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Multidisciplinary working life research
 
Working life research includes both basic and applied research. The knowledge it produces can be applied to develop and improve working communities, organisations and working life. The Turku Centre for Labour Studies creates expert and research networks between domestic and international actors.
 
We plan, launch, carry out and coordinate multidisciplinary work- and working life-related research and development projects, organise seminars for master’s students, and support doctoral students with their dissertations. The research and development projects are implemented in the University’s faculties or by the Centre and its networks, and they are based on public and external funding.
 
TCLS also networks internationally and organises an international interdisciplinary conference on research on work, WORK, every other year.  WORK conferences host excellent plenaries, interesting and intriguing paper presentations and opens great discussions in the sessions and also during breaks. The next conference WORK2019 - Real Work in the Virtual World  will be held 14-18 August 2019 in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.  Welcome!
 
In recent years the work and the working life have increasingly become characterized by features such as projectification, short-termism and emphasis on technologies. These features easily assume global similarities in the ways of organizing the work. Yet, research shows that this is not the case. The rise of the global platform economy, and with it, the growth of gigs and tasks as work as well as the assumed entrepreneurialism among highly skilled professionals and professions all give reason to explore, challenge and analyze the recent changes in the work, and their local, regional, national and global boundaries, similarities and differences.

Examining the real work in the virtual world extends to the meanings and contents of work, organizations of work, the enabling technologies and the blurring boundaries between public sector and private companies.

We welcome creative ways of addressing the theme of real work in the virtual world.
We look very much forward to seeing you in Helsinki in 2019!

On behalf of the WORK2019 organizing committee,

Professor Anne Kovalainen
Chair
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