The Future of Work Programme (FOW) is an interdisciplinary research programme that brings together diverse GTC, and greater Oxford, students and Fellows for the purpose of analysing empirically why and how work is changing and impacting societies. This programme is evolving out of a bottom-up process which harnesses the ideas of as many members of GTC as possible.
The community inspired research will give programme participants access to Fellows and students for inspiration and support, as well as providing aspiring researchers with unique publication opportunities.
The subject of 'work' is being interpreted in many ways (for example, technology for medical 'work', labour movements and 'worker' organisation, global 'work' trends and migration, etc) and is therefore relevant to many individuals' research interests. The programme is being developed according to broad sub-themes which have developed out of GTC community interests, and include:
- Identity and Work
- Work Boundaries
- Ethics of Work
- Mind, Body, and Work
- Researching Work
- Innovation and Change in Work
The Future of Work programme was launched with a workshop in February 2010. This workshop kickstarted a series of lunchtime seminar meetings for people who are interested in the programme, and also announced the annual Ngo Future of Work Prize which is awarded annually to an aspiring researcher who has contributed significantly to the growing body of knowledge enabling people to understand the future of work.