Dr Wanjiru Njoya

Senior Lecturer

Amory 141

My current research explores ideas of freedom, autonomy and choice in on-demand work performed through digital platforms. I am interested in how individual workers choose terms and conditions of employment, what the notion of free choice realistically means in the context of selling one’s labour in a capitalist market, and whether the policy debates adequately reflect the rich diversity of individual preferences. The importance of these questions is demonstrated in ongoing disputes about employment rights for self-employed workers in transportation industries, such as taxi and courier services. I explore the interplay between socio-economic vulnerability and contractual freedom, and how that shapes our definitions of sustainable economic wellbeing. Recent work:

'Contractual Freedom and Private Ordering in the On-Demand Economy' paper prepared for the 16th Annual Symposium of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy: The Changing Nature of Work and the Economics of Employment in the 21st Century, George Mason University, November 2019. I argue in favour of facilitating free choice betweeen competing employment models, with continuing scope for experimentation. 

'The Acceptable Face of Capitalism: Law, Corporations and Economic Wellbeing' (2018) 29 King's Law Journal
   I highlight the contribution made by large corporate employers in enhancing prosperity and economic wellbeing. I argue that the ideal of economic equality matters not for its own sake, but for its contribution to the more important goal of enhancing human flourishing and fuller participation in social and economic life.

'The contract of employment, corporate law and labour income' in Mark Freedland (General Editor) The Contract of Employment (Oxford University Press, 2016).                                                     I explore the conceptual links between workers' income expectations, whether or not expressed formally through contracts, and the legal interpretations of the wage-work bargain. I argue that these conceptual links are important in understanding the debates surrounding income inequality.

With Alice Carse, 'Labour law as the law of the business enterprise' in A Bogg, C Costello, ACL Davies and J Prassl (eds) The Autonomy of Labour Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015)
  We explain how labour law meets a range of policy goals including employment protection and enterprise flexibility, profitability and competitiveness.


LLB (Nairobi) LLM (Hull) PhD (Cambridge) MA (Oxford)

Research Associate, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

Rhodes Scholar (St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and Kenya, 1998)


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