DSI Lecture Series «The Future of Work» Spring Semester 2022


Rapid technological advancements, demographic changes, societal shifts in values, and other forces are dramatically re-shaping the world of work. But what will the future of work hold?

In the Digital Society Initiative Lecture Series «The Future of Work», academics and policymakers explore different aspects of how the world of work will look in the future. They discuss how increased gig work is shaping the labor market, and how digitalization is changing humanitarian work at organizations like the Red Cross. They present evidence as to why doomsday pictures of the future of work are wrong, and how fundamentally human skills such as humor and time use shape success for leaders and employees in the future of work.

The lectures include ample time for discussion and allow for informal exchange with the guest speakers and other participants at the apéros offered after the lectures. Participation is free of cost and open to the public. On-site childcare will be available on prior request. All interested are cordially invited.





Recordings of the Events of the Lecture Series:


Wednesday 2 March

Why the future of work is funny

Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor, Assistant Professor for Diversity and Leadership Science at the University of St. Gallen


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Wednesday 9 March

The precarious future(s) of gig work: Migration, datafication & financialization

Prof. Dr. Niels van Doorn, Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture in the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam



Tuesday 22 March

The future of humanitarian work in light of digitalisation

Philippe Stoll, head of the Digital Transformation and Parnership Engagement at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)



Wednesday 18 May

The end of work: why it won’t happen

Prof. Dr. Daniel Oesch, Professor in Economic Sociology at the University of Lausanne



Wednesday 1 June

Time and well-being in the future of work

Dr. Laura M. Giurge, Assistant Professor, London School of Economics & Political Science


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