What we do

Prioritising people

Rapid change is transforming people’s experiences of work and their priorities around it. But people and communities often have little say in shaping these transitions, and policy is often developed without understanding the views or capabilities of frontline workers. We are working in partnership to empower people and communities to create their own futures of work.


Equipping our future workforce

We are broadening strategies for equipping the future workforce by introducing the capabilities approach.

Communities in transition

We are working in partnership to empower local institutions, people and communities to shape their own futures of work.

Spotlight on Remote Workers

To understand the experiences of the mass homeworking experiment, and interrogate the default position that remote work is the ‘future of work’, we conducted a series of interviews during lockdown, revisiting some interviewees in August 2020.
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SPIA Toolkit

We forefront people with lived experience of the issues we research, and use design thinking to unlock new ideas and build consensus.
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The Amazonia Era - The gigification of work

We are living through a new transformation of work. We are living in an Amazonian Era.
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The Grimsby Project: We need to talk about work

Something is missing from our conversations about the future of work: stories from people who are experiencing transformation directly. From October 2020, the Institute for the Future of Work spoke to Grimsby residents in a diverse set of roles.
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Designing technology for a better future of work

What new, disruptive technologies are on the horizon? Join us as we explore how the design process could help businesses and employees to create innovative solutions for a better future of work.
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Revaluing Social Care: Lessons from our Workshop

Social care is more than just a sector of the economy. It’s central to life and underpins how people live and work across the country. The importance of the social care sector and ‘soft’ caring skills to the future of work is growing fast.
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Making the most of a crisis: Social capital made digital

Examining the economic shock from the coronavirus, we highlight strategies for recovery and explore the impact on jobs and the workforce. How can we build resilience and shape a better future of work?
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IFOW project with the ICO looking at worker involvement in auditing of algorithmic systems

IFOW is pleased to announce a new project with the ICO looking at worker involvement in auditing of algorithmic systems. This project will be led by IFOW Head of Research Abby Gilbert.
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