Our ESRC-funded research aims to increase understanding of how digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, job seekers and governments.

Forthcoming events

7 June 2023

Bruno Palier and Zhen Im present findings from their work exploring the political consequences of the digital transformation of work.

21 June 2023

Novi Quadrianto presents new research on developing machine learning models that are both algorithmically robust and fair.

12 July 2023

How will digitalization transform not only social risks in health, education and the labour market—but also the means by which these risks are addressed?

Latest news

Digit Innovation Fund Round 4 now open for applications

20 April 2023

The Digit Innovation Fund supports innovative research projects that advance our understanding of how digital technologies are transforming work.

Digit researchers author new policy studies on jobs in quick commerce

30 March 2023

Digit researchers have produced two new policy studies exploring work in the emerging quick commerce sector.  The studies were commissioned by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and Uni Europa.

Digit researchers contribute to OECD report on AI in manufacturing and finance

28 March 2023

Digit researchers have contributed to a new OECD report examining the impact of AI on workplaces in the finance and manufacturing sectors. 

Latest Publications

Black, Brown and Asian cultural workers, creativity and activism: The ambivalence of digital self-branding practices

Francesca Sobande, David Hesmondhalgh and Anamik Saha (2023), The Sociological Review

Stepping stones or trapdoors? Paid and unpaid graduate internships in the creative sector

Wil Hunt and Peter Scott (2023), British Journal of Sociology in Education

From ‘making up’ professionals to epistemic colonialism: Digital health platforms in the Global South

Dimitra Petrakaki, Petros Chamakiotis and Daniel Curto-Millet (2023), Social Science & Medicine

Latest Blogs

ChatGPT: from Farce to Tragedy?

15 May 2023

Simone Vannuccini argues that generative AI such as ChatGPT is a very powerful new tool, and yet it is just a tool.

What impact did Furlough Policies have on Workers’ Mental Health?

31 March 2023

Ioulia Bessa on new research comparing the wellbeing of those who experienced reduced working hours, or who stopped work completely, with those who continued to work full-time.

How to make automation work for workers

14 March 2023

David Spencer argues that if workers and society rather than big tech companies such as Amazon are to benefit from automation, they need to have a larger influence and stake in it.

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