what implications to businesses, workers, consumers, and policy.
His research has been published in the Journal of Management, Work, Employment & Society, New Media & Society, and other leading academic journals. His book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis is published by MIT Press and translated to Chinese by China Renmin University Press.
Vili Lehdonvirta has a PhD in Economic Sociology from Turku School of Economics and an MSc from Helsinki University of Technology. Previously he worked at London School of Economics, University of Tokyo, and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.
Before his academic career, he worked as a game programmer. He has advised companies, non-profits, and policy makers in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the World Bank, the European Commission, and national governments.