7 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious disruptions across the world in various dimensions of life. The realm of work is among them and has emerged as a particularly contentious area of discussion. Consider, for example, discussions on what counts as essential work, or how just-in-time supply chains that rely on minimising labour use, or new ‘online’ ways of doing hitherto offline work, or the anticipated growth in unemployment as a result of this crisis. We take this as an opportunity to ask: How has the pandemic reinforced or challenged our understanding of work, working lives and livelihoods? We take the environment, technology, global markets and civic potency as the anchoring themes to engage with this question as they open up the space to explore where, how, by whom and to what end work is being done, what the nature of the disruption is and what the future of work looks like. In this seminar series, we bring together academics, practitioners and activists to share their experience and expertise on these issues and build new conversations on the geographies of work.

September 7th 2020: Work and Global Value Chains, chair: Shreya Sinha
Ashok Kumar, Birkbeck University of London; Helena Pérez Niño, University of Cambridge; Matthew Amengual, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


September 14th 2020: Work and the Environment, chair: Katarzyna Cieslik
Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge; Puja Shakya, Practical Action Nepal; Joseph Yaro Awetori, University of Ghana


September 21st: Work and Technology, chair: Katarzyna Cieslik
Aditya Ray, The Open University; Nyamwaya Munthali, University of Wageningen; Dorothea Kleine, University of Sheffield


September 28th: Work and Civic Potency: Social Movements and Social Justice, chair: Bhaskar Vira
Orlanda Ruthven, Gram Vaani; Nivedita Narain, PRADAN India; Feyzi Ismail, SOAS University of London

Social Science Research for the 21st Century - Progress through Partnership

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