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THE DSI COMMUNITY WORK

Digitalization is transforming work as we know it. Our community examines how technological advances and other forces are changing the world of work and how people and societies can act to shape change in a positive direction.

People spend more time at work than almost any other activity during their lifetime. The research scholars in our community conduct aims to harness the promise of digitalization to make work better for people. Our community events aim to bring together academics, practitioners, and the public to spark dialogue on the opportunities and challenges people will face in the future of work.

The DSI Community Work brings together scholars across disciplines and faculties to promote a scientific understanding of digitalization and its effects on workers, leaders, organizations, the economy, and society at large. Our activities support the exchange of ideas, innovative research and teaching projects, knowledge sharing through lectures, workshops, conferences, and more. As digitalization rapidly changes work and challenges existing paradigms, our goal is to ensure that scientists critically reflect on and influence its course to make the most of the opportunities that times of change afford.

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Members

THE DIGITAL SOCIETY INITIATIVE

What questions about digitization are on your mind? And how has your life changed with the digital transformation? Digitization is presenting society and science with new challenges. It is taking hold of a large part of our lives at an ever faster pace.

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) was founded at the University of Zurich in 2016. The DSI supports scientists in their research and teaching on the digital transformation and is the competence center of the University of Zurich, where the impact of digitization is researched and bundled across all disciplines.
The Digital Society Initiative also aims to engage in dialogue with a broad public. The DSI at the University of Zurich wants to critically reflect on the digital transformation and look at it from different angles. This is not about technological novelties, but much more about ethical, legal, social and economic aspects that need to be discussed. It is about people and their role in our digitalized world.

Meet Our Community

People spend more time at work than almost any other activity during their lifetime. Our research aims to harness the promise of digitalization to make work better.

The scholars in the DSI Community Work bring a range of perspectives from different fields to examine how to make the world of work better for people as technology changes it. Our members drive forward cutting-edge new research on work in a variety of qualitative and quantitative empirical projects. Key areas of focus include understanding the myriad of ways in which digital platforms and gig work influence the world of work, harnessing the crowd for innovation work, investigating what the “future of work” means to people and why this matters, and improving how employees experience their work through job crafting.

We hold events that bring scholars from the University of Zurich and other universities together to focus on the changing world of work. Additionally, we host events for the larger UZH community and the wider public, like our spring lecture series (“Ringvorlesungen”), to inspire conversations about the future of work and people’s role in shaping it. We see people not as passive recipients of the future of work, but as active co-creators of the future they will inhere.

We welcome a variety of perspectives to research on the field of work. Our current members bring expertise from the fields of:

  • Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Informatics
  • Law
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Public & Organizational Health
  • Sociology

Get in touch

Questions, inputs or just want to get to know us? Contact us here.

Membership in the DSI Community Work is open to researchers affiliated with a Swiss university. For other individuals, membership is conditional on an ongoing cooperation with the DSI Community. To become a member of a DSI Community, membership in the DSI Network is required. Please follow this link.

Discover some of our Projects

Our current projects investigate topics from job crafting, to digital platform work, to harnessing the crowd for innovation, to how people across the globe envision the future of work.