Vili Lehdonvirta

Research Fellow Oxford Internet Institute

Research Areas: Economic Sociology.


Vili Lehdonvirta is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is an economic sociologist who studies the social and economic dimensions of new information technologies around the world. His particular areas of expertise are virtual goods, virtual currencies, and digital labour. Vili's book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) is forthcoming from MIT Press.

Vili graduated with an MSc in Information Networks from Helsinki University of Technology in 2005 and obtained his PhD in Economic Sociology from Turku School of Economics in 2009 with a thesis on virtual consumption. In 2003-2004, he studied Technology Law at the National University of Singapore. During and after postgraduate studies, Vili worked at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Waseda University, University of Tokyo and London School of Economics. Before his academic career, Vili worked as a game programmer.

Recognized as an expert on online economies, Vili has advised many companies and organizations around Europe, United States, and Japan, including Rovio (Angry Birds), CCP Games (EVE Online), and the World Bank.