Associate Fellow
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Fabian was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund 2021 on Creative work – A “hotspot” for digital skills? Identifying digital skill developments in the UK creative online freelance industry.


Fabian Stephany is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. As an economist and social data scientist, Fabian investigates how we can create more sustainable jobs via data-driven reskilling in times of technological disruption. He is a co-creator of the Online Labour Observatory – a digital data hub for researchers, policy makers, journalists, and the public interested in the development of online labour markets, which is hosted by the OII and the International Labour Organisation.

Fabian holds a PhD and degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from different European institutions, including Universitá Bocconi Milan and University of Cambridge. As an Economist and Senior Data Scientist, Fabian has been working in the private sector and for various actors in the international policy landscape, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank or the OECD in Paris.

Research interests
  • Future of Work
  • Internet Economics
  • Platform Economy
  • Online Labour Markets
  • Digital Skills
  • Network Science
Research Articles

Salem, H., & Stephany, F. (2021). Wikipedia: a challenger’s best friend? Utilizing information-seeking behaviour patterns to predict US congressional elections. Information, Communication & Society, 1-27.

Stephany, F., Dunn, M., Sawyer, S., & Lehdonvirta, V. (2020). Distancing Bonus Or Downscaling Loss? The Changing Livelihood of Us Online Workers in Times of COVID‐19. Journal for Economic and Social Geography111(3), 561-573.

Stephany, F., Braesemann, F., & Graham, M. (2020). Coding together–coding alone: the role of trust in collaborative programming. Information, Communication & Society, 1-18.

£123,000 awarded in Digit Innovation Fund Round 2

28 July 2021

Projects awarded funding include research into the deployment of digital technologies in social care work and exploring disability, neurodiversity and remote working.