New Grant Holder Institution Public Policy Research Center from Belgrade and continuation of COST P-WILL

We would like to inform you about the continuation of COST P-WILL and the commencement of the new grant period, which will run from April until October 2024.
Furthermore, we are excited to inform you that the Public Policy Research Center from Belgrade has been appointed as the new Grant Holder institution following approval from the majority of MC votes in March. The Private Foundation of the Catalan Open University (UOC) previously resigned as Grant Holder institution. With this transition successfully completed, we are now ready to re-start our work.

Contacts with the new Grant Holder institution is as follows: P-WILL@publicpolicy.rs

While this transition may necessitate some adjustments to our timeline, we are committed to ensuring a seamless transition and maintaining the momentum of our activities. As such, we kindly draw your attention to the rescheduled MC meeting in Paris, now slated for September 25th to 27th, 2024. This change provides us with ample time for thorough planning and preparation. We are excited to see many of you there!

Additionally, we want to highlight another important upcoming hybrid online and presidential event, the International Congress “Women, Technology, and Power”. The event will be held in June (18 and 19 of June 2024) in San Sebastian, Basc Country, Spanish State. This event will also serve as the first physical meeting of the core group members. Working group meeting will also be celebrated. For more information, please visit the event website: https://congress.antifeministresistances.com/. The call for contributions has been extended to May 15th!

Invitations to the events will be sent out soon, and the call for STMS will be reopened.
As we move forward, we remain committed to fostering collaboration and advancing our shared goals. Should you need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us!

Warm regards,

Mayo Fuster Morell (Action Chair, Faculty Affiliated Beckman Klein center for Internet and society (Harvard University) ) and Branka Andjelkovic (Action Co-chair, and Scientific representative of the Grant Holder institution, Public Policy Research Center from Belgrade).

Call for Papers ROUTLEDGE BOOK SERIES:

Gender and Well-Being

Series Editors: Cristina Borderías & Bernard Harris

Book title:

Gender and intersectional inequalities in the platform economy

Editors: Paula Rodriguez-Modroño, Annarosa Pesole, Ivana Pais

Few recent developments in labour and employment have attracted as much attention as the expansion of digitalisation and platform economies. Platform work can be defined as a type of work where an online platform organise and intermediate platform workers, who provide services, and paying clients. Platform work is a rapidly increasing segment of the EU economy, employing more than 28 million people in 2021; this number is projected to reach 43 million by 2025 (European Parliament, 2023). This book explores the impacts of the platform economy and platform work on socioeconomic inequalities and well-being from a gender and intersectional approach.

The book will examine different key aspects around (i) the new forms of work and intersectional inequalities in platforms, (ii) how the platform economy intervenes in, changes, and reconfigures the organization of different sectors, and (iii) the challenges faced by policymakers and workers’ organizations regarding formalization, remuneration, quality of work, and or social protection of platform work.

Special attention will be devoted to digital platforms in healthcare activities, since it is one of the sectors with highest potential of digitalization and growth of digital platforms, but also of employment creation and formalisation. Care work platforms are digital labour platforms that organise and mediate transactions of labour in domestic or house-related services, including, but not limited to, cleaning/ housekeeping, babysitting, childcare, elderly care and household tasks. The ILO (2021) reports a global eightfold increase in care work via digital platforms in the last decade. Despite their rapid growth, most studies on platforms have focused on male-dominated sectors, such as driving and food delivery, while the healthcare sector is predominantly occupied by women workers, and many of them from foreign countries.

This book includes case studies of different countries from the global North and the global South and will contribute to a better understanding of how digital platforms are inserting themselves into neoliberal transformations in labour markets.

We welcome papers on the following or related topics:

  • Impacts of digital platforms on gender and/or intersectional inequalities
  • New forms of work in digital platforms
  • Reconfiguration of services and industries with platformisation
  • Digitalisation of female dominated sectors
  • The different roles of the state at different levels (national and supranational)
  • Worker organising and power, trade unions and new forms of worker organising 
  • Impacts on social reproduction and households
  • Migration and global care chains

Please send a proposal with a tentative title, a few lines about the paper and name and affiliations of authors before July 31th, 2024. Then, before September 10th, 2024 send the title, abstract (250 words), and a short bio of the authors (including also recent peer-reviewed publications).

If your proposal is approved, we expect it to meet these guidelines:

  • No more than 9,000 words (%10 flexibility allowed, excluding references).
  • English language
  • Include an abstract of 250 words maximum
  • Use APA style references

The book will be published in 2025.