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City University London
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Dr Sandoval's research critically deals with questions of power, commodification, exploitation, ideology and resistance in the global culture industries. In particular her work has focussed on the political economy of online surveillance, social media, alternative media, cultural labour and corporate social (ir)responsibility. Currently she is working on a study that explores the politics of worker co-operatives in the cultural sector. More information on this project can be found here:

Dr Sandoval is co-editor of the collected volumes Internet and Surveillance (2012) and Critique, Social Media and the Information Society (2013). She is editor of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.

Her book From Corporate to Social Media? (Routledge, 2014) looks beyond common understandings of the term social media by providing a critical analysis of corporate social (ir)responsibility in the global media and communication industries.


Research interests

- Critical political economy of the culture industries
- Critical theory of media and communication
- Corporate social responsibility
- Cultural labour
- Social media
- Alternative media
- Worker co-operatives


Journal Article (10)

  1. Sandoval, M. (01 Jul 2016). What would Rosa do? Co-operatives and radical politics. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture(63).
  2. Sandoval, M. (01 Mar 2016). Fighting Precarity with Co-Operation? Worker Co-Operatives in the Cultural Sector.. New Formations, 88(88), 51-68. doi: 10.3898/NEWF.88.04.2016
  3. Sandoval, M. (01 Jan 2015). From CSR to RSC: A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Corporate Social Responsibility. Review of Radical Political Economics, 47(4), 608-624. doi: 10.1177/0486613415574266
  4. Sandoval, M. (Aug 2013). Foxconned Labour as the Dark Side of the Information Age: Working Conditions at Apple’s Contract Manufacturers in China.. TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(2), 318-347.
  5. Sandoval, M. (Oct 2013). Corporate Social (Ir)Responsibility in Media and Communication Industries. Javnost - The Public, 20(3), 5-23.
  6. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2013). The Diamond Model of Open Access Publishing: Why Policy Makers, Scholars, Universities, Libraries, Labour Unions and the Publishing World Need to Take Non-Commercial, Non-Profit Open Access Serious. TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(2), 428-443.
  7. Sandoval, M. and Fuchs, C. (2010). Towards a critical theory of alternative media.. Telematics and Informatics, 27, 141-150. doi: 10.1016/j.tele.2009.06.011
  8. Fuchs, C., Hofkirchner, W., Schafranek, M., Raffl, C., Sandoval, M. and Bichler, R.M. (2010). Theoretical Foundations of the Web: Cognition, Communication, and Co-Operation. Towards an Understanding of Web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0.. Future Internet, 2, 41-59. doi: 10.3390/fi2010041
  9. Sandoval, M. (2009). A critical contribution to the foundations of alternative media studies. Kurgu-Online, 1.
  10. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2008). Positivism, postmodernism, or critical theory? A case study of communications students’ understandings of criticism. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 6(2).

Book (5)

  1. Sandoval, M. (01 Jan 2014). From corporate to social media: Critical perspectives on corporate social responsibility in media and communication industries. doi: 10.4324/9781315858210
  2. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (01 Jan 2013). Introduction critique, social media and the information society in the age of capitalist crisis. doi: 10.4324/9780203764077
  3. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2013). Critique, Social Media and the Information Society. Routledge. ISBN: 0415841852.
  4. Fuchs, C., Boersma, K., Albrechtslund, A. and Sandoval, M. (2012). Internet and Surveillance. Routledge. ISBN: 0415891604.
  5. Sandoval, M., Sevignani, S., Rehbogen, A., Allmer, T., Hager, M. and Kreilinger, V. (2011). Bildung MACHT Gesellschaft. Westfälisches Dampfboot. ISBN: 3896918761.

Chapter (8)

  1. Sandoval, M. (21 Oct 2015). The hands and brains of digital culture. Arguments for an inclusive approach to cultural labour. Fuchs, C. and Fisher, E. (Ed.), Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age (pp. 42-59) Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN: 1137478578.
  2. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (01 Jan 2015). The political economy of capitalist and alternative social media. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media (pp. 165-175) doi: 10.4324/9781315717241
  3. Sandoval, M. (2014). Participation (Un)Limited: Social Media and the Prospects of a Common Culture. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture Routledge.
  4. Sandoval, M. (2013). Social media?. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (Ed.), Critique, Social Media & the Information Society New York: Routledge.
  5. Sevignani, S., Prey, R., Sandoval, M., Allmer, T., Prodnik, J.A. and Kreilinger, V. (01 Jan 2013). Critical studies of contemporary informational capitalism: The perspective of emerging scholars. (Ed.), Critique, Social Media and the Information Society (pp. 76-90) doi: 10.4324/9780203764077
  6. Sandoval, M. and Bjurling, K. (2013). Challenging Labour - Working Conditions in the Electronics Industry.. Croeser, S., Garwood, S. and Yakinthou, C. (Ed.), Voices from the Field: Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy Lexington Books.
  7. Sandoval, M. (23 May 2012). Consumer surveillance on web 2.0. Fuchs, C., Boersma, K., Albrechtslund, A. and Sandoval, M. (Ed.), Internet and Surveillance (pp. ) Routledge. ISBN: 0415891604.
  8. Sandoval, M. (2011). Warum es and der Zeit ist den Begriff der Alternativmedien neu zu definieren. In. Hüttner, B., Leidinger, C. and Oy, G. (Ed.), Handbuch der Alternativmedien 2011/2012 AG-Spak.

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (1)

  • Editor of TripleC. Communication, Capitalism, Critique. Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.

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