Our research programme will generate new knowledge to inform the development of an analytical framework around the concept of the ‘connected worker’ and the ‘connected economy’.

Our work is focused in four broad themes:

1. The impact of digitalisation on work and employment

Our research examines the conceptual, regulatory and empirical foundations of emerging ideas about digitalisation, the connected worker and economy.

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2. Employers digital practices at work survey

This major survey of 2,000 managers will provide new evidence about how and why technologies are being implemented at work and their impacts.

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3. Employers’ and employees’ experience of digital work across sectors

Research into four economic sectors will generate detailed, qualitative insight into the impact of digital technologies in the creative industries, consumer services, business services and public services.

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4. Reconnecting the disconnected: new channels of voice and representation

Our research is exploring how the disconnected attempt to reconnect, through public employment services, new types of self-employment, platform work—as well as workers’ responses to building new forms of voice and representation in an international context.

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