Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development

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PLUS aims to address the main features of the platform economy’s impact on work, welfare and social protection through a ground-breaking trans-urban approach. The project focuses on this specific and meaningful segment of the so-called Industry 4.0 revolution because it summarizes all main opportunities and challenges for the future of work, social innovation and a fair growth. The platform economy, indeed, is emerging as a strategic sector in terms of application of digital technologies, business investments and new jobs. The project’s goal is to sketch a picture of such transformations proposing an innovative approach that identifies urban dimension as fundamental stage for measuring and evaluating social and economic impact of these innovations and for building more inclusive policies. In this way, PLUS will contribute to fill a gap both in understanding and tackling challenges posed by digitization of labour. PLUS frames a ground-breaking grid of investigation that intertwines four disruptive platforms (AirBnb, Deliveroo, Helpling and Uber) and seven European cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Lisbon, London, Paris, Tallinn). A multi-disciplinary legal, socio-economic, political, historical approach articulated in desk analysis, field research (both qualitative and quantitative), and action research (based on communities of practice, social laboratories and pilots-cases) will be adopted in order to foster new alternative scenarios that can contribute to promote social protection, economic development and well-being in digital labour. The project valorizes the role that different stakeholders could play in promoting and balancing such transformations. A bottom-up approach and techniques of co-creation will be adopted to produce outputs directly impacting on policy-making, market and welfare: innovative typologies of contracts, a Chart for digital workers' rights, taxation and regulation guidelines, social enterprise pilots and educational patterns for new skills

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Sandro Mezzadra

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento delle Arti
Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell'Economia

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Asociacion Coopdevs (Spain)
University Of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
Tallinn University (Estonia)
Universite Paris 13 (Uspn) (France)
Smartfr (France)
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (Italy)
Supsi Scuola Universitaria Professionale Della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland)
Forschungs Und Beratungsstelle (Austria)
Institut Syndical Europeen (Belgium)
Stichting Fairbnb Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)
Fundacio Per La Universitat Oberta De Catalunya (Spain)
Leuphana Universitat Luneburg (Germany)
Centro De Estudos Sociais Della Universidade De Coimbra (Portugal)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.992.377,50
Project Duration in months: 39
Start Date: 01/12/2018
End Date: 31/03/2022

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Decent work and economic growth This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822638 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822638