Research Project

Future Ways of Working in the Digital Economy

A four-year research project funded by the Research Council of Norway

As digital labor markets continue to grow, transferring risks and costs onto workers, it is critical that the experience of the individual digital worker is re-prioritised as a focus within research and public discourse.

Accordingly, this project conducts an in-depth empirical investigation into the function, status, and meaning creation of individual workers in the future digital economy.

Research along five work packages, focusing on macro-, meso-, and micro- dimensions of the digital economy, will result in the development of inclusive labor designs for a fairer digital economy.

For the macro-dimension, this project will commence with a thorough mapping of the current and future digital economy.

For the meso-dimension, the project will investigate the roles of organizations and institutions, especially the pivotal role of platforms, in shaping the experiences of digital labor.

The micro-dimension refers to the situational experiences of digital workers, where we will explore questions of digital literacy and preparedness, identity, and status.

As an overall driving construct, this project aims to understand how individual digital workers can create a sense of belonging, meaningfulness, and mattering in the increasingly remote, decontextualized, and fragmented digital economy.

  • Monday, 26 October 2020 -

    Symposium on the Digital Economy

    The Nordic Centre's Christoph Lutz, in collaboration with Volker Stocker from the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, organized an online Symposium on the Digital Economy. The Symposium…

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2020 -

    Special Issue Call for Papers on AI and Work

    Christoph Lutz is a co-editor of a special of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) on artificial intelligence (AI) and work. The special issue will focus on…

  • Tuesday, 03 March 2020 -

    Workshop on Digital Justice at Oxford University

    This March, Christian and Eliane participated in a workshop at Oxford University on Digital Justice in Platform Governance, organized by Isabel Ebert and Felix Pflücke. The workshop brought together…

  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020 -

    Presentation at the Sharing Smart Cities Switzerland Symposium – Lucerne, Switzerland

    This January, we attended the Sharing Smart Cities symposium, with a presentation on Smart Urbanity and the Life lived well. The event, convened on January 14th by the Lucerne University of Applied…


For all queries, please contact:

Professor Christian Fieseler

BI Norwegian Business School


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This project has received funding from the Research Council of Norway within the Toppforsk project "Future Ways of Working in the Digital Economy" (275347).