PhD Summer School 2022: Trajectories of platform capitalism and platform work

In 2022, the PhD Summer School took place between the 7th of September and 10th of September in Berlin, Germany. The school has explored upcoming research questions related to the platform economy and platform work.

By situating individual research projects within the broader research agenda on the platform economy and platform work, the summer school focused on a range of topics, including

  • studies of algorithmic management on labour platforms;
  • issues of race, gender and migration in platform work;
  • varieties of platform capitalism;
  • the role of platforms in reorganising traditional industries;
  • ethics of digitalisation, strategic foresights.

The school was supported by five academic mentors

Prof. Dr. Martin Krzywdzinski is a Professor of International Labour Relations at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, director at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and head of the research group "Globalization, Work and Production" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Dr. Florian Butollo is a Research Fellow the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and senior advisor at the Enquete Commission ‘Artificial Intelligence – Social Responsibility and Economic Potential’ of the German Parliament.

Dr. Tatiana Lopez-Ayala is a Researcher at the international Fairwork Secretariat at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and a member of the research group “Globalization, Work and Production”.

Dr. Funda Ustek Spilda is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and project manager at Fairwork, based at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of London. She studies issues of justice, fairness and ethics in emerging technologies, from the perspectives of labour, migration and gender.

Dr. Charalambos Tsekeris is a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research (Athens, Greece), and Vice-President of the Hellenic National Commission for Bioethics and Techno-ethics.

The Summer School has gathered 14 PhD Students

Franziska Baum, Universität Hamburg, Germany,

Leonard Ecker, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany

Milena Franke, KU Leuven, Belgium

Dalia Gebrial, London School of Economics, UK

Kai-Hsin Hung, HEC Montréal, Canada

Kristin Jesnes, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Zuzanna Kowalik, the University of Warsaw, Poland

Maximilian Kriz, the University of Glasgow, UK

Yin Liang, the University of Durham, UK

Eva Moss, the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Valentin Niebler, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Sigurd M. N. Oppegaard, the University of Oslo, Norway

Padmini Sharma, Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Barbara Švagan, the University of Primorska, Slovenia

Trajectories of platform capitalism and platform work

Trajectories of platform capitalism and platform work

PhD Summer School 2022
Brussels, 2023

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