Research project

A research project investigating the effect of technological innovation on work.

This project, led by Anke Hassel, consists of a scoping study based on desk research and expert interviews in order to evaluate and assess existing research on various aspects of the effect of technological innovation on work. The increase in automation, AI and digital network structures change work organization and employment and challenge the existing instruments and institutions, which socially regulate work. 

Research gaps will be identified in four thematic work packages: 

  • The effects of automation on work with regard to wages, employment and skills;
  • The digital transformation work in retail and logistics through e-commerce;  
  • The role of platform firms and new business models for the regulation of work; 
  • The changing approaches by social partners to cope with transformative change. 


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs



15 December 2019 - 15 December 2021


Project lead


  • Didem Özkiziltan, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Lukas Jerg, PhD researcher 

  • Felix Sieker, Research Associate

  • Meral Kaufmann, Student Assistant