Future of Work

Theme Description

Globalisation and the rapid spread of new technology are key trends that are having a profound impact on work.  Talent can now be sourced from a much wider and more global talent pool and the notion of where work takes place is also dramatically changing. Telework, coworking and gig work opportunities have changed the structure of the labour market and automation has changed the content of jobs.  The impact of these changes extends far beyond the workplace, offering the potential for the development of regional economies and thereby narrowing the urban/ rural divide.

How these momentous changes are shaping the future of work is open to much debate. The Future of Work theme sets out to explore the many challenges and opportunities that the changing work landscape presents.  Current projects consider trust in the context of disruptive technology, new technology and its impact on work and worker well-being, work and social media, and the future of work in digital towns.


  • Conway, E., Rosati, P., Monks, K. and Lynn, T. (2019) ‘Voicing job satisfaction and dissatisfaction through Twitter: employees’ use of cyberspace.’ New Technology, Work and Employment, 34(2), pp.139-156.
  • Mkamwa, T., Conway, E. and Flood, P. (2015) ‘The Influence of Employee Human Resource Satisfaction on Employee Innovative Work Behavior.’ Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, pp.32-47.
  • Conway, E. and Monks, K. (2011) ‘Change from below: the role of middle managers in mediating paradoxical change.’ Human Resource Management Journal, 21(2), pp.190-203.
  • Conway, E., Truss, C., Monks, K., Flood, P., Hannon, E. and Mastroeni, M. (2009) ‘The development of an HR measure to capture ambidextrous learning.’