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Our working conditions have great influence on our lives, our income and our social status. Due to tremendous changes in demography, technology and gender roles, the term “good work” has gained great importance. Not only trade unions, but also parties and foundations have put the topic on their agenda. Researchers deal with specific aspects of “good work,” but mostly without making clear how their studies relate to one another. The interdisciplinary doctoral program “Good Work. Approaches to Shaping Tomorrow's World of Work” seeks to bridge that gap and to answer the question what “good work” is and how changes in digitalization, migration, growing income disparities etc. will influence the future of work.   

The program is sponsored by the WZB and the Hans Böckler Foundation and is headed by Prof. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D. The duration of the program is three years, starting in November 2016. The team consists of five WZB-based researchers and eight doctoral students with different disciplinary backgrounds such as sociology, economics, psychology and related areas. Cooperation partners are located at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Hohenheim. The research focuses on following thematic areas:

I. “Good work” in the digital economy (Head: Dr. Martin Krzywdzinski)

II. Migration and “good work” (Head: Dr. Susanne Veit)

III. “Good work” and quality of life (Head: Lena Hipp Ph.D.)

IV. Good incomes from “good work” (Head: Dr. Martin Ehlert)

V. Promoting “good work” (Head: Sigurt Vitols Ph.D.)

An overview of the five thematic areas can be found here.

These five thematic areas are covered by a cooperation of different research units and project groups of the WZB which give the doctoral program a unique bridging function.

Please note that the second phase of the doctoral program will begin soon. It focuses on "Good Work in a Transformative World". Twelve new doctoral scholarships will be awarded. For further information, please follow the links to the 2nd College and the  Hans Böckler Foundation.


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