SASE 2024 includes Digit events for early career researchers and mini-conferences

3 July 2024

Digit co-hosted an Early Career Workshop at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics’ 2024 Annual Conference, as well as running a blog-writing workshop and mini-conferences.

The society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) held its 2024 conference at the University of Limerick in Ireland from 27 to 29 June. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘For dignified and sustainable economic lives: disrupting the emotions, politics, and technologies of neoliberalism’.

Early Career Workshop

Our joint Early Career Workshop with SASE took place on 26 June 2024, a day before the beginning of the main conference.

The workshop kicked off with Nina Bandelj (SASE president), Zsuzsanna Vargha (the SASE Early Career Workshop Committee Chair), Annelies Fryberger (SASE Executive Director), and Jacqueline O’Reilly (Co-Director of Digit) welcoming the 22 participants.

During the day, each of the 22 participants were able to present their papers and receive detailed feedback from peers and SASE members. They also benefitted from Career development guidance and networking opportunities.

The attendees also heard from two Chief Editors of Socio-Economic Review (SER), Akos Rona-Tas and Alya Guseva, on how to get published at SER and in other academic journals.

Finally, there was a presentation delivered by Jacqueline O’Reilly and Rachel Verdin, Digit Research Fellow, discussing ‘Varieties of Digital Work Ecosystems’.

Jacqueline O’Reilly and Rachel Verdin presenting

Jacqueline O’Reilly and Rachel Verdin presenting

Dr Verdin also offered advice on early career researcher development, focusing on building supportive networks. She explained that networks will vary depending on where you want to take your career, but it is important to identify people and their subject areas and skills, as well as how you can build lasting professional relationships.

Digit would like to thank all those who applied and the participants who attended, as well as the Committee Members who reviewed papers and worked with the participants.

Blog workshop

Early Career Workshop participants were also invited to the Digit session on ‘How to write good blogs’, led by Emma Russell, Digit Co-investigator and Gemma Smith, Digit’s Research Communications and Impact Manager.

Emma and Gemma led an interactive session on how to write engaging and effective blogs that can help researchers to communicate insights from their work to non-academic audiences.


Digit researchers also organised two mini-conferences on some of our key research themes.

Digital work eco-systems, connected workers and fractious connections

Organised by Prof. Jackie O’ReillyProf. Mark StuartDr. Esme TerryDr. Rachel Verdin and Dr. Steve Rolf.

This mini conference addressed issues of intersectional inequalities around race, gender and ability in the evolution of digital connectivity by focusing on the different impact of connectedness for different communities. It also included papers that provided an historical perspective on the evolution of digital technologies at work.

Working time reduction: Toward a more balanced, just and sustainable economy

Organised by Prof. Brendan BurchellDavid Frayne, Daiga Kamerāde and colleagues.

This mini-conference brought together the latest cutting-edge scholarship on worktime reduction. The panels provided an opportunity to set out what is already known, how new evidence is affecting scholars’ understanding of work, and what future research agendas should explore.

Professor Burchell was also a coauthor on papers presented at the Annual Conference on the variable experience of job quality in platform work and global perspectives on platform work regulation and governance.

Professor Kamerāde also coauthored a paper on underemployment for another mini-conference.

Participants of the working time reduction mini-conference

Participants of the working time reduction mini-conference

  • ‘Towards an egalitarian strategy for working time renewal?’ by Jill Rubery
Towards sustainable work in the digital care economy

Organised by Digit Associate Fellow Caroline Murphy and colleagues.

This mini conference brought together scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds with a focus on aspects of long-term care work.

  • ‘Care work in the platform economy: compounding challenges for trade unions’ by Caroline Murphy, Ivana Pais, and Tish Gibbons

Our thanks to

  • Zsuzsanna Vargha [chair] (ESCP Business School)
  • Caroline Arnold (Brooklyn College, City University of New York)
  • Chiara Benassi (King’s College London)
  • Katherine Chen (City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Swati Chintala (New York University, Digit Associate Fellow)
  • Joshua Cova (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies)
  • Kate Hardy (University of Leeds & Digit Co-Investigator)
  • Emma Hughes (Leeds University Business School & Digit Co-Investigator)
  • Laura Jarvis-King (University of Manchester & Digit Research Fellow)
  • Daniel Kinderman (University of Delaware)
  • Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (University of California – San Diego)
  • Roberto Pedersini (University of Milan)
  • Steve Rolf (University of Sussex & Digit Research Fellow)
  • Matthias Thiemann (Sciences Po – Paris)
  • Elizabeth Thurbon (UNSW Sydney)
  • Natascha van der Zwan (Leiden University)
  • Anna Wozny (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor)
  • Katherine Chen
  • Victor Chen
  • Kate Hardy
  • Emma Hughes
  • Daniel Kinderman
  • Roberto Pedersini
  • Natasch van der Zwan
  • Zsuzsanna Varga
  • Annelies Fryberger
  • Pat Zraidi
  • Yadu C R
  • Ling Li
  • Min Young Song
  • Bianca-Ioanidia Mirea
  • Maria Jose Haro Sly
  • Sonia Filipetto
  • Vitória Oliveira
  • Danyang Li
  • Julian Jürgenmeyer
  • Rafferty Thompson
  • Nai Lee Kalema
  • Kethelyn Ferreira
  • Tiago Vieira
  • Terrence Ting-Yen Chen
  • Yintan Fan
  • Subadevan Boyd-Devan
  • Alexander Rustler
  • Rosie Collington
  • Marion Cassard
  • Maria Florencia Labiano
  • Simon Yin
  • Alexandre Guelerman

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