We’re Hiring! Work with us as a Researcher.

We are seeking to appoint a Researcher to work with us at the Fairwork Foundation. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work with our team to co-develop standards of fair work and apply them to digital platforms.

Applicants will have a relevant postgraduate degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, development studies, or related fields. Excellent writing, presentation abilities, and analytical skills are also required. Applicants should be highly organised and able to effectively manage multiple ongoing tasks.

As the successful candidate, you will be based at Fairwork Foundation within the Oxford Internet Institute, and collaborate with Professor Mark Graham […]

By |2019-01-29T12:14:49+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Participate in our ICTDX workshop – Strategies for Fairer Platform Work

In this session we will address the rise of platform work in India. We introduce the Fairwork Foundation—a project designed to use academic research to find ways to support platforms workers and improve conditions. With pilots in Bangalore and South Africa, the project aims to co-develop principles of fair platform work, devise ways of measuring those principles, and ultimately rate platforms in a yearly ranking. The aim of the session is to discuss principles of fair platform in an Indian context, and to collaboratively explore meaningful ways of measuring those principles.

If you are interested in participating in the […]

By |2018-12-23T01:29:05+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fairwork Foundation is included in Germany’s official Digital Implementation Strategy

The Fairwork Foundation is included in Germany’s official Digital Implementation Strategy. Our strategies to advocate for decent digital work are thus now part of the German Government’s roadmap on how to tackle digital transformations in Germany and abroad. The full report is in German and is available at the following link:

By |2018-11-27T19:06:57+00:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Launching the five principles of fair work

We have launched a revised list of five principles for the Fairwork Foundation. Through continued consultation and collaboration with stakeholders, as well as beginning the ranking process in each country, we have decided to revise the nine principles into a more coherent five. This allows the principles to align closely with the forthcoming ranking criteria, while also reflecting the relative importance of each criteria to the improvement of fairness.

The nine original principles included: Pay, Conditions, Contracts, Equality, Management, Communication, Accountability, Use of Data, and Representation. These have been condensed into five principles of: Pay, Conditions, Contracts, Governance, […]

By |2018-10-05T15:56:51+00:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

We’re Hiring! Postdoc to focus on ‘fair work’ on digital work platforms in South Africa

We are about to launch a new phase of the Fairwork project in South Africa with our colleagues at the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Manchester, and the University of Oxford. As part of those next steps, we are hiring a full-time 29-month postdoc to work directly with Professor Jean-Paul van Belle (UCT) along with Professor Richard Heeks (Manchester), Jamie Woodcock (Oxford), and myself (Mark Graham, Oxford). We hope to have someone in place at the University of Cape Town as soon as possible so that […]

By |2018-08-03T15:40:50+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

South Africa and India Stakeholder Meetings

We hosted two in-country stakeholder meetings for the Fairwork project in July. These meetings were the first part of operationalising the principles for fair platform work that were established at the previous meetings at the ILO and UNCTAD in Geneva in April.


On the 2nd of July, we jointly hosted a workshop ‘Towards Fair Platform Work’ in Johannesburg with Research ICT Africa. This interactive session brought together stakeholders to explore the challenges of fair work, discussing the nine principles and how they could be translated into criteria for assessing platform in […]

By |2018-07-17T13:31:54+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Call for participation in rating the Fairwork Principles

There are now over seven million digital ‘platform workers’ that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps in the gig economy. Lacking the ability to collectively bargain, platform workers have little ability to negotiate wages and working conditions with their employers who are often on the other side of the world.  To respond to that, we are building a ‘Fairwork Foundation’: an organisation that will collaboratively develop principles for fair work to raise standards across the platform economy.

We have begun the process of consultation with key stakeholders, including governments, platform operators, […]

By |2018-07-17T11:35:17+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Fairwork Foundation Stakeholder Meetings

We recently hosted two stakeholder meetings for the Fairwork project. The first was a two-part meeting in Geneva to engage with key stakeholders for the Fairwork project. The second was an event hosted at the re:publica conference in Berlin. These were important steps towards establishing the ‘Fairwork Foundation’, ensuring that we are able to certify platforms by collaboratively engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Before the meetings, we invited contributions via an online form. These inputs were collated, discussed, and augmented at two meetings with stakeholders representing workers, platforms, and policy makers at meetings in April.

The first […]

By |2018-07-17T11:34:14+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Help us shape the Fairwork Foundation: request for feedback

In an earlier post, I described a new initiative that we recently started: The Fairwork Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to certify key standards in the platform economy. By setting those standards, and certifying platforms against them, we hope to try to work against a race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. Workers avoid unfair contracts, and platforms and consumers will be able to avoid acting unethically.

To get this right, we’ll need to make sure that we understand what fair work actually means in the gig economy. In other words, what are the standards […]

By |2018-07-17T11:32:35+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments