About the Job
Are you interested in researching the gig economy and precarious platform work? Do you want to understand the obstacles gig workers face and work towards removing them?
Then consider applying to our currently available positions! We have built a network of social justice minded scholars from over ten countries whose aim is to understand, and counter, some of the forces that disempower gig workers across the world. We're looking for looking for thoughtful, creative and critical researchers and staff to help drive our ambitious global programme of action research.
The jobs are based at the University of Oxford's Oxford Internet Institute, and we are recruiting at both the Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Assistant levels
Fairwork Project, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Fairwork is an action-research project based at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. We research working conditions in the gig economy, in order to develop ‘fairness ratings’ for digital labour platforms like Uber, Helpling and Deliveroo (see examples on our website). We use these ratings as a lever to improve pay and conditions for platform workers, through media and consumer pressure.
Fairwork’s programme of action research intends not just to understand the world, but to change it. By bringing workers, platforms, scholars, labour researchers and policymakers to the table, we work to collaboratively develop and embed principles of fair work into the script of the gig economy. Fundamental to the project is a commitment to being participatory and non-hierarchical within our communities: we are all—workers, unions, platforms, regulators, academics—the experts, and we all have co-developed this project. Our ultimate aim is to understand, and counter, some of the forces that disempower gig workers across the world.
Over the past three years, we have mobilized a unique and growing transnational network of social justice minded scholars from over ten countries in pursuit of this planetary goal. In order to effectively advocate for gig workers everywhere, we believe it necessary for our team too to reflect a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and more. In growing our team, we value and welcome the unique contributions that applicants can bring in terms of their education, opinions, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, religion, disability, and beliefs. We actively strive to build and nurture a culture of empathy, inclusiveness, and respect.