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IER Newsletter April 2023

IER Newsletter - April 2023
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Research Fellow post at IER

The IER is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow and invites candidates with interests in any of the Institute’s diverse fields of research to apply, in particular candidates with strong quantitative research skills. This is an opportunity for a researcher who wants to make a difference with their research by getting involved in policy-relevant research.
The University of Warwick is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age. IER is committed to providing an inclusive work environment and we are looking for candidates whose values align with this.
More details are available at the University of Warwick websiteLink opens in a new window. Closing date for applications is 20 Jun 2023.

ReWAGE news

ReWAGE has been busy in Westminster again this month. Co-chair Professor Irena Grugulis, presented her report on Upskilling and reskilling adult workersLink opens in a new window at the Housing and Social Mobility APPG this month. The team also met with the secretariats of the Future of Work APPG and the Ethnic Minority Business Owners APPG to discuss partnership working and joint representation to Cabinet Ministers.
New ReWAGE reports: We’ve also published a new Expert Profile – find out more about Christina BeattyLink opens in a new window, Professor of Applied Economic Geography at Sheffield Hallam University and ReWAGE’s expert on labour markets and productivity.

New Policy Brief on Industry 5.0

The European Commission recently established a new unit to promote Industry 5.0.

IER Director, Chris WarhurstLink opens in a new window, along with his TNO colleague Prof. Steven Dhondt has just published a policy briefLink opens in a new window from the Beyond 4.0 research project that examines why Industry 5.0 is needed as an industrial strategy in Europe and how it can be made to happen.

Warhurst, C. and Dhondt, S. (2023). Making Industry 5.0 Happen: Concept, Policy and PracticeLink opens in a new window. Policy Brief #8

Public procurement as a policy tool

A recently published book chapter (in German) by IER's Dr Katharina SarterLink opens in a new window explores the role of public procurement as a policy tool for promoting gender equality. The publication is available hereLink opens in a new window.

Sarter, E.K. (2023). Öffentliche Auftragsvergabe als Geschlechterpolitik. In Gebhardt, M., Bloemen, H., Bomert, C. and Dziuba-Kaiser, S. (Eds.): Machtverhältnisse. Kritische Perspektiven auf Geschlecht und Gesellschaft. Frankfurt/ Main: Campus Verlag, pp. 179-193.

New report on platformisation of work

In collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), Dr Sally WrightLink opens in a new window co-authored a report on platformisation of work in Europe. The reportLink opens in a new window provides a first approximation to the emerging phenomenon of platformisation of work, with an empirical analysis of data from the new JRC Algorithmic Management and Platform Work survey (AMPWork) in Spain and Germany.

The study focusses on three key elements of platforms: digital devices used at work, the digital monitoring of work, and the use of algorithms for work organisation. The implications of these new forms of work for work organisation and working conditions are also discussed. The findings show that a small but significant proportion of workers in the two countries analysed are subject to digital monitoring and algorithmic management systems at work to some degree. A smaller but not marginal proportion of the working age population get their main income from providing labour services through Digital Labour Platforms. And another sizeable proportion of the working age population spend a significant amount of time producing unpaid content for sharing platforms outside their family and close friends.

Fernandez Macias, E., Urzi Brancati, M.C., Wright, S. and Pesole, A., The platformisation of work, EUR 31469 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2023, ISBN 978-92-68-01661-9, doi:10.2760/801282, JRC133016Link opens in a new window.

How can public services face a changing world?

Together with Dr Elizabeth Cookingham BaileyLink opens in a new window from the University of York, IER's Dr Katharina SarterLink opens in a new window published a blogLink opens in a new window contribution.

The blog examines the changing environment that public services face, and the approaches public services take to adapt to a changing environment.

Automation, artificial intelligence and the labour market

On 15 April Gianni Anelli LopezLink opens in a new window, PhD student at IER, delivered a one-day course on automation, AI and the labour marketLink opens in a new window at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

He presented major studies on automation, the use of online data to measure skills in online advertisements and discussed public policy recommendations.

Our projects

Find more information on IER's current projectsLink opens in a new window.