Mattia Dessì

Mattia Dessì


I joined the University of Leeds in 2019. I did my BA in Political Science at the University of Cagliari, and, following this, I completed my Masters in African Studies at the University of Dalarna and Internation Relations at the University of Cagliari.

Research interests

My research interests revolve around the world of work, trade unionism and Marxist theory. The focus of my PhD is the mining industry in South Africa and the interrelation between technological change, organisational health and safety and political economy. Using an operaista reading of Marx, it develops a critique of the fourth industrial revolution literature while relying on empirical evidence coming from semi-structured interviews, document analysis, and participant observations.

During the course of my doctoral experience, I’ve also collaborated with colleagues on several other research projects covering topics such as the platform economy and the energy transition. 


  • MA International Relations
  • MA African Studies
  • BA Political Science

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change