Dr. Thomas Allmer

Media Systems and Media Organisation

Research Associate

Office Address:
Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

About Thomas Allmer

Thomas Allmer is a research associate at the Department of Media Studies at Paderborn University in Germany. He is also the coordinator of Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research of the European Sociological Association and co-editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. His research and teaching are grounded in critical social theory and the political economy of media and communication, with a special focus on digital media and digital labour. His 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). His new book, 'Universities and Academic Labour in Times of Digitalisation and Precarisation', was published with Routledge in 2023.


Research Interests

  • Critical social theory
  • Political economy of media and communication
  • Digital media and society
  • Digital labour and capitalism
  • Universities and academic labour


Latest Publications

Critical Perspectives on Digital Capitalism: Theories and Praxis

T. Allmer, S.C. Arslan, C. Fuchs, eds., Critical Perspectives on Digital Capitalism: Theories and Praxis, 2024.

Critical Political Economy of Culture and Communication: An Interview with Graham Murdock

G. Murdock, C. Fuchs, T. Allmer, TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 22 (2024) 60–85.

Universities and Academic Labour in Times of Precarisation and Digitalisation

T. Allmer, Universities and Academic Labour in Times of Precarisation and Digitalisation, Routledge, Abingdon, n.d.

Social Media and Everyday Politics

T. Allmer, Concept: The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory 10 (2019) 1–2.

Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism

T. Allmer, Critical Sociology 45 (2019) 599–615.

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Current Courses

  • Alternativen und kritische Praxis im digitalen Kapitalismus