D.J. (Damion Jonathan) Bunders MSc

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2020

PhD Track Gigs of their own: Are worker-owned and worker-governed platforms viable?

In his PhD project, Damion investigates the challenges that gig workers face when organising themselves in a cooperative enterprise. In particular, he aims to provide insight into the viability and competitive (dis)advantages of platform cooperatives as one institutional approach for organising decent work in the gig economy by analysing the conditions under which cooperatives of gig workers can become resilient. The project addresses questions on enterprise formation, member commitment, democratic governance, and coordination of collective resources. Damion takes a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach, combining theory from sociology and institutional economics with interview, survey, and text analysis research. Just as economists have long wondered why firms are usually controlled by capital suppliers instead of by labour suppliers, this research project addresses the puzzle of why platforms are not more commonly owned and governed by workers.

Platform cooperatives, gig economy, future of work, labour-managed firms
Time frame
2020 -


  • Academic (4)
    • Bunders, D. J., Arets, M., Frenken, K., & De Moor, T. (2022). The feasibility of platform cooperatives in the gig economy. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 10(1), [100167]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcom.2022.100167

    • Varro, K., & Bunders, D. J. (2020). Bringing back the national to the study of globally circulating policy ideas: 'Actually existing smart urbanism' in Hungary and the Netherlands. European Urban and Regional Studies, 27(3), 209-226. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776419893731

    • Bunders, D., & Weerman, F. (2020). Social media and delinquency: Exploring the relation between online/offline interaction with friends and online/offline delinquency. . Kriminologie - Das Online-Journal | Criminology - The Online Journal, 2(2), 283-309. https://doi.org/10.18716/ojs/krimoj/2020.2.11

    • Bunders, D. J., & Varro, K. (2019). Problematizing data-driven urban practices: Insights from five Dutch 'smart cities'. Cities, 93, 145-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.004

  • Academic (1)
    • Bunders, D. J. (2021). Gigs of their own: reinventing worker cooperativism in the platform economy and its implications for collective action. In J. Meijerink, G. Jansen, & V. Daskalova (Eds.), Platform Economy Puzzles: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Gig Work (pp. 188–208). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839100284.00019


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