New Forms of Work

What are new forms of work? What is platform work?

Digital technologies increasingly shape the world of work. This results in the growth of new forms of work such as platform work where services are mediated by a digital platform. These new forms of work are characterised by changing working patterns, contractual relationships, places, duration, and schedule of work as well as increased use of digital technologies. While some new forms of work are non-standard work, non-standard forms of work are the standard within the collaborative economy.

Why is research in new forms of work important?

New forms of work create both opportunities and challenges. While digital labour platforms create new jobs, it poses major challenges for workers, companies as well as tax authorities and policymakers. Many workers for instance may suffer from irregular employment, poor working conditions and low pay. Furthermore, we still know very little about the development of new forms of work. To this end, we need valid data on workers and companies engaged in new forms of work as well as the effectiveness of public policies.

What we offer:

Researchers at the European Centre have a strong background in research and policy advise related to new forms of work and more specifically platform work.

We focus on:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research in new forms of work
  • Analysing workers’ working conditions and attitudes toward trade unions
  • Assessing approaches for preventing, detecting, and proving undeclared work in new forms of work
  • Comparative research and identification of best practices to improve working conditions of workers

Project examples

Contact persons

Leonard Geyer

Leonard Geyer

Anette Scoppetta

Anette Scoppetta