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O'Neil, Assoc. Prof. Mathieu

Mathieu O'Neil

Associate Professor, Communication

Faculty of Arts & Design
Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C14
Telephone: (02) 6201 2283
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5999


Mathieu joined the University of Canberra in October 2013. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. His research and teaching are multidisciplinary, incorporating communication studies, the sociology of fields and controversies, online research methods, social network analysis, and labour and organization studies.

Mathieu previously held academic appointments at the Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, the Université Paris Sorbonne and the Australian National University, where he contributed to the founding of the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON). Mathieu has also worked as a researcher for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and as a magazine editor and exhibition curator. In 2010 he founded the online Journal of Peer Production. He can be found on Twitter @mathieuoneil and on

Mathieu's research has been published in Social Networks, Information, Communication & Society, Réseaux, and Organization Studies, amongst others. His latest book, Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: The US Matrix was published by Palgrave in 2015.

Areas of Teaching

  • Digital Media Literacy
  • Communication Evolution
  • Networks and Social Media PG
  • Mathieu is available to supervise honours and postgraduate students in any area related to his research interests.

Research Interests

  • Field theory and the diffusion of innovation
  • Labour in the digital economy
  • Legitimacy and work in peer production
  • Online communities, cultures and networks
  • Online social movements and activism
  • Organizational and environmental communication

Qualifications Obtained

  • Ph.D. in American Society and Politics, Université Diderot - Paris 7
  • MA in American Society and Politics, Université Diderot - Paris 7

Research Profiles

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3537-9036

Recent Publications

Single-authored books:

  • O'Neil, M. (2009). Cyberchiefs. Authority and Autonomy in Online Tribes. London: Pluto Press.

Edited books:

  • O’Neil, M. & Pentzold, C., Toupin, S. (2020). The Handbook of Peer Production. Under contract, Wiley.
  • Frayssé, O. & O'Neil, M. (2015) Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: The US Matrix. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-47389-9

Edited collections:

  • O’Neil, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017). “Peer production and work”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May.
  • Gorbatai, A., Jemielnak, D., O'Neil, M. (2016). "Management and the future of open collaboration" Special section in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(3).
  • O'Neil, M. (2012). Productive negation, Journal of Peer Production 1, July.
  • O'Neil, M. (2011). Mass peer activism, Journal of Peer Production 0, July.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • O’Neil, M. & Ackland, R., “Competition in an online social movement field”. Revise and Resubmit, Information, Communication & Society.
  • Ackland, R, O’Neil, M. & Park, S. (2018). “Engagement with News on Twitter: Insights from Australia and Korea,” Asian Journal of Communication, special issue on Introducing Computational Social Science for Asia-Pacific Communication Research.
  • O'Neil, M. (2015). "Labour out of control. The political economy of capitalist and ethical organisations." Organization Studies, 36 (12), 1627-1647.
  • O'Neil, M. (2014). Hacking Weber: legitimacy, critique and trust in peer production. Information, Communication & Society, 17(7), 872-888.
  • O'Neil, M. (2013). Collaborative Internet governance: terms and conditions of analysis. Revue Française d'Études Américaines 134, Special issue on Contested Internet Governance (ed. D. Frau-Meigs), 98-113, October. 
  • O'Neil, M. (2013). Domination et critique dans les projets collaboratifs sur Internet." Réseaux Vol 31, No. 181, pp. 119-145.
  • Ackland, R. & O'Neil, M. (2011). Online collective identity: The case of the environmental movement. Social Networks 33(3), 177-190, July.
  • O'Neil, M. (2011). The sociology of critique in Wikipedia. Journal of Peer Production 0, 1-12, July.
  • O'Neil, M. (2006). Rebels for the system? Virus writers, general intellect, cyberpunk and criminal capitalism. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 20(2), 225-241, June.

Refereed conference proceedings:

  • Ackland, R., O'Neil, M., Standish, R. & Buchhorn, M. (2006). VOSON: A web services approach for facilitating research into online networks. Second International Conference on e-Social Science, University of Manchester,UK, 28-30 June.
  • O'Neil, M. (2005). Blogs and authority. Blogtalk Downunder, University Technology Sydney, Australia, 19-22 May.
  • O'Neil, M. (2004). Exclusion and inclusion in personal media networks. In M. Fine, N. Smith & A. Wise (eds) Mobile Boundaries/Rigid Worlds: Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the CRSI 2004, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 27-28 September.
  • O'Neil, M. (2001). Digital consumption and other conflicts within digital capitalism (In response to D. Schiller, Hard times for digital capitalism). Proceedings of the Conference on the Social Impact of Transnational Corporations, Centre for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements, Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, France, 11-12 January.

Chapters in books:

  • O'Neil, M, and Ackland, R. (2016). Towards a theory of online field/force. In M. Allen, J. Hunsinger & L. Klastrup (Eds), International Handbook of Internet Studies Vol.2 (accepted 7 February 2016). Amsterdam: Springer.
  • Frayssé, O. & O'Neil, M. (2015). Hacked in the USA: Prosumption and digital labour. In O. Frayssé & M. O'Neil, M. (Eds), Digital labour and prosumer capitalism: The US matrix (pp. 1-19). Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-47389-9.
  • Söderberg. J. & O'Neil, M. (2014) "Introduction to Book of Peer Production." In Söderberg, J. & maxigas  (Eds) Book of Peer Production. Aarhus, DK: Aarhus Universitetsförlag, pp. 2-3. ISBN 978-87-87564-83-0.
  • O'Neil, M. (2011). Wikipedia and authority. In G. Lovink & N. Tkacz (eds) Critical Point of View Reader. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 309-324.
  • O'Neil, M. (2008). Radical tribes at warre: Primitivists on the net. In T. L. Adams & S. A. Smith (eds) Electronic Tribes. The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 251-268.
  • O'Neil, M. (2004). Les paradoxes d'une dissidence californienne: Les « zines » de la San Francisco Bay Area (1980-1995). In A. Foucrier & A. Coppolani (eds) La Californie: périphérie ou laboratoire? Paris: L'Harmattan, 47-59.
  • Ledoux, N. & O'Neil, M. (2011). Utopia, Inc – Un contre-projet pour l'île Seguin: la cité des plaisirs. In L. Lavoie (ed.) Utopia. De quelques utopies à l'aube du 3eme millénaire, Collection Sociologie contemporaine. Laval: Presses Universitaires de Laval / Paris: Éditions Syllepses, 37-44.

Journal and report articles:

  • Jensen, M. & O’Neil, M. (2018). “Fake News, Real Problems: What is disinformation and how do we confront it?”, Digital News Report: Australia 2018, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.
  • De Blanc, M., O’Neil, M., Raissi, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017).“Preliminary Report on the influence of capital in an ethical project: Quantitative data from the 2016 Debian Survey”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
  • O’Neil, M. & Zacchiroli, S. (2017). “Making Lovework: Editorial notes for the JoPP issue on Peer Production and Work”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
  • O’Neil, M., Johan Söderberg, Maurizio Teli, & Stefano Zacchiroli (2017). “Now, the Commons”, Journal of Peer Production No. 10, May 2017. (online)
  • Gorbatai, A., Jemielnak, D. & O’Neil, M. (2016). Guest editorial “Management and the future of open collaboration”. Special section in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(3) 2016.
  • O'Neil, M. (2012). Internet Studies in Europe. InMedia No. 2, October. (online)
  • O'Neil, M. (2012). Editorial notes. Productive negation. Journal of Peer Production 1, July. (online)
  • O'Neil, M. (2012). Stéphane Hugon, Circumnavigations. L'Imaginaire du Voyage dans l'Experience Internet. InMedia 1, May. (online)
  • O'Neil, M. (2011). Domination & networks. A response to Nathaniel Tkacz. Third part in a series on ANT and Power, Journal of Peer Production 0, July. (online)
  • O'Neil, M. (2010). L'autorità su internet: Per una teoria povera [tr: Deborah Borca]. Aut Aut No. 347, 36-51, September.
  • O'Neil, M. (2010). Shirky and Sanger, or the costs of crowdsourcing. Journal of Science Communication 9(1), 1-6, March.
  • Tan, A., O'Neil, M. & Davis, L. (2007). The network within: Singapore's Artscommunity e-group. Focas. Focus on Contemporary Arts and Society 6, 278-297, July.
  • O’Neil, M.& Kelley, D. (2016). Decoding Publics: A review of Digital Media Analytical Tools, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.

Other publications - books and magazines:

  • O'Neil, M. (1999). Mixage. Exhibition catalogue. Alliance Française, Singapore.
  • O'Neil, M. (1997-2000). Lien. Bi-monthly arts magazine. Alliance Française, Singapore.
  • Camps-Campins, Y., Ledoux, N. & O'Neil, M. (1992) Out of Nowhere. Art book. Paris, France.

Other publications - press articles:

  • O'Neil, M. (2010). Wikipédia ou la fin de l'expertise. Manière de voir 109, 46-49, February-March.
  • O'Neil, M. (2009). Gladstone: Industrial paradise or company town? Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, 10-11, October.
  • O'Neil, M. (2009). Wikipedia: Experts are us. Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, 14-15, May.
  • O'Neil, M. (2001). Parler sans permis à Singapour. Manière de voir 56, 46-49, March-April.
  • O'Neil, M. (2000). Mixage à Singapour. Parpaings 11, 15-18, March.
  • O'Neil, M. (1998). Internet ou la fin de la vie privée. Le Monde diplomatique 534, 23, September.
  • O'Neil, M. (1997). The lay of the land: Portrait of the zinester as a social statistic. Factsheet Five 62, 10-11, Winter.
  • O'Neil, M. (1997). Le narcisisme des micro-journaux américains. Le Monde diplomatique 519, 24, June.


  • Faculty of Arts and Design Collaborative Research Grant. O'Neil M, Turner, B. Exploring Online Bee Networks, 2014, $3,000
  • Australian Research Council SR0567298. Dr R. Ackland, Dr R. Gibson, Dr M. O'Neil, Dr M. Buchhorn. Title: Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks. Special Research Initiative (e-Research Support). $100.000, 2005.
  • Doctoral research grant, Stanford University. US$20.000 stipend, free tuition, 1993.


  • Awarded the Communication and Information Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) 2012 Paper Award for the article "Online collective identity: the case of the environmental movement" (co-authored with R. Ackland), published in Social Networks. The CITASA Paper Award recognises an outstanding published paper or book chapter related to the sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology.
  • Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2008-
  • Visiting Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2007.
  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for New Media Arts, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2004-2005.
  • Awarded the highest commendation of the jury for Ph.D. dissertation and oral defense ("Félicitations du jury à l'unanimité"), 1996.

Debian survey infosheet.

    Selection of publications.
  • Journal of Peer Production
    Through the analysis of the forms, operations, and contradictions of peer producing communities in contemporary capitalist society, the journal aims to open up new perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change.
  • Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks
    VOSON aims to advance the Social Science of the Internet through new empirical research into online networks and the development of the VOSON software for the collection and analysis of hyperlink networks.