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Fabian Stephany, Dr.

Fabian Stephany is a Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society within the institute’s group for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society. He joined the Institute as an Associate Researcher in 2019. Fabian is also working as an economist and social data scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. With this current project on the future of creative work, 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, hosted by the OII and the International Labour Organisation, for researchers, policy makers, journalists, and the public interested in online platform work. His research has been published in leading academic journals and was covered by Washington Post, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Nikkei Asia, and other popular media around the world.

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.

Fabian Stephany

Position

Researcher: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Salem, H., & Stephany, F. (2022). Wikipedia: a challenger’s best friend? Utilizing information-seeking behaviour patterns to predict US congressional elections. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1942953 Publication details

Stephany, F. (2021). One size does not fit all: Constructing complementary digital reskilling strategies using online labour market data. Big Data & Society, 8(1). DOI: 10.1177/20539517211003120 Publication details

Kässi, O., Lehdonvirta, V., & Stephany, F. (2021). How many online workers are there in the world? A data-driven assessment. Open Research Europe. DOI: 10.12688/openreseurope.13639.4 Publication details

Stephany, F., Kässi, O., Rani, U., & Lehdonvirta, V. (2021). Online Labour Index 2020: New ways to measure the world’s remote freelancing market. Big Data & Society. DOI: 10.1177/20539517211043240 Publication details

Salem, H., & Stephany, F. (2020). Wikipedia: A Challenger’s Best Friend? Utilising Information-seeking Behaviour Patterns to Predict US Congressional Elections. SSRN. Publication details

Darius, P., & Stephany, F. (2019). “Hashjacking” the Debate: Polarisation strategies of Germany’s political far-right on Twitter. International Conference on Social Informatics, Springer, Cham.. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/6gbc9 Publication details

Stephany, F., Braesemann, F., & Graham, M. (2019). Coding Together-Coding Alone: The Role of Trust in Collaborative Programming. Information, Communication, and Society, under revision. Publication details

Stephany F. (2019). Everything You Always Wanted to Know About AI – Nowcasting Digital Skills with Wikipedia. SocArXiv. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/rfzdq Publication details

Stephany, F., Abel, G, J., & Muttarak, R. (2019). Learning About Internal Migration from Half a Billion Records – Applying Localised Classification Trees to Large-scale Census Data. SocArXiv. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/bz6yu Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Stephany, F. (2021). The digital transformation of industry and the world of work. In International Labour Organization (Eds.), World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work. Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Office – Geneva: ILO. Publication details

Working paper

Stephany, F., & Luckin, R. (2022). Is the workforce ready for the jobs of the future? Data-informed skills and training foresight. Bruegel Working Paper. Publication details

Laux, J., Stephany, F., Russell, C., Wachter, S., & Mittelstadt, B. (2022). The Concentration-after-Personalisation Index (CAPI): Governing Effects of Personalisation Using the Example of Targeted Online Advertising. SSRN. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.4084457 Publication details

Kässi, O., Lehdonvirta, V., & Stephany, F. (2021). How Many Online Workers are there in the World? A Data-Driven Assessment. EconPapers. Publication details

Stephany, F. (2021). When does it pay off to learn a new skill? Revealing the complementary benefit of cross-skilling. SocArXiv Papers. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/sv9de Publication details

Braesemann, F., Stephany, F., Teutloff, O., Kässi, O., Graham, M., & Lehdonvirta, V. (2021). The polarisation of remote work. Available at SSRN. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3919655 Publication details

Stephany, F., & Lorenz, H. (2021). The future of employment revisited: how model selection determines automation forecasts. arXiv preprint. Publication details

Salem, H., & Stephany, F. (2021). Wikipedia: a challenger’s best friend? Utilizing information-seeking behaviour patterns to predict US congressional elections. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1942953 Publication details

Krell, T., Braesemann, F., Stephany, F., Friederici, N., & Meier, P. (2020). A Mixed-Method Landscape Analysis of SME-focused B2B Platforms in Germany. Social Science Research Network. Publication details

Stephany F. (2019). ‘It’s not only size that matters: determinants of Estonia’s e-governance success’. Electronic Government. Publication details

Schmeiss, J., Stephany, F., & Tech, R. (2019). The Business Model as Mediator during Socio-Technical Transitions – Empirical Evidence from Applied AI Technology Startups in the Energy and Transportation Sector. SocArXiv. DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/zuhq4 Publication details

Other publications

Stephany, F., Braesemann, F., Stoehr, N., Darius, P., Teutloff, O., & Neuhäuser, L. (2022). Quo Vadis, CoRisk-Index? Oxford Internet Institute Blog. Publication details

Stephany, F. (2022). Big challenges and big data – Making climate-induced migration visible with machine learning. Oxford Internet Institute Blog. Publication details

Klausing, S., & Stephany, F. (2022). Is tech ‘taking over’? How the online workforce shifts towards tech work. Online Labour Observatory. Publication details

Stephany, F. (2021). Germany: Hidden Champion of Online Platform Work? Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Friederici, N., Krell, T., Meier, P., Braesemann, F., & Stephany, F. (2020). Plattforminnovation im Mittelstand, . Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Is the Future of Work Online? Exploring the Global Online Gig Economy
GIZ.digital Gateway Online Event (Session: Is the Future of Work Online? Exploring the Global Online Gig Economy). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Virtual, Virtual, Germany: 15.06.2022

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Resilience of the workforce in the digital age
The Business & Management Collection, Henry Stewart Talks (Session: Resilience of the workforce in the digital age). Henry Stewart Talks. Virtual, Virtual, Virtual: 30.05.2022 Further information

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Closing the Digital Skill Gap: The Potential of Online Platform Data for Active Labour Market Policies
IE Business School Madrid, Centre for the Governance of Change, Expert Meeting (Session: Closing the Digital Skill Gap: The Potential of Online Platform Data for Active Labour Market Policies). IE Business School Madrid, Centre for the Governance of Change, Madrid, Spain: 04.02.2022 Further information

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Online Labour Index 2020: New ways to measure the world's remote freelancing market
PLAMASIO Talk Weizenbaum Institute (Session: Online Labour Index 2020: New ways to measure the world's remote freelancing market). Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Virtual, Berlin, Germany: 29.01.2022 Further information

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Online Labour Index 2020: New ways to measure the world’s remote freelancing market
3rd Crowdworking Symposium. Universität Bremen, Online, Germany: 17.09.2021 Further information

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Is the future of work online? How online labour markets change the world of work
Webinar: British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' lecture: Is the future of work online?. British Council Singapore, Online, Singapore: 29.04.2021 Further information

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Coding Together - Coding Alone: The Role of Trust in Collaborative Programming
Brown Bag Seminar. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom: 13.11.2019

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About AI - Nowcasting Digital Skills with Wikipedia.
Complex Networks Conference. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lissabon, Portugal: 08.11.2019 Further information

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Coding Together - Coding Alone: The Role of Trust in Collaborative Programming
Platform Economy Interest Group. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom: 25.10.2019

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How Digital Platforms Change Innovation, Knowledge and Work
DAAD Alumni Annual Meeting 2019. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany: 28.09.2019

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Coding Together - Coding Alone: The Role of Trust in Collaborative Programming
1st Winter School. Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Obergurgl University Center, Obergurgl, Austria: 03.03.2019 Further information

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Panels

Remote Working During the Pandemic I: Experiences from different continents
Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. SASE Conference, Online, Germany: 03.07.2021 Further information

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Digital Economy in the Western Balkans: Trends and Implications in Online Labour
Western Balkans Digital Summit (UNDP invitation). UNDP. Palace of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia: 05.04.2019 Further information

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Moderation of workshops and panels

Web Scraping
Web Scraping. Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany: 22.11.2021

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Organisation of events

Digitaler Salon: Digitale Gesellschaft: Nerds Only?
24.11.2021. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany (National) Further information

Nicole Butters, Marie Blüml, Fabian Stephany, Christian Grauvogel

Is the future of work online?
British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' lecture. 29.04.2021. Online, Singapore, Singapore. Co-Organised by: British Council Singapore (International) Further information

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Nominations

Research Team "The Digital Revolution and the New Social Contract" at IE Madrid.

Sonja Köhne, Fabian Stephany, Philip Meier, Miriam Wolf, Christoph Gerling

Participation as expert

Analyse von Online Stellenanzeigen Workshop:Bertelsmann Stiftung, Online, Germany: 30.09.2021

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Media appearances

Podcast: Online Labour: Can we all just move to Tahiti? (23.03.2022). The Sound of Economics Podcast
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BE:CURIOUS Podcast from the Berlin University Alliance (15.02.2022). BE:CURIOUS Podcast from the Berlin University Alliance
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