PLUS <br>Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development

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

Period
December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2021
Duration
36 months
Funding Entity
European Commission
Abstract

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 project focuses on this specific and meaningful segment of the so-called Industry 4.0 revolution because it summarizes all main opportunities and challenges for the future of work, social innovation and a fair growth. 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. In this way, PLUS will 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 multidisciplinary 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 pilotscases) 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. The project valorizes the role that different stakeholders could play in promoting and balancing such transformations. 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.

Partners

UNIVERSIDADE DE BOLONHA, 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), Italy
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

Keywords
platform economy, digital labour, co-creation, bottom-up solutions, welfare policies, trans-urban approach, social enterprise, qualitative and quantitative measuring, cohesive growth