Vili Lehdonvirta
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Vili Lehdonvirta, PhD (Econ. Soc), MSc (Tech), Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Economic Sociology, University of Turku.

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Greetings! I am a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.

In my research, I examine the social and economic dimensions of new information technologies around the world. My particular areas of expertise are virtual goods, virtual currencies and digital labour. My book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) is published by MIT Press.

I have advised various companies and organizations in Europe, United States and Japan, including Rovio (Angry Birds), CCP Games (EVE Online) and the World Bank.

Previously I worked at London School of Economics, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Tokyo and Waseda University. Before my academic career, I worked as a game programmer.

See also

Virtual Economists Ltd - my consulting and market research practice

Amimaru - a startup I co-founded that serves fans of digital Japanese pop culture

Virtual Economy Research Network - a platform for research collaboration and dissemination I co-founded in 2006

LinkedIn profile - my work history

TASO 131 - a game I created as a hobby project in the 1990s

My research

Below is a selection of my papers, presentations and videos organized into four thematical areas. A full list of my publications is available here. Citation counts are available here.

See my full list of publications