Making science work for development

ESRC scoping workshops: Towards a future that works for all

31 May 2018 - 4 June 2018
Edinburgh and London

ESRC are holding two workshops to explore the shape of a potential new research investment around work:

  • Edinburgh, 31 May 2018 – co-sponsored with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)
  • London, 4 June 2018 – co-sponsored with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Key areas include:

  • the impact of the transformation of workplaces, including increasing automation and opportunities provided via developments in artificial intelligence
  • the impact of work and employment practices and modes of working on productivity, wellbeing and shared prosperity
  • issues relating to job quality, precarious work, in-work poverty, health and wellbeing, and inclusion.

Each full-day workshop will be organised around a series of expert presentations and interactive table discussions.


ESRC want to gather views from academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners at all levels of government, the business sector and the third-sector on the following indicative themes:

  1. Emerging technologies, skills and training
  2. New work practices, workplaces and business models (including the gig economy)
  3. Inequalities, insecure employment and in-work poverty
  4. Job quality, health and wellbeing
  5. Lifelong resilience and sustainability (including an ageing workforce)

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please email productivityatesrc [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Towards%20a%20future%20that%20works%20for%20all%20event) .