The Future of Work Programme (FoW) was launched with a scoping workshop in February 2010. FoW is an interdisciplinary research programme that connects diverse GTC, and greater Oxford, students and fellows from across a range of academic disciplines as a means of engaging with each other, as well as with scholars, policymakers and practitioners beyond the University. FoW aims to explore whether and how changes in work and employment over time might contribute to social, economic, and individual welfare and wellbeing.
The future of work has wide ranging implications and thus a large scope for inquiry, making it relevant to many individual's research interests. The future of work can be studied with a spectrum of perspectives, including:
- Knowledge-based economy and technological impact on the future of work
- Organisational transformations, innovative workplaces and novel ways of working
- Trajectory of work and its impact on social development, inequality, demographic change and migration
- Impact of recession, austerity and and economics models on the future of jobs
- The future of wage labour and pay structure transformations
- Trajectory of work and the health & wellbeing of workers and society
- Career transformations and meaning & purpose of work
- Relevance of formal education to the changing nature of work
The FoW approaches the concept of 'work' in an inclusive manner, and promotes research on issues relevant to the Programme’s sub-themes:
- Identity and Work
- Work Boundaries
- Ethics of Work
- Meaningful Work
- Mind, Body, and Work
- Technology and Work
- Researching Work
- Innovation and Change in Work
We value interdisciplinary perspectives on work and encourage researchers embracing different ontologies and epistemologies to engage in the programme of activities.
The FoW encourages students at Oxford to engage with the Programme and the Future of Work Fellows in a wide variety of research focused activities:
- Support for Student Research – The Future of Work team are all available to support students interested in ‘work’ related research. Forms of engagement can include guidance for student research conceptualisation, methods, and avenues for publication. We particularly encourage doctoral students to bring their work to the lunchtime seminar series, and are open to including them as speakers alongside senior academics and practitioners. Also, students interested and actively engaged in the Future of Work Programme can be incorporated into ongoing Oxford research projects and explore publication opportunities.
- Knowledge Exchange – The FoW organises lunchtime seminars, lectures, and informal events according to the interests of the College community. The FoW is happy to provide a venue and support for book clubs, study groups, or any other avenues which can enhance student learning and research.
- Involvement in FoW- Students are encouraged to engage with the FoW, and to provide ideas for future events, themes, and presenters. The FoW is always looking for new ways of supporting students interested in ‘work’ and enlisting their support in advancing the activities of the Programme.
- The Ngo Future of Work Prize – The Future of Work Prize is a competitive, annual opportunity for students to gain acknowledgment for their research through submission of a paper based on their independent research. The Prize includes a £600 monetary award.
- Conversations Initiative- FoW is in the process of arranging an initiative to give students a chance to meet and talk to alumni that are leaders in their fields and find out what it is like to work in a variety of different careers