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The Future of Work

Primary supervisor

Sarah Pink

Research area

Emerging Technologies

This project examines the Future of Work through a focus on ethical and equitable uses of automated technologies. 

The successful candidate will develop a design anthropology approach to investigate the future of automation (including technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automated Decision-Making (ADM)) in the workplace. 

The research will focus on questions such as: how such technologies are imagined by designers, industry, government and policy stakeholders; how they are experienced in their emerging forms by people working in these industries; possible future scenarios where these technologies might be engaged towards creating ethical and equitable futures; how automated work practice might become part of possible future ways of living. 

This project is based in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab: an interdisciplinary and internationally embedded research lab which conducts research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. The candidate will benefit from participating in ETLab's PhD programme, connecting with our AUTOWORK research team, our local community of world leading researchers and our international network. See

Required knowledge

Applicants should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the social sciences or humanities (eg with training in anthropology, sociology, human geography or STS) or design. They should have experience of ethnographic research and an interest in innovative and futures focused approaches. 

Learn more about minimum entry requirements.