PLUS – Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development

Duration: 12/2018 - 11/2021
Status: ongoing
Research area: Arbeitsbeziehungen und Mitbestimmung
Key project staff: Bettina Haidinger, Philip Schörpf, Bernhard Saupe
Funded by: European Commission, Horizon 2020 Programme
Cooperation: - UNIVERSTA DE BOLOGNA, Italy (Coordination) - THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION (UH), UK - SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA (SUPSI), Switzerland - UNIVERSITE PARIS 13 (UP13), France - FORSCHUNGS- UND BERATUNGSSTELLE ARBEITSWELT (FORBA), Austria - FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA (UOC), Spain - LEUPHANA UNIVERSITAT LUNEBURG (LUL), Germany - TALLINN UNIVERSITY, Estonia - FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (TECNALIA), Spain - ASSOCIAZIONE BASIC INCOME NETWORK ITALIA (BIN ITALIA), Italy - FONDAZIONE GIACOMO BRODOLINI (FGB), Italy - STICHTING FAIRBNB AMSTERDAM (Fairbnb), Netherlands - SMARTFR (SMartFr), France - ASOCIACION COOPDEVS (Katuma), Spain)

Information about PLUS (Platform Labour in Urban Spaces. Fairness, Welfare, Development)

PLUS aims to address the main features of the platform economy’s impact on work, welfare and social protection through a ground-breaking trans-urban approach.

The platform economy, indeed, is emerging as a strategic sector in terms of application of digital technologies, business investments and new jobs.

The project’s goal is to sketch a picture of such transformations proposing an innovative approach that identifies urban dimension as fundamental stage for measuring and evaluating social and economic impact of these innovations and for building more inclusive policies.

So, the idea is to contribute to fill a gap both in understanding and tackling challenges posed by digitization of labour.

PLUS frames a ground-breaking grid of investigation that intertwines four disruptive platforms (AirBnb, Deliveroo, Helpling and Uber) and seven European cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Lisbon, London, Paris, Tallinn).

A multi-disciplinary legal, socio-economic, political, historical approach articulated in desk analysis, field research (both qualitative and quantitative), and action research (based on communities of practice, social laboratories and pilots-cases) will be adopted in order to foster new alternative scenarios that can contribute to promote social protection, economic development and well-being in digital labour.

A bottom-up approach and techniques of co-creation will be adopted to produce outputs directly impacting on policy-making, market and welfare: innovative typologies of contracts, a Chart for digital workers’ rights, taxation and regulation guidelines, social enterprise pilots and educational patterns for new skills.

For further information visit the project website: https://project-plus.eu/

PLUS is funded within the EU H2020 Research Programme H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018 Programme.

Duration of the project: 12/2018 – 11/2021

PLUS is coordinated by the University of Bologna. FORBA is a project partner and undertakes quantitative and background research.

FORBA key staff: Bettina Haidinger, Philip Schörpf, Bernhard Saupe