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Special issue on Precarious Work in the Nordics in Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, edited by Anna Ilsøe, Trine Pernille Larsen, Stine Rasmussen

OECD Employment Outlook 2019


Briefs and Working papers March 2019

Uber in the Nordic countries. NfoW Brief 1

Measuring online labour. NfoW Brief 2

Collective agreements for platform workers. NfoW Brief 3

Atypical labour markets in the Nordics: Troubled waters under the still surface? NfoW Brief 4

Atypical labour markets in Denmark. NfoW Brief 5

Atypical labour markets in Sweden. NfoW Brief 6

Atypical labour markets in Norway. NfoW Brief 7

Atypical labour markets in Iceland. NfoW Brief 8

Atypical labour markets in Finland. NfoW Brief 9

Labour law in the future of work. Introduction paper. NfoW WP 1

Changes in the occupational structure of Nordic employment: Upgrading or polarization? NfoW WP 2

Digitalization in Nordic manufacturing: Some case-study illustrations. NfoW WP 3



Digitalisation and new forms of employment: what’s happening under the surface? Jon Erik Dølvik is interviewed by Nordic labour Journal, March 29 2019



Major changes in technology, economic contexts, workforces, and the institutions of work have come in ebb and flow since well before the first industrial revolution in the 18th century. Yet, many argue that the changes we are currently facing are different, and that the rise of digitalized production will entirely transform our ways and views of work.

In this collaborative project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, researchers from the five Nordic countries will study how the ongoing transformations of production and labour markets associated with, amongst other, digitalization, demographic change, and new forms of employment will influence the future of work in the Nordic countries. Through action and policy oriented studies and dialogue with stakeholders, the objective is to enhance research-based knowledge dissemination, experience exchange, and mutual learning across the Nordic boundaries. Intermediary results from the project will feed into Nordic debates on how to contribute to the Future of Work Agenda that is to be adopted at the ILO’s centenary anniversary in 2019.

The project is conducted by a team of more than 30 Nordic scholars from universities and research institutes in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The project started late 2017 and will be completed by a synthesis report in 2020.

Project leaders: Jon Erik DølvikKristin AlsosKristin Jesnes, Fafo

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The project is divided into seven pillars:

Pillar I - Main drivers of change
Pillar II - Digitalization of traditional forms of work
Pillar III - Self-employed, independent and atypical work
Pillar IV - New labour market agents
Pillar V - Occupational health – consequences and challenges
Pillar VI - Labour law & regulations
Pillar VII - Final synthetizing report: The Nordic model of labour market governance

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