Cosmin Popan is a Leverhulme post-doctoral researcher from Romania, currently based at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focuses on the platform-based gig economy and its reconfiguration of urban spaces, by investigating the management, solidarity and resistance of cycle couriers in three European cities: Manchester, Cluj (Romania) and Lyon (France). More details about his fieldwork can be found at, a website which gathers, in a multimedia and interactive format, platform food courier stories.

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