The current workshop aims to discuss policy practices that make labour markets more inclusive, while capitalising on the opportunities created by automation technologies. The following policy areas will be in the focus of the workshop – education and training, labour market and employment, innovation and entrepreneurship, migration and labour mobility. The project team will present findings collected through desk research and ten regional case studies across the EU (namely, in Germany (Köln), Denmark (Nordjylland), Czech Republic (Prague), Estonia, France (Pays de la Loire), Malta, Portugal (Lisbon), Poland (Dolnoslaskie, Közép-Dunántúl), and Latvia).
There are worse things in life than decamping to a leafy island right across the water from San Marco in Venice. And if you can check the “work” box for it, well, that much better. SPRU and Pillars will be holding a workshop at the famed lagoon town in June 2023, devoted to combining different disciplinary approaches to tackle the effects that technological change will have on the future of work, instead of letting each discipline toil away on its own silo.
This workshop brought together a group of researchers working on topics related to automation, technological change, and labor markets in a global economy. We discussed theoretical and empirical contributions that help us understand the determinants of automation in an open economy and the impact of automation and technology adoption on firms and their workers.
Supply-chain turmoil during the covid crisis and also China's stance in the Ukraine war have made Germany and Europe aware of the risks that dependence on China can entail. Whereas economic policy and business decisions used to be based on economic criteria, geopolitical factors such as stability and political security are now increasingly coming to the fore.
What do all these developments mean for future business relations with China? How should Europe position itself?
It is a powerful line-up: Pillars is joining forces with the renowned ifo Institute and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria to review how data can be leveraged to ascertain not only the state of skills availability, but also which skills will be needed in the future. A workshop, to be held in Munich March 23rd, will offer representatives of industry, public administration and politics a chance to discuss findings directly with Pillars and ifo researchers.