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Working Group 4

Policy implications of Virtual Work


The focus of Working Group 4 is on the implications of the development of virtual work for policy, especially employment policy. On the one hand it will analyse the impact of existing policies and the reactions of differing policy stakeholders to the development of virtual work. On the other hand, it will engage proactively with policy stakeholders in the development of new policy agendas, such as those developed in relation to the priorities of the EU’s Europe 2020 goals, and those of its ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’, including innovation policy, information society policy, skills policy and economic development policy but with a special focus on employment policy, given the impacts on the quantity and quality of work. In addition to developing an overview of policy relating to virtual work in Europe, this Working Group will also draw on the results of the other three working groups in order to synthesise the messages from the Action as a whole for dissemination to the policy community. Membership of this Working Group is open to policy stakeholders including trade unions, NGOs, employers’ associations and regional, national and international government bodies. The leader of this Working Group is Pamela Meil, who is a Senior Researcher at the Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung (ISF) in Munich.




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Towards a future research agenda – summary document

Posted: August 4, 2016 As the Dynamics of Virtual Work COST Action draws to a close, Working Group 4 has been working hard to pull together all the results of its work on the policy implications of Virtual Work and, in particular, the research questions that will need to be addressed to enable these policies to be formulated. Read More

Policy Implications of Virtual Work, Brussels, 9 June, 2016

Posted: April 23, 2016 A meeting was held with policy stakeholders hosted by the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour to discuss the policy implications of virtual work. Read More

Expert Workshop, Brussels, 18 February, 2016

Posted: January 27, 2016 An expert workshop was held in Brussels on February 18th, 2016, hosted by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies on the Measurement of Digital Work Read More