Ville Takala PhD awarded: A neoliberalisation of social data? Big Data and the future of official statistics

This past summer Ville Takala successfully passed his PhD viva.  His dissertation, ‘A neoliberalisation of social data?
Big Data and the future of official statistics’, explores responses to Big Data within National Statistical Institutes (NSIs). He suggests that Big Data signals not just an increasing privatisation of data production and related infrastructures, but also an increasing pressure to adopt neoliberal rationalities and values in the public sector. The thesis suggests that these processes are potentially undermining the social welfarist principles upon which the production of official statistics at many NSIs has for long been based. He argues that the social organisation of Big Data must be rethought and that the question about the future role of NSIs should form a central component of such rethinking.