Kaire Holts

PhD Candidate, Hertfordshire School of Business

Kaire´s research is centered around the nature of digital labour or virtual work. She is particularly interested in understanding how digital technologies have transformed labour processes, and are contributing to the emergence of new types of work and the shifting of boundaries between play and work.

In her doctoral thesis (supervisors: Huws & Randle), she is looking at work that has emerged in association with online gaming and gambling. While recognising that a high proportion of online gambling and gaming may be carried out purely for pleasure, there are players for whom it is a work activity by providing them with main source of income or supplementing earnings from other sources. Kaire´s research explores the characteristics of these work activities through the lens of the sociology of work.

Before joining the research team at the University of Hertfordshire, Kaire worked for the International Labour Office (ILO) and for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva. In addition to her doctoral research, she is actively involved in the COST Action on Dynamics of Virtual Work.