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Nicki Lisa Cole, PhD is a broadly trained American sociologist with expertise in global political economy, global supply chains, the ethics of production and consumption, and consumer culture. Her current research focuses on the barriers and pathways to social, economic and environmental sustainability in the global electronics sector.

Past projects have focused on the social and environmental costs of electronics production and the branding, marketing and consumer culture surrounding Apple products. Nicki also has experience and expertise in food and agriculture, with past projects focused on the global trades in coffee and sugar.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD: “You’re Not Just Buying Coffee”: Ethical Consumerism in the Global Age, University of California, Santa Barbara

1 Jan 200710 Sept 2011

Award Date: 10 Sept 2011

Unknown, MA: Not ‘Just’ Satire: Decoding the Racial Narratives of Saturday Night Live, University of California, Santa Barbara

1 Oct 20041 Dec 2006

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

BA: The allure and social significance of the street performer, Pomona College

1 Sept 199816 May 2002

Award Date: 16 May 2002

External positions

Senior Researcher, Know-Center GmbH

10 Aug 2020 → …

Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society

1 Oct 20199 Aug 2020

Research Associate, University of York

1 Aug 201731 May 2018

Research Support Officer, University of York

1 Apr 201731 Mar 2019

Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society

1 Oct 201431 May 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Pomona College

1 Jan 201231 May 2014

Austrian Fields of Study 2012 (6-stellig)

  • 504001 General sociology
  • 504029 Environmental sociology
  • 504023 Political sociology
  • 504030 Economic sociology
  • 509025 Technology studies


  • HM Sociology
  • HD Industries. Land use. Labor
  • T Technology (General)


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