Dr Fabian Stephany

Departmental Research Lecturer, Oxford Internet Institute


Dr Fabian Stephany is a Departmental Research Lecturer in AI and Work at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, a Research Affiliate at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin and a Fellow at the Brussels-based Think Tank Bruegel.

Leading the SkillScale Project, Dr Stephany investigates the emergence of new skills and sustainability of novel occupations in times of technological disruption.

He is a co-creator of the Online Labour Observatory – a digital data hub, hosted by the OII and the International Labour Organisation, for researchers, policy makers, journalists, and the public interested in online platform work. His research has been published in leading academic journals and covered by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Nikkei Asia, and other popular media around the world.

Dr Stephany holds a PhD and degrees in Economics and Social Sciences from different European institutions, including Universitá Bocconi Milan and University of Cambridge. As an economist and senior data scientist, Dr Stephany has been working in the private sector and for various actors in the international policy landscape, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank or the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in Paris.


  • The future of work amid technological disruption
  • Jobs/skills of the future
  • Upskilling and reskilling
  • Platform economy
  • Online gig economy / Online labour
  • Network science
  • Internet economics

Media experience

Dr Fabian Stephany has extensive experience in working with the media in various forms, such as contributions to topical articles or appearing in podcasts, radio and video interviews. He has participated in training courses on how to exchange with journalists and how to present research findings to a broader audience. Dr Stephany's research has been covered by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Nikkei Asia, and other popular media around the world.


English, German