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Sociology Research


Robert Dorschel is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. His research spans the fields of digital labour, class, culture, and social theory. In his dissertation, Robert analyses the expert workforce of so-called “tech-workers”. Specifically, he is interested in the subjectivity of those responsible for coding, designing, and imagining the digital technologies that permeate social life.

Robert has studied sociology and political science at Duke University, Humboldt-University Berlin, and the University of Kiel. For his master's thesis, which combined Bourdieu's field theory and Foucault's discourse theory to analyse the profession of data science, he received the Best Thesis Award by the German Sociological Association. Robert has been convener of the Cambridge Technology & New Media Research Cluster since the start of his PhD in 2019. Furthermore, he is associated researcher at the Technology & Trust Initiative and Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Research Interests

labour, culture, class, professions, digitalisation, science and technology studies, social theory


University of Cambridge, Lecturer  

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis, Mphil and First-year PhD Level, Social Science Research Methods Programme (Michaelmas 2020 and 2021)  


University of Potsdam, Lecturer  

Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory, Undergraduate Level, Department of Social Sciences (Fall Term 2020 and 2021) 


Humboldt-University Berlin, Teaching Assistant 

The Sociology of “Good Work”, Master’s Level, Assistant to Professor Jutta Allmendinger (Summer Term 2018) 


University of Kiel, Tutor   

Introduction to Academic Research, Undergraduate Level, Department of Social Sciences (Fall Term 2015 and 2016) 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Dorschel, Robert (2020). "A Field Theoretical Discovery of the Tourism Industry". In Pietzcker, Dominik & Vaih-Baur, Christina: Ökonomische und Soziologische Tourismustrends. Springer Verlag, Wiesbaden.

Dorschel, Robert & Allmendinger, Jutta. (2019). "Über die sozialen Fesseln unserer Sprache". In Eichinger, Ludwig & Plewnia, Albrecht: Neues vom heutigen Deutsch. Empirisch – methodisch – theoretisch. Jahrbuch des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache. De Gruyter, Berlin.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Dorschel, Robert (2022) Reconsidering digital labour: Bringing tech workers into the debate. New Technology, Work and Employment, 37(1), pp. 1-20 (online first).

Dorschel, Robert (2021) Discovering Needs for Digital Capitalism. The Hybrid Profession of Data ScienceBig Data & Society, 8(2), pp. 1-13.

Dorschel, Robert / Brandt, Philipp (2021) Professionalisierung mittels Ambiguität: Die diskursive Konstruktion von Data Scientists in Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 50(3-4), pp. 193-210.

Allmendinger, Jutta / Dorschel, Robert (2021) Der Raum des Möglichen. Kursbuch, 207, pp. 61-72.

Dorschel, Robert (2021) Contours of the Networked Self. New Media & Society, 23(1), 193-198. (Book Review Essay)

Dorschel, Robert (2021) “Data Science“ Analyse einer emergierenden Profession mittels einer Verknüpfung von Diskurs- und Feldtheorie. Soziologie, 50(1), 94-102.

Key Publications - Other

Allmendinger, Jutta & Dorschel, Robert (2018) Sommergäste und die Angst vor Morgen. Deutsches Theater Berlin, Programmheft, pp. 8-12.

PhD Supervisor

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Research Network Funding Award, Cambridge Digital Humanities

Best Master's Thesis Award 2019/20, German Sociological Association

MA and PhD Scholarships, Foundation of the German Economy

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PhD Candidate, Darwin College
Robert Dorschel
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