Future of work

Future of Work Fellowship Scheme


What is the OECD Future of Work Fellowship scheme?

The OECD Future of Work Fellowship Scheme aims to promote new and innovative (post-)doctoral research in the fields of economics, statistics, sociology and other related social sciences which provide better evidence to help policy makers across OECD countries respond to labour issues. The fellows' work focuses on i) megatrends that are affecting labour markets and the impact that these trends have on job quantity and quality, as well as more broadly on inequality, productivity and growth; and ii) link those impacts to challenges for government in the area of social protection, skills, active labour market programs and regulation. Their work is essential in exploring innovative policy tools that can help governments address these challenges head on.

New! Call for Proposals: Future of Work Fellowship scheme 2018-2019 (deadline 14 September 2018)

The OECD now accepts applications for the Future of Work Fellowship Scheme 2018/19. Proposals should be sent to the OECD at FoWFellowship@oecd.org.

For further instructions and the application form download the call for proposals 


Meet the 2017-18 Fellows

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Dr. Otto Kässi 

About Otto

Dr. Otto Kässi is a labour economist. He is currently employed in the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford where he studies various forms of online work. Prior to joining the OII, Otto earned both Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Helsinki.

Otto's reserach project: Online Labor Market Signaling

There is ample evidence on information frictions in online freelancing markets. As a result of these frictions, employers have limited means for telling good and bad freelancers apart. Online labor market platforms have developed several institutions for levelling this information asymmetry. This project concentrates on a specific institution: voluntary skill certification tests which the freelancers can take to reduce employer uncertainty.

Personal website: https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/otto-kassi/

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Sanna Ojanperä

About Sanna

Sanna is a first-year doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford and at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science. Before commencing her doctoral studies, she worked as the quantitative research lead in an ERC-funded GeoNet project, which studies how new economic practices and processes are taking root in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of changing connectivities. Before joining the OII, Sanna worked with the Digital Engagement team of the World Bank Governance Global Practice and with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness Unit. She earned a Master’s Degree from American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC) in 2013. At SIS she studied international development, governance and quantitative research methods as an ASLA-Fulbright Fellow.

Sanna's research project: The Networked Nature of the Emerging Digital Economy and its Relation to Informality in Latin America

Sanna’s doctoral research investigates the relationship between accessing work through online platforms and informality, and how these practices impact inequality, social exclusion, individual well-being, and the government’s ability to collect taxes. In her research she applies a mixed methods research design analyzing big data from online labour platforms and qualitative interview data through a combination of statistical methods, network science, data science and qualitative analysis. Sanna is also very interested in the applications of big data in international development and through her research endeavours to understand what development is and should be in the era of massive data and ever-increasing computing abilities.

Personal website: www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/sanna

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Zach Parolin

About Zach

Zach Parolin is a doctoral researcher at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp. His work focuses on the measurement and determinants of poverty and income inequality, with a particular focus on the moderating role of welfare state and labor market institutions. Zach holds an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the Centre for Social Policy, he worked at the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in Washington, D.C., and for the Australian Baseball League in Perth, Australia.

Zach's research project: Automation, Job Polarisation & the Moderating Role of Labor Market Institutions: What the Recent Past Portends for the ‘Future of Work’

Zach’s work focuses on the role of labour market and welfare state institutions in shaping poverty, employment, and inequality outcomes. His research on the ‘Future of Work’ investigates how the effects of automation on job displacement and occupational employment shares may vary across political-institutional contexts. Specifically, he will explore how labor market institutions – such as collective bargaining agreements, employment protection legislation, and union representation – moderate the extent of automation-induced job displacement and polarisation among OECD Member States.

Personal website: www.zachparolin.com



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