Digital Futures at Work Research Centre
Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

Associate Fellows

Dr Louise Hickman

Louise was awarded a Digit Innovation Fund in 2022 on The Digitalisation of Access Work: fiction to policy recommendations. Background Louise Hickman is an activist and scholar of communication, and uses ethnographic, archival, and theoretical approaches to consider how access is produced for disabled people. Her current project focuses particularly on access produced by real-time stenographers and transcriptive technologies in educational settings. She uses an interdisciplinary lens drawing on feminist theory, critical disability studies, and science and technology studies to consider the historical conditions of access work, and the ways access is co-produced through human (and primarily female) labour, [...]

2022-11-09T15:02:26+00:003 November 2022|

Dr Tommaso Ciarli

Background Tommaso Ciarli research is on the impact of technological change on soceities, in higher and lower income countries. He has lead and co-lead several funded projects on: estimating the impact of innovation on employment and inequality (ESRC, JRF, GLA, EC); modelling economic growth and structural change (EC, British Academy, ESRC); studying the relation between inclusive innovation and structural change (IDRC); mapping the relation between science, technology and innovation trajectories, sustainable development and societal challenges (UKRI/GCRF, DFID, ESRC and NSF); modelling sustainable transitions (Rebuilding Macroeconomics); and estimating the impact of violent conflict on economic activity (ESRC, CEPR and DFID). [...]

2022-10-28T16:23:42+01:0028 October 2022|

Prof Greg J. Bamber

Affiliations International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work (iCREW); Monash Business Digitalisation Research Network, Monash Business School; Monash Data Futures Institute, Monash University, Melbourne University. Background Professor & Director, iCREW. 200+ publications; 20+ editorial boards. Researches with private- and public-sector enterprises, unions and other organizations. International agencies (e.g. International Labour Organisation/United Nations) commission him to conduct projects. Many grants, including from research councils. Employment-Relations projects include research on airlines, agriculture, building, chemicals, education, electronics, engineering, finance, health, hotels, infrastructure, mining, public sector, railways, restaurants, retailing, tourism, telecommunications and manufacturing. Fellow of academies (e.g. Social Sciences Academies in Australia [...]

2022-11-01T16:44:05+00:0028 October 2022|

Dr Dmitrijs Kravcenko

Background Dmitrijs is Associate Professor of Business Management and Director of Entrepreneurship at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Previously holding posts at Warwick Business School and University of Sussex, he is an organizational theorist interested in how organizations (including new enterprises) learn, remember, forget, and otherwise manage knowledge. In the context of Digit, Dmitrijs is working on understanding the impact of digitisation of work on SMEs. Dmitrijs is an independent expert on platform work for the European Commission, as well as one of the founders of the Taking About Organizations Podcast. Research interests Knowledge management Entrepreneurship Digitisation of [...]

2022-10-28T14:49:22+01:0028 October 2022|

Dr Kendra Briken

Kendra was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund 2021 on The Care Necessities – Developing Inclusive Digital Technologies for Scotland’s Post Pandemic Social Care. Background Kendra Briken is Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Kendra is a sociologist. Her work focusses on the material analysis of labour processes, new technologies at work, and implications for power and collectivism at work. Her Digit- project ‘The care necessities’ investigates the implementation of new technologies into Social Care during the pandemic, and the potential for workers’ voice. Her most recent project ‘Can AI ethics be embedded in [...]

2022-11-09T15:48:16+00:0021 October 2022|

Dr Cassandra Bowkett

Cassandra is a Lecturer at Alliance Manchester Business School, and works in the Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and Law Group. She is a member of the Work and Equalities Institute, working in the Work Futures theme. Cassandra was awarded a grant from the Digit Innovation Fund in 2022 on: Industry 4.0 and the role of Human Resource Managers Background Cassandra’s area of expertise is in collective action around skills and new technology in manufacturing, often at a comparative and/or international level.   She completed her PhD at Cardiff University in 2019, looking at the role of aerospace multinationals in [...]

2022-11-09T15:00:53+00:0029 September 2022|

Dr Huw Thomas

Background Huw is Assistant Professor of Employment Relations in the University College Dublin (UCD) College of Business and works in the Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Subject Area. Huw’s area of expertise is in the broad area of international employment relations. He obtained his doctorate from Cardiff University in 2018 which focussed on the role of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in promoting decent work in global supply chains. Prior to coming to UCD, Huw was at the University of Bristol (2016-2022) and before this was a Technical Officer at the ILO in Geneva (2013-2015). Huw has conducted [...]

2022-09-16T17:19:34+01:0016 September 2022|

Dr Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca was awarded a Digit Innovation Fund in 2022 on Beyond organisational boundaries: Open source digital infrastructure in the delivery of products and services. Background Rebecca is a sociologist of work, employment and organisations with interests spanning conceptual debates about paid and unpaid work; innovation in public services and digital transformation. She is a quliative research specialist and has undertaken studies for a range of funders including ESRC, AHRC, Nuffield and DWP. She has published widely in academic books journals and is on the editorial board for the BSA journal Work Employment Society. She is an Associate Professor and [...]

2022-11-09T15:04:52+00:002 September 2022|

Sanna Ojanperä

Sanna is a quantitative researcher studying the intersection of digital transformation, international development, and the role of data. She is working on her doctoral thesis at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. Sanna's doctoral research is funded by The Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and AI. She consults as a data scientist for development organizations such as GIZ, World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Background Before commencing her doctoral studies, Sanna worked at the OII as the quantitative research lead in an ERC-funded GeoNet project studying how new economic practices and processes [...]

2022-08-30T10:43:41+01:0016 August 2022|

Abbie Winton

Background Abbie is a research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies where she joined after completing her PhD at the University of Manchester (under the supervison of Digit co-leads Debra Howcroft and Jill Rubery). Her main interests include issues related to inequalities, the future of work, sociotechnical change and job quality. Abbie’s doctoral thesis explored employment change in the food retail sector and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. This project aimed to demonstrate how existing social structures shape the nature of work and how this could have implications for the future of work and equalities within the [...]

2022-07-21T12:11:28+01:007 July 2022|
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