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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Greig de Peuter

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2501

Office Location: DAWB 3-148
Office Hours: W15: Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm
Academic Background



Greig de Peuter's areas of research interest include the political economy of communication; autonomist Marxism; labour, employment, and workers’ organizations in the creative industries; the political economy of video games; and alternative economies. He is collaborating with Enda Brophy and Nicole Cohen on a SSHRC-funded research project--Flexible Workforces Respond to the Creative Economy: The Recomposition of Labour Politics in an Age of Precarity (2011-2014). He was a recipient of doctoral and post-doctoral SSHRC fellowships, and he has been a visiting scholar at New York University. Alongside his academic work, he has been involved in alternative education and curatorial projects, including Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (2005-2010) and, currently, Letters & HandshakesHe received his PhD from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.


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Courses taught

CS203 Conceptual Issues in Communication and Culture
CS350 Political Economy of Communication and Culture
CS400u Work and Cultural Industries
CS653 Video Game Studies


Dyer-Witheford, N. and G. de Peuter. 2009. Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Coté, M., R.J.F. Day, and G. de Peuter (eds.). 2007. Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


Kline, S., N. Dyer-Witheford, and G. de Peuter. 2003. Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

Selected recent publications

de Peuter, G. Forthcoming. “Counterplay.” In P.H. Ang and R. Mansell (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

G. de Peuter and N. Cohen. Forthcoming. "Emerging Labour Politics in Creative Industries." In K. Oakley and J. O'Connor (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. New York: Routledge.

E. Brophy and G. de Peuter. Forthcoming. "Labours of Mobility: Communicative Capitalism and the Smartphone Cybertariat." In A. Herman, J. Hadlaw, and T. Swiss (eds.) Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries. New York: Routledge.


de Peuter, G., E. Brophy, and N. Cohen. Forthcoming. “Locating Labour in Mobile Media Studies.” In G. Goggin and L. Hjorth (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. London: Routledge.

de Peuter, G. 2014. "Beyond the Model Worker: Surveying a Creative Precariat." Culture Unbound 6: 263-284. 

de Peuter, G. 2014. “Confronting Precarity in the Warhol Economy: Notes from New York City.” Journal of Cultural Economy 7.1: 31-47. 

Dyer-Witheford, N. and G. de Peuter. 2013. “Empire@Play: Virtual Games and Global Capitalism.” In A. Kroker and M. Kroker (eds.) Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Second Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 162-178. [Originally published in Ctheory here.]

Cohen, N. and G. de Peuter. 2013. “The Politics of Precarity: Can the Urban Worker Strategy Address Precarious Employment for All?Briarpatch Magazine, November/December, 6-9.

de Peuter, G., N. Cohen, and E. Brophy. 2012. “Interns of the Creative Industries, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose—Literally.” Briarpatch, November/December, 8-12. 

de Peuter, G. 2012. “Level Up: Video Game Production in Canada.” In I. Wagman and P. Urquhart (eds.) Cultural Making Sense of Media in a Digital Age. Toronto: Lorimer, 77-93.

de Peuter, G. and N. Dyer-Witheford. 2012. “A Playful Multitude? The Mobilization and Counter-Mobilization of Immaterial Game Labour.” In B. Moeran and A. Alacovska (eds.) Creative Industries: Critical Readings. Oxford: Berg, 79-104. [Originally published in Fibreculture Journal here.]

N. Dyer-Witheford and G. de Peuter. 2012. "'EA Spouse' and the Crisis of Video Game Labour: Enjoyment, Exclusion, Exploitation, Exodus." In J. Zagal (ed.) The Video Game Ethics Reader. San Diego, CA: Cognella, 207-224. [Originally published in Canadian Journal of Communication here.]

de Peuter, G. 2011. Creative Economy and Labor Precarity: A Contested Convergence.” Special issue, “Towards an Autonomist Communication Studies: Assessing Hardt and Negri’s Trilogy, ed. Jack Z. Bratich. Journal of Communication Inquiry 35.4: 417-425.

de Peuter, G. 2011. “Video Games.” In G. Ritzer (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

de Peuter, G. and N. Dyer-Witheford. 2010. “Commons and Cooperatives.” Affinities 3: 30-56.

Dyer-Witheford, N. and G. de Peuter. 2010. “Games of Multitude.” Fibreculture Journal 16.