Brett Neilson is a Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, where he co-convenes the research program on Automated Worlds. 

Brett’s research and writing aim to provide alternative ways of conceiving globalisation, with emphasis on its social and cultural dimensions. Drawing on cultural and social theory as well as on empirical studies, his work has derived original and provocative means for rethinking the significance of globalisation for a wide range of contemporary problems and predicaments, including the proliferation of borders, the ascendancy of financial markets, the pressures of population ageing, the governance of logistical chains, and the role of digital infrastructures. His writings have been translated into sixteen languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovenian, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

He is author (with Sandro Mezzadra) of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013) and The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2019). 

Currently, he is working on the ARC Discovery Project, ‘The Geopolitics of Automation’. Previously, he has led the ARC Discovery Projects, ‘Data Centres and the Governance of Territory and Labour’, ‘Logistics as Global Governance: Infrastructure, Software and Labour Along the New Silk Road’, and ‘Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century’.