Digit Debates

Our Summer webinar series presents cutting-edge research from leading thinkers about how digital technologies are changing work.

The Digit Debates series sparks debate, challenges assumptions and is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand how new technologies will impact employers, employees, job seekers and governments.

Register through the buttons below to join us in 2021 on Wednesdays, 1-2pm (BST) online*, from 05 May to 16 June, 2021.

*Please note that the first Digit Debate on 05 May 2021 will take place from 4-5.30pm BST

05 May 2021
  • Chris Benner & Chris Tilly
  • Technology and Transformations in US Retail: Unequal Power, Unequal Outcomes

12 May 2021
  • Anke Hassel
  • Platform firms and the restructuring of work
19 May 2021
  • Aaron Benanav
  • Automation and the End of Work?
26 May 2021
  • Xiaolan Fu
  • Live from the farm: How Chinese video apps are changing the global development landscape
09 June 2021
  • Abigail Marks
  • Pandemic, Performance and the Pace of Work – to what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic really changed the world of work?
16 June 2021
  • Vili Lehdonvirta
  • How does labour market digitalisation affect social mobility? Evidence from a European survey of online platform workers

Watch talks from the Spring 2021 Digit Debates Series

03 February 2021
  • Simon Deakin
  • Decoding Employment Status
10 February 2021
  • Simon Greenman¬†
  • Why the world needs to worry about the ethics of AI
24 February 2021
  • Alexandra Mousavizadeh
  • The geo-politics of artificial intelligence
03 March 2021
  • Janine Berg
  • Protecting workers in the digital age¬†
10 March 2021
  • Robin Allen QC & Dee Masters
  • What to do? Almost everything about us, is happening without us
17 March 2021
  • Aida Ponce Del Castillo
  • Algorithmic workplace surveillance

Watch talks from the Autumn 2020 Digit Debates Series

David Hesmondhalgh
  • 04 November 2020
  • Is music streaming bad for musicians?
Francesca Sobande
  • 11 November 2020
  • The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain.
Juliet Schor
  • 18 November 2020
  • What do platforms do? Beyond the pro-con debate on gig labour
Debra Howcroft
  • 25 November 2020
  • A typology of crowdwork platforms
Duncan Gallie
  • 02 December 2020
  • Perspectives on the future in the sociology of work
Nachi Subramanian
  • 09 December 2020
  • How can online employee reviews help firms to innovate?