The platform economy (PE) 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, designers, researchers, and the main initiatives happening at the international level, to foster the upsurge of alternative scenarios in the frame of platform work.
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 EU Pillar of Social Rights and SDGs.
The aims of P-WILL 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 closing the gap between society, science, industry and policymaking through co-creation of novel, bottom-up ideas to challenge and improve policymaking institutions recommendations, alternative platform design models and technical design guidelines.
- To establish grounds for further research development heeding The European Pillar of Social Rights and SDGs, strengthening European research and innovation capacities.
P-WILL is organized around five Working Groups:
- WG1 Platform work inclusive holistic framework exploration
- WG2 Organisational and platform work models
- WG3 Digital technologies and data models
- WG4 Mobilisation, regulation and policy strategies
- WG5 Transdisciplinarity outcomes and impact evaluation
If you are interested in joining one of the Working Groups, go here.
P-WILL was launched on 14 September 2022 and has an end date of 13 September 2026.
You can learn more about P-WILL by reading the Memorandum of Understanding.
Action keywords: Platform Work – Platform Economy – Intersectional gender approach – Digital technologies – Policy recommendations