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Looking Ahead: Latest report unveils new insights on platforms’ responses to COVID-19

How has the situation of gig workers changed since April? In our new report, we provide an updated and extended analysis of platforms’ efforts to protect gig workers during the COVID-19 crisis and consider whether these policies could have longer-term implications on working conditions within the global digital economy.

Between March and April 2020, Fairwork conducted a survey on the platforms’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the positive feedback from that first report, in May 2020, we were awarded the University of Oxford Economic, Social, Cultural & Environmental Impacts of COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund, which has enabled […]

By |2020-09-24T10:52:50+01:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Join our Team. We are hiring a Research Officer in South Africa

The Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA) at the University of Cape Town is hiring a Research Officer to work for the Fairwork team in South Africa.

This is a fixed-term position, with negotiable remuneration between R600,000-R660,000 per annum, starting as soon as possible until the end of June 2022.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020.

About Fairwork 

Fairwork is an action-research project that currently operates in the UK, Germany, South Africa, India, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Bangladesh. We research working conditions in the gig economy, in order to develop ‘fairness […]

By |2020-09-17T15:04:30+01:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

DIGILABOUR publishes an interview with the Fairwork Team

Why platforms should follow decent work principles

On August 3, 2020, DIGILABOUR published an interview in Portuguese with members from the Fairwork Oxford team: Professor Mark Graham, Dr. Kelle Howson and Dr. Funda Ustek-Spilda. Below we publish this interview in English. The interview was facilitated and translated to Portuguese by Fairwork Brazil Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Rafael Grohmann from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos.

You can read the original interview in Portuguese here.

DIGILABOUR: Why is it important for platforms to follow Fairwork principles?

Mark Graham: One of the defining features of the gig economy is the […]

By |2020-08-10T16:55:27+01:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Press release|0 Comments

The Uprising of Brazilian Food Delivery Riders

The strikes in Brazil reveal the power of workers’ struggles and the importance of fair work on digital platforms

By Rafael Grohmann, Rodrigo Carelli, Daniel Abs, Julice Salvagni, Kelle Howson, Funda Ustek-Spilda and Mark Graham 

In July,  Brazil experienced two historic strikes by food delivery riders who work for digital platforms. Brazil has the world’s fifth largest population of internet users, and for a day, many of them directed their attention to the grievances of millions of the country’s gig workers. The strikers’ demands included an increase in pay, ending the processes that lead […]

By |2020-08-10T19:18:07+01:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Read our new paper on Fairwork principles and legal standards in South Africa

The overwhelming majority of the world’s gig workers are classified by platforms as independent contractors. This means they fall outside the kind of social protections that have come to define a standard employment relationship, such as entitlement to holiday, parental and bereavement leave, sick pay, and due process for dismissal. As a consequence, gig workers commonly experience poor conditions, low pay, job insecurity, and a lack of bargaining power.

The five principles of Fairwork set an independent benchmark which gig workers and consumers can use to push for platforms to provide the kinds of rights and protections that other […]

By |2020-07-23T11:08:54+01:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Join our team. We are hiring two Postdoctoral Researchers.

The Fairwork Project is hiring for the following two positions: 

  1. Postdoctoral Researcher I (Grade 8: £41,526 – £49,553 p.a; fixed term contract until 30 June 2022 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter; deadline: 12.00 midday on 10 September 2020)
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher II (Grade 8: £41,526 – £49,553 p.a; fixed-term until 31 December 2021 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter; deadline: 12.00 midday on 10 September 2020)

About Fairwork 

By |2020-08-27T13:26:46+01:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Join our Team. We are hiring multiple Research Assistants.

The Fairwork Project is hiring multiple research assistants (Grade 6: £29,176 – £34,804 p.a.), in fixed-term posts until 28 February 2021 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter

The deadline to apply for these positions is 12.00 noon on 13 August 2020.

We’re also hiring two postdoctoral researchers – see more here.

About Fairwork 

Fairwork is an action-research project based at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. We research working conditions in the gig economy, in order to develop ‘fairness ratings’ for digital labour platforms like Uber, […]

By |2020-07-21T11:05:48+01:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Call for Paper Proposals: Migration, migrant work(ers) and the gig economy

The study of platform-mediated gig work has granted insufficient critical attention to questions of migration and migrant labour. Mark Graham, Niels van Doorn, Fabian Ferrari, and Srujana Katta are putting together a theme issue of Environment and Planning A to address that gap.

One set of questions that contributors to the theme issue may address concerns the structural role of migrant labour in sustaining the gig economy. Without a steady influx of migrants, platform companies like Uber, Ola, Helpling, Rappi, and Deliveroo would have trouble maintaining their labour supply in almost any […]

By |2020-06-09T15:43:51+01:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

First round of Fairwork’s yearly platform ratings in Germany launched

The Fairwork Germany 2020 report (English; German) highlights how platforms in Germany fare in the working conditions they provide to their workers. This research is particularly timely in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, which has brought the risks faced by front-line platform workers into sharp relief.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the contradictions of the platform economy. On the one hand, it is highlighting the important role that many platform workers play in bringing essential goods and services to those who […]

By |2020-05-21T07:33:52+01:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|2 Comments

Fairwork announces Voluntary Scoring

Fairwork focuses on the major companies that use digital platforms to distribute piecemeal work to workersin several countries. One of the questions we have been asked is whether platforms who are located outside our focus countries, or otherwise not part of the three Fairwork league tables can receive a Fairwork score 

How does Voluntary Fairwork Score work? 

Platforms outside our main league tables can apply to receive a Fairwork score. Our team will work with you to identify evidence you can provide towards compliance with our […]

By |2020-06-17T13:51:17+01:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gig Workers are Among the Most Vulnerable Groups in South Africa’s Covid-19 Crisis

How are the tens of thousands of gig workers in South Africa—those performing tasks for digital platforms like Uber, Mr D and SweepSouth—being supported during the Covid-19 crisis?

A recent Fairwork report considers this; undertaking a review of gig economy platform and government responses, supplemented by a small survey of worker experiences.

While gig workers are by no means the only vulnerable group in South Africa suffering during the pandemic, their non-standard employment status is proving a particular challenge.  Platforms – arguably incorrectly and possibly even illegally – tend to regard […]

By |2020-05-13T09:27:21+01:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

Fairwork Releases Report on Platform Responses to Covid-19

The report analyses the policies of major gig economy platforms in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has brought into sharp relief the precarious nature of gig work, and the risks that gig workers on the frontlines of the global crisis face daily. 

The estimated 50 million gig workers worldwide have been particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports indicate half have lost their jobs; those still working have lost two-thirds of their income on average; and many face the impossible choice between destitution and infection, as summed […]

By |2020-06-15T18:21:04+01:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|3 Comments

COVID-19 Policies Leave Gig Workers Out in the Cold

How are platforms responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Who do they protect and how much? 

As new coronavirus cases are rapidly increasing across the world, gig workers are on the front lines of this crisis. They are delivering food and household essentials to those self-isolating or practicing social distancing and are providing much needed care services to those in need. As such, they are among the “key workers” the UK government announced: those “who are maintaining essential public services during the Covid-19 response”.  

To see how platforms have been responding to […]

By |2020-04-09T18:11:05+01:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Second round of Fairwork’s yearly platform ratings in South Africa launched!

The Fairwork South Africa 2020 report highlights the precarious nature of work in the South African gig economy. This research is particularly timely in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has brought the risks faced by front-line gig workers into sharp relief.

The uncertainty that has gripped the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will especially impact the most vulnerable groups in our society. That includes those in casual or insecure employment, who face two possibilities: a (likely untenable) loss in income if they choose or are […]

By |2020-04-01T17:12:03+01:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|1 Comment

Fairwork’s Strategies for Improving Gig Work

How can we measure whether gig work is fair work?

The Fairwork initiative has developed a framework of decent work standards for the gig economy.  This was based on a review of existing standards that was then developed further at workshops in Berlin, Geneva, Bangalore, and Johannesburg.

The workshops condensed the standards into five principles, each with two thresholds of fairness (see Table 1). The initial threshold is a floor underneath which working conditions should not fall.  The secondary threshold is a more aspirational target.  Each carries a weight of one point; and so gig economy platforms can be awarded […]

By |2020-03-17T21:05:34+00:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Uber and Deliveroo’s ‘Charter of good work’ is nothing but fairwashing

By Kelle Howson, Srujana Katta, Funda Ustek-Spilda and Mark Graham

Every week seems to witness a new tragedy in the gig economy. Gig workers are injured and killed without the platforms that they work for acknowledging or shouldering any responsibility. Many workers take on these risks for below the minimum wage. 

It is therefore noteworthy that the CEOs of Uber, Deliveroo and four other large platforms have come together to “strengthen workers’ rights” with a ‘Charter of principles for good platform work’ that they published at the […]

By |2020-04-29T13:30:56+01:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Article|0 Comments

Fairwork’s Scorecard for the UK 2019 General Election is out: See how each party would support gig workers

Election Scorecard

This election, know where the parties stand on the struggles facing an estimated 2.8 million gig workers in the UK.

Gig work, from ridesharing, delivery driving, cleaning and caring, to online freelancing, seems to be the future of work. It offers workers better flexibility and more independence.

But that flexibility has come at a price. Managers push risk onto gig workers, who are not given the rights and protections of regular employees – like pensions, sick leave, and holiday pay.

Many gig workers are classified as self-employed. But they still depend […]

By |2019-12-16T11:14:09+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

The Fairwork Project expands to Germany and UK

We’re excited to announce the start of a new phase of the Fairwork Project, where we’ll apply our rating system to assess digital labour platforms in Germany and the UK.

With the generous support of the European Research Council (ERC), the Fairwork Project is expanding its focus to Germany and the UK.

In March 2019, we released our first round of platform ratings, where we applied our five principles of fair work in the platform economy – fair work, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation – to assess working conditions at major digital platforms […]

By |2019-11-19T10:35:33+00:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Fairwork Foundation’s First Annual Report Released!

We’re delighted to announce the release of our first major report, The Five Pillars of Fairwork. This report is the culmination of many months of fieldwork, background research, and stimulating engagement with a variety of stakeholders, from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), policy makers and trade unions, to platform workers and owners in Bangalore, Cape Town and Johannesburg. In it, we take a deep dive into the work we did this past year, showcase our findings, and present our plans for the future. 

What’s the report about?

An estimated

By |2019-10-16T22:58:13+01:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|2 Comments

We’re hiring. Work with us to pilot Fairwork UK and Fairwork Germany.

Researcher in Social Science
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford
Grade 7: £32,236 – £39,609 p.a.

We are looking for someone to join our team of researchers from around the world. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with 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 in Germany and the UK.

Applicants will have a relevant postgraduate degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, development studies, communications, law, social policy, or related […]

By |2019-09-24T09:00:31+01:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Call for Action Research Partnerships: Decent Work Standards in the Platform Economy in the Global South

INVITATION

Call for Action Research Partnerships: Decent Work Standards in the Platform Economy in the Global South

This is a call for proposals for one-year funded partnerships with the Fairwork project, which acts to ensure decent work standards for workers on digital platforms. Proposals must be submitted by 19 September via email to Jean-Paul.VanBelle@uct.ac.za with cc to Pitso.Tsibolane@uct.ac.za, JeanPaul.VanBelle@gmail.com and mxakato.nonny6@gmail.com 

In brief, we are seeking two partner organisations for a […]

By |2019-08-14T09:21:44+01:00August 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Join our team. We are hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager

Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford
Grade 8: £40,792 – £48,677 p.a.

We are looking for someone to join our team of researchers from around the world. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager to work with 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 in South Africa, India, Germany, and the UK.

Applicants will have a relevant postgraduate degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, development studies, […]

By |2019-08-29T07:07:53+01:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Join our team. We are hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford
Grade 7: £32,236 – £39,609 p.a.

We are looking for someone to join our team of researchers from around the world. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with 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 […]

By |2019-06-18T12:52:36+01:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

One small step towards decent work for Uber workers

In Uber v Aslam,  decided in December 2018, the UK Court of Appeal has held that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ for the purposes of the national minimum wage and paid holidays. This constitutes a small step towards the goal of decent work for Uber drivers in London, and it is to be hoped that the Supreme Court will uphold the decision. However, in an article published in the Industrial Law Journal on 21 May 2019, FairWork co-investigators Sandra Fredman and Darcy du Toit point out that the decision underscores yet again the fragility of using the […]

By |2019-06-12T12:40:29+01:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

New Scores for South Africa Released!

Tens of  millions of people across the world now find work through digital platforms. From Brazil and India, to South Africa and the United States, platform workers are organising, taking action, and demanding the establishment of robust regulations across this rapidly developing sector.

Analysing the first set of Fairwork scores, which were published on the 25th March, it is striking how across the platforms in both India and South Africa, similar issues emerged. While food delivery platform workers in Bangalore and Johannesburg clearly work in different geographies, similar […]

By |2019-08-28T12:37:42+01:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

A Living Wage for South African Platform Workers

A fair level of pay for platform workers means going beyond a minimum wage to see those workers paid a living wage.  But what is a living wage; what justifies its payment; and – as a guide to Fairwork’s activity in South Africa – what level should it be set at?

What is a Living Wage?

A living wage is remuneration sufficient for a basic but decent standard of living for a worker and his/her family.  “Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transport, clothing, and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected […]

By |2019-05-30T12:04:11+01:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Fairwork paper shortlisted for the best paper award at the Weizenbaum Institute’s annual conference

A paper on the Fairwork project was one of three papers shortlisted for the best paper award at the German Internet Institute (the Weizenbaum Institute’s) annual conference – held in May 2019 in Berlin, Germany. This paper, was authored by Mark Graham, Richard Heeks, Jamie Woodcock, Sandy Fredman, Darcy du Toit, Jean-Paul van Belle, Paul Mungai and Abigail Osiki. You can download it at the link below:

Graham, M, Woodcock, J., Heeks, R., Fredman, S., du Toit, D., van Belle, J-P., Mungai, P., Osiki, A. 2019. The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for […]

By |2019-05-26T13:29:41+01:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Mindeststandards für faire Plattformarbeit

Zum diesjährigen Tag der Arbeit hat Katarina Barley, Bundesjustizministerin und SPD-Spitzenkandidatin im Europawahlkampf, die Einführung einer EU-Richtline für faire Plattformarbeit gefordert. Dafür brauche es “verbindliche Mindeststandards für die Vergütung, und für den Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutz”. Außerdem müssten geltende Mitbestimmungsregeln eingehalten werden, um die Entstehung eines „digitalen Prekariats“ zu verhindern, so Barley. Jedoch ließ die Ministerin offen, wie diese Mindeststandards in der Praxis aussehen könnten und wie genau Plattformen sanktioniert werden können, wenn sie diese Regeln nicht einhalten.

Genau hier setzt die „Fairwork Foundation” an. Nach erfolgreichen Pilotstudien in Südafrika und Indien dehnen wir das Projekt nun auf […]

By |2019-05-03T11:42:30+01:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

New rating system highlights best and worst digital platforms for workers’ conditions

University of Oxford academics have published the world’s first ever rating system for working conditions in the digital economy.

The rankings look at how platforms like Uber, Taxify, and Ola perform against five standards – fair work, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation. These include whether a company pays the minimum wage and ensures the health and safety of its workers.

Professor Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography at the University of Oxford, said:

“The Fairwork rating system shines a light on best and worst practice in the platform economy. This is an area in which for […]

By |2019-03-22T17:02:46+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/digital-made-in-de

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+01:00October 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+01:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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+01:00July 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+01:00May 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+01:00May 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+01:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Future of Work in the Global South

A network that I am part of – the The Future of Work in Developing Countries initiative – has just put out a new publication titled ‘The Future of Work in the Global South’.

You can download the full publication here. It also contains a piece by my colleagues and I on the potentials of the gig economy in developing countries.

Graham, M., Lehdonvirta, L., Wood., A., Barnard, H., and Hjorth, I. 2018. Could Online Gig Work Drive Development in Lower-income Countries? In Galperin, H., and Alarcon, A. The Future of Work in the Global South. Ottawa: […]

By |2018-07-17T11:31:51+01:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Towards a Fairer Platform Economy: Introducing the Fairwork Foundation

This month, I started work on a new project together with my new colleague Jamie WoodcockThe Fairwork Foundation. With generous funding from GIZ, we will get to spend the next year and a half figuring out how to certify online labour platforms – using leverage from workers, consumers, and platforms to improve the welfare and job quality of digital workers.

Today we also have a new article about the project out (in a new issue of Alternate Routes focused on ‘Social Inequality and the Spectre of Social Justice‘). The article explains […]

By |2018-07-17T11:30:49+01:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments