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The future of work: Opportunities and challenges for the Nordic models


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New report from pillar 1: The Nordic future of work: drivers, institutions and politics

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Major changes in technology, economic contexts, workforces, and the institutions of work have come in ebb and flow since well before the first industrial revolution in the 18th century. Yet, many argue that the changes we are currently facing are different, and that the rise of digitalized production will entirely transform our ways and views of work.

In this collaborative project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, researchers from the five Nordic countries will study how the ongoing transformations of production and labour markets associated with, amongst other, digitalization, demographic change, and new forms of employment will influence the future of work in the Nordic countries. Through action and policy oriented studies and dialogue with stakeholders, the objective is to enhance research-based knowledge dissemination, experience exchange, and mutual learning across the Nordic boundaries. Intermediary results from the project will feed into Nordic debates on how to contribute to the Future of Work Agenda that is to be adopted at the ILO’s centenary anniversary in 2019.

The project is conducted by a team of more than 30 Nordic scholars from universities and research institutes in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The project started late 2017 and will be completed by a synthesis report in 2020.

Project leaders: Jon Erik DølvikKristin AlsosKristin Jesnes, Fafo

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The project is divided into seven pillars:

Pillar I - Main drivers of change
Pillar II - Digitalization of traditional forms of work
Pillar III - Self-employed, independent and atypical work
Pillar IV - New labour market agents
Pillar V - Occupational health – consequences and challenges
Pillar VI - Labour law & regulations
Pillar VII - Final synthetizing report: The Nordic model of labour market governance

Participating scholars


Daglig leder: Tone Fløtten

Forskningssjef: Sissel Trygstad

Forskningsledere: Kristin AlsosJon M.Hippe, Jon Rogstad og Åge Arild Tiltnes

Økonomi- og administrasjon: Mona Sandbæk

Informasjonsavdelingen: Jon Lahlum


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