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

20 Feb 2019

The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...

Discussion paper

Guidelines for an outcome-based trial – raising productivity and engagement
19 Feb 2019

This paper contains practical guidelines and considerations for those considering flexible working arrangements (FWAs), including:

Five recent case studies (with links to video interviews) of business leaders and employees who have experienced the Four-Day Week trial and are responsible for managing the policy across...

Report

14 Feb 2019

This joint Australian and New Zealand report looks at the broad challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy and at what institutional and regulatory settings by the Australian and New Zealand Governments would be most effective.

Working paper

6 Feb 2019

The fourth industrial revolution involves the continuous and cyclical flow of information and actions between the physical and digital worlds. This revolution can potentially create a hyper-connected defence-industry-research-academia ecosystem able to continually innovate.

Presentation

6 Feb 2019

The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust has changed profoundly in the past year — people have shifted their trust to the relationships within their control, most notably their employers.

Trust Inequality

There is a 16-point gap between the more trusting...

Briefing paper

6 Feb 2019

This explainer identifies four current trends in workplace monitoring and surveillance: prediction and flagging tools; biometrics and health data; remote monitoring and time-tracking; and gamification and algorithmic management.

Discussion paper

6 Feb 2019

This report aims to demonstrate that the time we spend in work is neither natural nor inevitable. One of the central aims of this report is to establish time itself as a site of political contestation – in the same vein as housing, healthcare, income,...

Audio podcast

5 Feb 2019

A conversation with researchers and advocates about mental health and the impact of economics and the changing nature of work

Discussion paper

31 Jan 2019

This discussion paper outlines the nature of insecure work in Australia. It defines how we got here, and what the impact of such widespread workplace insecurity is on Australia’s workers and its economy.

Working paper

28 Jan 2019

The future of work is currently receiving attention at the highest policy levels. This paper demonstrates the case for a strong gender lens in these debates and makes a clear call for women’s economic empowerment to be at the front and centre of efforts to...

Article

25 Jan 2019

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019.

Annual Report

24 Jan 2019

Executive summary

The Behavioural Insights Team exists to improve people’s lives and communities. We work in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and charities, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems.

Over the last eight years, the Team has grown...

Report

24 Jan 2019

This report develops both backward- and forward-looking analyses of the impacts of automation over the years 1980 to 2016 and 2016 to 2030 across some 800 occupations. In doing so, it assesses past and coming trends, and suggests a comprehensive response framework for national and state-local policymakers.

Report

A consultation paper in response to the Black Economy Taskforce: final report
23 Jan 2019

The purpose of this paper is to seek views on the possible design characteristics of a reporting regime to provide information on Australians who receive an income from sharing economy websites.

Report

23 Jan 2019

This report seeks to show that a mentally healthy workplace can only be achieved when it is a business priority. It brings together key research findings and other expert resources to put forward a holistic approach to help employers transform awareness into action that promotes...

Blog post

17 Jan 2019

The agenda for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019 presents an audacious challenge: developing a model for Globalization 4.0.

This challenge comes at a hinge point in history. Over the past 30 years, the global economy has delivered immense human progress: for the...

Working paper

7 Jan 2019

This paper describes and tries to reconcile trends in alternative work arrangements in the United States using data from the Contingent Worker Survey supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS) for 1995 to 2017, the 2015 RAND-Princeton Contingent Work Survey (CWS), and administrative tax data...

Other interactive resource

1 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Transformation maps are a dynamic knowledge tool to understand the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, global issues and the Forum’s system initiatives.

Each Transformation Map features a dynamic feed of the latest research and analysis...

Report

Going beyond GDPR to tackle power in the data economy
28 Dec 2018

Ninety per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years, and over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day.

Whole companies are built around principle of relentlessly collecting as much data about internet users as possible, and monetising...

Discussion paper

20 Dec 2018

The Victorian government has announced an inquiry into the on-demand workforce. The inquiry, chaired by former Federal Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria....