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Platform Work Inclusion Living Lab - PLATFORM WORK INCLUSION LIVING LAB

48 months (Unknown date)
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UE-funded research
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The platform economy (PE), that is the production and consumption supported by digital platforms, has accelerated following the COVID-19 outbreak. Although several PE models exist, the PE predominant model is mostly characterised by poor working conditions, low pay, lack of social protection for workers, and increasing gender, racial and socioeconomic inequalities. The main objective of the Platform Work Inclusion Living Lab (P-WILL) is to build a pan-european interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary multistakeholder network including policymakers, industry leaders, civil society organisations, researchers, and cooperation bridges among main initiatives happening at the international level, to foster the upsurge of alternative scenarios in the frame of platform work. The P-WILL promotes the PE intersectional gender perspective and inclusion through increased well-being, economic justice, and rights for the traditionally excluded collectives (TEC) while aligning the PE with The European Pillar of Social Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The general aims of this COST Action proposal are: - To discuss and critique current elements of the discourse on platform work, incorporating an intersectional feminist approach and proposing a richer and inclusive definition of the phenomenon. - To favour an interdisciplinary social and technical approach to PE. - To develop a deeper understanding of the impact of the expansion of the PE connected to COVID-19 on traditionally excluded collectives. - To foster transdisciplinary PE action-oriented evidence based outcomes and close the gap between society, science, industry and policymaking by providing an innovative living lab methodology for novel, bottom-up ideas creation and testing that effectively reach policymaking institutions recommendations, alternative platform design models and technical design guidelines. - To establish grounds for further research development in line with The European Pillar of Social Rights and SDGs, strengthening European research and innovation capacities.


ERC sectors

SH3_11 - Communication and information, networks, media

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 8. Incentivare una crescita economica duratura, inclusiva e sostenibile, un’occupazione piena e produttiva ed un lavoro dignitoso per tutti