Between automated luxury and alienated redundancy, we shape the future of work as it unfolds.

Placing work in its social, political and economic context, we undertake a radical rethinking of the possible futures of work in an age of contested globalization, technological transformation and platform capitalism. We believe that the fate of those who work, from highly-skilled knowledge-intensive professionals to precarious gig workers, is by no means set in stone. Between automated luxury and alienated redundancy, we can shape the future of work as it unfolds across organisations and communities. Our research is grounded in a commitment to better and decent work as the road to better lives, stronger communities and more stable democratic institutions.

Current research and engagement 

Our multi- and inter-disciplinary research sets agendas in the worlds of policy and practice, creating a positive social impact in collaboration with stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors. Current research interests include:

  • The effect of Covid-19 on the transformation of work, such as remote working, the re-organisation of coworking spaces, and changing business travel mobilities
  • The effect of Covid-19 on reshaping research methods to study the future of work
  • The negotiation of digital transformation in Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • The role of the International Labour Organization and the transformation of agricultural work in the global south
  • Neoliberalism and new forms of labour migration in Eastern Europe
  • The organisation and pricing of work in next generation professional and financial services, including FinTech
  • Transnational professionals and new working practices in professional service firms
  • Sustainable business travel

Discovery Series: Holding intriguing conversations

What will the future office look like post-pandemic? This was the subject of discussion at the first of the University of Bristol’s School of Management’s Discovery Series, a brand-new series of events sharing ‘Intriguing Conversations’ with our alumni, staff and students. Explore highlights from the event in our short video or you can watch the full unedited recording of the event here.

Current postgraduate research students are investigating:

  • Global talent management and working practices in London’s fintech ecosystem (Yllka Hysaj)
  • Critical perspectives in work and organisational psychology (Zoe Sanderson)
  • Modern slavery in the construction industry (Chris Pesterfield)

Recent projects

Members of the group are involved with a range of externally funded projects working alongside numerous stakeholders and beneficiaries. Recent examples include:

  • ESRC Impact Accelerator Account and Research England (ASPECT) projects on next generation financial services and the role of Fintech in the south-west of England (with FinTech West)
  • ESRC Digit Innovation Fund project on the affect of Covid-19 on coworking spaces
  • ESRC Accelerating Business Collaboration on work and modern slavery in the construction industry
  • EPSRC Human-Data Interaction Fund focused on telemetric data and workplace bargaining.

The inter-disciplinary aspects of our research and impact are articulated at the University of Bristol through engagement with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Groups (including: Cultural Work; Digital Societies; Perspectives on Work), editorship of the Bristol University Press online magazine Futures of Work, and the University’s Research Institutes (including the Cabot Institute for the Environment).