Just Work in the Digital Economy

Rapid technological innovation is fundamentally changing the nature of work, with significant implications for individuals, organisations and societies. In this symposium, QUT researchers from the Work/Industry Futures Research Program (QUT Business School), Digital Media Research Centre (Creative Industries Faculty) and Intellectual Property and Innovation Research Program (Faculty of Law) addressed some of the emerging economic, legal and socio-cultural issues arising from profound shifts in the employment landscape, in Australia and internationally. Topics included the rise of crowdworking as a form of income generation; the contested terrain of social media at work; future job prospects in the creative industries; regulatory challenges in the ‘sharing’ economy; and labour rights in the context of global trade.

At the symposium, Deanna Grant-Smith presented on ‘The virtual possibilities of unpaid work and internships’, Paula McDonald presented on ‘The contested terrain of social media in employment: Shifting public/private boundaries’ and Robyn Mayes presented on ‘Working the crowd: Practice, participation, politics’.

Other featured participants included Distinguish Prof. Stuart Cunningham, Assoc. Prof. Patrik Wikstrom, Assoc. Prof. Ruth Bridgstock, Prof. Greg Hearn, Assoc. Prof. John Banks, Assoc. Prof. Nicolas Suzor, Dr. Robyn Mayes, Prof. Matthew Rimmer, and Dr. Kevin Sanson.

For more information on this Symposium, contact Professor Paula McDonald.