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Dr Marisol Sandoval Gomez

Senior Lecturer in Culture, Policy & Management

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Contact Information


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D622, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



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


Books (4)

  1. Sandoval, M. (2014). From corporate to social media: Critical perspectives on corporate social responsibility in media and communication industries. ISBN 978-1-315-85821-0.
  2. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2013). Critique, Social Media and the Information Society. Fuchs, Christian, and Sandoval, Marisol, (Eds.), Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-84185-6.
  3. Fuchs, C., Boersma, K., Albrechtslund, A. and Sandoval, M. (2012). Internet and Surveillance. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8.
  4. Sandoval, M., Sevignani, S., Rehbogen, A., Allmer, T., Hager, M. and Kreilinger, V. (2011). Bildung MACHT Gesellschaft. Sandoval, M., Sevignani, S., Rehbogen, A., Allmer, T., Hager, M. and Kreilinger, V. (Eds.), Westfälisches Dampfboot. ISBN 978-3-89691-876-5.

Chapters (10)

  1. Sandoval, M. and Littler, J. (2019). Creative hubs: a co-operative space? In Gill, R., Pratt, A. and Virani, T. (Eds.), Creative Hubs in Question (pp. 155–168). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-10652-2.
  2. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2015). The political economy of capitalist and alternative social media. The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media (pp. 165–175). ISBN 978-0-415-64404-4.
  3. Sandoval, M. (2015). The hands and brains of digital culture. Arguments for an inclusive approach to cultural labour. In Fuchs, C. and Fisher, E. (Eds.), Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age (pp. 42–59). Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 978-1-137-47857-3.
  4. Sandoval, M. (2014). Participation (Un)Limited: Social Media and the Prospects of a Common Culture. The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (pp. 66–76). Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-64147-0.
  5. Sandoval, M. (2013). Social media? In Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (Eds.), Critique, Social Media & the Information Society New York: Routledge.
  6. Sandoval, M. and Bjurling, K. (2013). Challenging Labour - Working Conditions in the Electronics Industry. In Croeser, S., Garwood, S. and Yakinthou, C. (Eds.), Voices from the Field: Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy Lexington Books.
  7. Fuchs, C. and Sandoval, M. (2013). Introduction critique, social media and the information society in the age of capitalist crisis. (pp. 1–48). ISBN 978-0-203-76407-7.
  8. Sevignani, S., Prey, R., Sandoval, M., Allmer, T., Prodnik, J.A. and Kreilinger, V. (2013). Critical studies of contemporary informational capitalism: The perspective of emerging scholars. Critique, Social Media and the Information Society (pp. 76–90). ISBN 978-0-203-76407-7.
  9. Sandoval, M. (2012). Consumer surveillance on web 2.0. In Fuchs, C., Boersma, K., Albrechtslund, A. and Sandoval, M. (Eds.), Internet and Surveillance Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8.
  10. Sandoval, M. (2011). Warum es and der Zeit ist den Begriff der Alternativmedien neu zu definieren. In. In Hüttner, B., Leidinger, C. and Oy, G. (Eds.), Handbuch der Alternativmedien 2011/2012 AG-Spak.

Journal articles (12)

  1. Sandoval, M. (2019). Entrepreneurial Activism? Platform Cooperativism Between Subversion and Co-optation. Critical Sociology. doi:10.1177/0896920519870577.
  2. Sandoval, M. (2018). From passionate labour to compassionate work. Cultural co-ops, DWYL and social change. European Journal of Cultural Studies.
  3. Sandoval, M. (2016). What would Rosa do? Co-operatives and radical politics. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, (63).
  4. Sandoval, M. (2016). Fighting Precarity with Co-operation? Worker Co-operatives in the Cultural Sector. New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics, 88, pp. 51–68. doi:10.3898/NEWF.88.04.2016.
  5. Sandoval, M. (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), pp. 608–624. doi:10.1177/0486613415574266.
  6. Sandoval, M. (2013). Corporate Social (Ir)Responsibility in Media and Communication Industries. Javnost - The Public, 20(3), pp. 5–23.
  7. Sandoval, M. (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), pp. 318–347.
  8. 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), pp. 428–443.
  9. Sandoval, M. and Fuchs, C. (2010). Towards a critical theory of alternative media. Telematics and Informatics, 27, pp. 141–150.
  10. 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, pp. 41–59.
  11. Sandoval, M. (2009). A critical contribution to the foundations of alternative media studies. Kurgu-Online, 1.
  12. 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).

Other Activities

Editorial activity

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