Work, learning and wellbeing in the digital economy

The future of work and learning has already captured huge interest and commentary.

Multiple players and interests are predicting that automation, artificial intelligence and digital platforms will be drivers of a fundamental and transformative shift in what we understand and accept as work.

The promise is that how and where we work and learn will be transformed for individuals, communities and society.

This vision is accompanied by concerns and fears about how these changes will impact the wellbeing of societies and individuals and what changes are in the public interest.

This collection curates some of the most thoughtful resources and evidence-based insights and is built to enlighten researchers, communities, policy advisers and decision makers.

Collection Advisers

Prof Jane Farmer, Swinburne University of Technology

Prof Susan Luckman, University South Australia

This Collection is part of a Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project LE180100094 Linked semantic platforms for social and physical infrastructure and wellbeing funded by the Australian Government, through the Australian Research Council.

Work, learning and wellbeing in the digital economy

Report

8 Nov 2018

This study looks at how short-term letting (STL) platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com are reshaping housing opportunity in private markets. It analyses Airbnb listing data from Sydney and Melbourne to reveal insights into the extent STL is contributing to housing affordability issues and to...

Video

5 Nov 2018

With the rise of artificial intelligence and automated technologies, it’s easy to feel worried about what the future might hold for work and jobs. So how can we be ready, and can humans ever actually reach their full potential? Dr Sean Gallagher, Director of Swinburne’s...

Infographic

Social Data Analytics Lab
5 Nov 2018

This infographic describes how the Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab enables a connection between data, data science and an empowered community sector within the emerging Society 4.0.

SoDA Lab mission is to work with communities, social and government sectors to partner on data analyses,...

Website

1 Nov 2018

In the northern spring of 2018 MIT launched a Taskforce on the Future of Work, which this website highlights.

The Task Force’s mandate is to address three questions:

1. How are emerging technologies transforming the nature of human work and the set of...

Report

25 Oct 2018

This research reviews different emerging digital and disruptive technologies in relation to housing. One key conclusion is that the sharing or ‘gig’ economy, with the likes of Airbnb, is already disrupting the housing sector.

Book

A World Bank Group Flagship Report
17 Oct 2018

This report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but this report finds that on balance this appears...

Discussion paper

Treasury discussion paper
2 Oct 2018

The federal government is working with other countries, through the G20 and the OECD, to develop sustainable, multilateral responses to address the challenges to Australia's tax systems arising from digitalisation. This discussion paper explores options to move towards a fairer and more sustainable tax system...

Report

19 Sep 2018

The world of work is changing. In Australia and elsewhere, policymakers face the challenge of responding to trends and proactively preparing the nation and its workers for the employment landscape of tomorrow.

Report

12 Sep 2018

The findings from this survey report come at a time when digital technologies are increasingly disrupting workplace environments, and when education and training is being recognised as one of the most important enablers for successful, future-focused companies.

Discussion paper

11 Sep 2018

This discussion paper has been provided to briefly describe the key issues and areas that will be considered in the development of the 10-year plan to boost women in STEM and to provide the questions for broad consultation with stakeholders.

Website

4 Sep 2018

Globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are having a profound impact on OECD labour markets, affecting both the quantity and quality of jobs that are available, as well as how and by whom they are carried out.

The future of work offers unparalleled opportunities,...

Report

1 Sep 2018

Technological innovation is transforming economic exchange. Just a decade ago, the Online Platform Economy comprised a handful of marketplaces connecting independent sellers to buyers of physical goods. Today, many consumers use software platforms to procure almost any kind of good or service from independent suppliers...

Report

Which jobs could change? Are you ready for the future of work?
31 Aug 2018

This resource provides background information on where the jobs most vulnerable to automation are located, based on different regional types, as well as suggesting how people can best adapt to the changing workforce.

Journal article

20 Aug 2018

Mismeasurement of productivity is one possible explanation for the global productivity slowdown in recent decades. This article discusses the challenges of measuring productivity in the digital age.

Presentation

International trends
15 Aug 2018

Opening presentation at the August 2018 Conference The Future of Work organised by the School of Policy Studies, the Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. Presentation slides included.

Discussion paper

8 Aug 2018

The size of our future prosperity will be determined partly by our ability to innovate and harness new technologies. This will require a skilled workforce that can match and beat our global competitors. So, what are the skills needed for a more interconnected, global world?...

Report

7 Aug 2018

Disruptive technologies are influencing the demand for skills in many occupations. This report provides insights into the potential implications for vocational education and training (VET) of ‘disruptive technologies’ associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry (technology users) and innovators (technology producers).

Discussion paper

1 Aug 2018

Values and ethics are not esoteric, relative or fuzzy: they’re practical, accessible and essential. Technologies embody the ethical frameworks and the values of the societies that create them, and as they continue to inform the administrative foundation of governments, shape societies, and affect the health...

Discussion paper

24 Jul 2018

The release of this issues paper marks the formal launch of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s major project on human rights and technology.

Report

26 Jun 2018

This research report uses interviews with over 100 domestic and ridehailing platform workers in major U.S. cities to reveal how technology is reshaping the future of labor.