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Dr Joe Deville

Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

Joe Deville

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 594610

Research overview

Joe Deville is a Senior Lecturer based jointly in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology and the Department of Sociology. His research interests include: 

  • The everyday, embodied life of debt, credit and finance
  • Informational mobility, methods of algorithmic prediction, futures of credit scoring
  • Open Access and the politics of academic knowledge production
  • Disaster preparedness and the production/materialisation of risk
  • Science and technology studies, speculative sociology, non-representational theory
  • Digital methods 

Twitter: @joe_dev

PhD supervision

I am looking to supervise students interested in engaging critically with some of the following empirical areas: household economies, everyday indebtedness, credit scoring/data proliferation/informational mobilities, disaster/disaster preparedness, infrastructures of scholarly communication. Theoretically and methodologically I draw influences from fields including science and technology studies, affect theory, economic sociology, and sociologies of the digital.


A key area of focus has been the interactions between defaulting debtor and debt collector, which was the subject of my first book Lived Economies of Default, published by Routledge in 2015.

There and in other related publications, I have sought to simultaneously explore the intimate dimensions of financialised life and their encounter with organisational expertise. In doing so, I have developed an economic sociology informed by approaches from science and technology studies, speculative philosophy and non-representational theory.

As an editor of the new Open Access book publisher Mattering Press, I also have a keen interest in the practical politics of academic knowledge production, while my previous work at Goldsmiths on the ERC funded 'Organising Disaster' project has contributed to an interest in how disaster preparedness practices can become implicated in the production of risk. 

I am a co-director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, an Associate of the Data Science Institute, the Institute for Social Futures, and a member of both the Centre for Science Studies and the Centre for Technological Futures

I have also co-edited two books: Practising Comparison: Logics, Relations, Collaborations, published by Mattering Press in 2016, and Markets and the Arts of Attachment, published by Routledge in 2017. 

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