Future of Work

We explore how to build a human-centered future of work, engaging communities of scholars and practitioners around the world.

Global Future of Workers Initiative

The Global Future of Workers Initiative is an interdisciplinary global forum of exchange and personal-professional connection for PhD students. We have brought together a global community of PhD students across five continents that collectively put the interests of working people at the heart of their research. Our vision is to build a network of young scholars that together can inform and expand the future of workers discourse within the academy and greater society. 

Learn more about the initiative.

Annual Research Volume for the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Image of LERA research volumeRevaluing Work(ers): Toward a Democratic and Sustainable Future

Edited by Tobias Schulze-Cleven and Todd E. Vachon

This LERA research volume presents a labor studies perspective on the future of work, arguing that revaluing work—the efforts and contributions of workers—is crucial to realizing the promises of democracy and improving sustainability. It emphasizes that collective political action, and the collective agency of workers in particular, is central to driving this agenda forward. Moreover, it maintains that reproductive work—labor efforts from care to education that sustain the reproduction of society—can function as a crucible of innovation for the valuation and governance of work more broadly. 

Learn more about the volume, or buy the volume at Cornell University Press.


Rutgers-Renmin Collaboration

In 2019, we held the fourth joint annual conference of the cooperation with Renmin University’s Schools of Labor and Human Resources, focusing on the digital economy and future of work. Past conferences have focused on market integration, China’s rise, and labor adaptationwork and employment in the platform economy; and the impact of digital technology on working arrangements worker well-being.

Other Recent Publications

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias and Todd E. Vachon. 2022. “The Future of Work and Workers: Insights from US Labour Studies.” Global Labour Journal 13(1): 122-134. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15173/glj.v13i1.5068