Elise Thorburn is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University, and a researcher with Memorial University’s On the Move project. With On the Move she investigates the use of algorithmic shift scheduling software in low-wage work environments, particularly those that require long commutes, and how such algorithms impact capacities for social reproduction.
She is also the Principle Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant-funded project entitled “Between the Office and the Prison Yard: Mobile Monitoring of Social Life” which examines the genealogy and circulation of emerging mobile surveillance devices across a variety of institutional settings. Specifically this research examines the increasing use of monitoring technology in immigration detention, elder-care facilities, and corporate and extractive industries.
Broadly, her research focuses on the intersection of social reproduction and digital technologies in a variety of spheres – including but not limited to labour, care, resistance, education, and incarceration.