Introducing the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

14 Nov 2019: Professors Jacqueline O’Reilly and Mark Stuart, Co-Directors for the ESRC funded Digital Futures at Work Research Centre provide a short overview of the aims and objectives of the Centre.

An introduction to the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

14 Nov 2019: Prof Mark Stuart introduces the key areas of study of the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre. He describes the need to explore the impact of digitalisation on work and develop an evidence base on how technology is changing the world of work. The Centre will conduct a large employers survey and also investigate issues of voice and new representation.

Introducing the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

14 Nov 2019: Prof Jacqueline O’Reilly describes the key aims and activities of the ESRC Digital Futures of Work Research Centre. The Centre seeks to understand how technological change will affect the way we live, work and interact with each other. The Centre will examine concepts of connectedness, legal regulation, sectoral case studies, new forms of employment and employee voice.

Digital inequalities

25 Nov 2019: Dr Becky Faith discusses how she will be investigating digital inequalities in terms of finding work and access to social protection, with a particular focus on young people, as part of the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre’s programme.

Working life and well-being

25 Nov 2019: Dr Brendan Burchell has been studying people’s working lives – what makes a good job and good well-being – for several years. But how will future technological change impact on workers and how can businesses and policymakers manage the change to ensure both financial and psychological wellbeing for individuals?

Technological use in the workplace

25 Nov 2019: Dr Chidiebere Obbonnaya will be leading the Digit Centre’s Data Observatory on technological use in the workplace. His own research looks at how employers can best design jobs to enable employees to perform well whilst also experiencing job satisfaction.

Disconnected workers

25 Nov 2019: Dr Jo Ingold introduces the concept of disconnected workers and the potential for the ESRC funded Digital Futures at Work Research Centre’s work in this area to influence policy and service delivery to ensure people can get into work.

Digitalisation and risks to low-skilled, low-paid jobs

25 Nov 2019: Dr Odul Bozkurt’s research focuses on the experiences of different groups of workers, particular low-skilled, low-paid jobs. As a member of the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre she will explore how the digitalisation of work may pose a risk to low-skilled jobs in the retail sector.

The use of technology in the workplace

25 Nov 2019: Dr Danat Valizade studies the quality of work. He will be involved in designing the Digit’s Research Centre’s organisational survey to understand the use of technology in the workplace for competitiveness and job satisfaction.

Happiness at work

25 Nov 2019: Dr Gordon MacKerron’s research is trying to understand how to improve how people experience work. As part of the Digit Centre, Dr Mackerron will work with large organisations to try to find answers to this question.

Digital communications in rural areas

25 Nov 2019: Within the Digit Centre, Professor Claire Wallace will be looking at how digital communications can be used to revitalise rural areas and provide essential services.

Creative industries and digitalisation

25 Nov 2019: As a researcher in the Digit Centre, Professor David Hesmondhalgh will be looking at on the creative industries sector and the experiences of workers in this sector, especially inequalities.

New technologies and work

25 Nov 2019: Professor Debra Howcroft research focuses on new technologies. She investigating platform working for both low and high skilled workers and issues of gender experiences. She is interested in understanding the extent to which automation and AI will change the world of work.

Self employment and precarity

12 Dec 2019: Dr Kate Hardy’s research looks at forms of self-employment and informal labour, specifically looking at the sex industry and platform work. She is Impact Lead for the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre.

Squaring the circle: digitalisation, employers and gender relations

12 Dec 2019: Professor Jill Rubery’s research interests focus on comparing the impact of digitalisation across different employment systems, employer responsibility for employees and gender equity in both waged and non-waged work.

Digitalisation and labour law

12 Dec 2019: As part of the Digit Centre, Professor Simon Deakin will study how employment around the world defines platform work and other new types of work that are affected by new technologies such as AI and blockchain. A key question will be the extent to which these new forms of work should be regulated.

Individual difference and connectivity

12 Dec 2019: Dr Emma Russell’s work within Digit will be to use innovative methods to investigate how individuals deal with new technologies and connectivity in the workplace and the impact on wellbeing and productivity.

People Analytics

12 Dec 2019: Professor Nachiappan Subramanian’s research focuses on supply chain. He’s recently been looking at technological interventions on supply chain business models and the innovation potential of employees. As part of the new Digital Futures of Work Research Centre he will be developing a new course on People Analytics.

Digitalisation of business and consequences for workers

17 Dec 2019: Professor Fang Lee Cooke discusses recent studies of the impact of digitalisation for business practices and processes and consequences for workers in relation to China.