PolDigWork – Politics and the Future of Work in Middle-Income Countries
The future of work has enormous implications for the politics and (core) policies of welfare states, especially social and labour market policies. New forms of digitalization and automation reshape how society ‘works’. Innovations such as bots and robots change the nature of work and create new types of employment (e.g. gig work) and economic sectors. They also destroy existing jobs, automatizing tasks and making whole branches of the economy redundant. Especially for middle-income countries we still know relatively little about the political consequences of the future of work. The project will employ mixed methods and a nested case study analysis of Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia to fill this research gap.
The project combines insights from existing surveys with an original survey experiment in the three countries. These findings will then be contrasted with results from a content analysis of social media and with information from expert interviews. With its comparative approach, the project will allow to understand how digitalization works in societies in which we see differently salient divides. Will digitalization provide new divides, reinforce existing divides or perhaps even mitigate them? The project will therefore contribute to the literature and theories on divides and cleavages in middle-income countries. Such questions and the underlying processes are harder to observe in countries like Germany, where informality is less salient, but still poses an important problem in the face of digitalization. The project will thus create insights even beyond the countries/ regions studied.
1) Scientific Coordinator/Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)
Area of Responsibility
The above-mentioned project work offers the possibility of further scientific qualification (e. g. habilitation) in the subject area of the project.
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2) Scientific Project Assistant/PhD Student (f/m/d)
Area of Responsibility
With the above-mentioned project work, there is an opportunity for own further scientific qualification (e. g. PhD) in the subject area of the project
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Please find detailed descriptions of the job offers in the official job advertisements.
Please send your application with informative documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and certificates, list of publications, presentations if applicable) exclusively online by 06.03.2023 via the application management system of the University of Erfurt.