Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation

SEAD concluding symposium: register now!


On Monday the 6th of May 2024 in the afternoon, the SEAD consortium organises a concluding symposium as the culmination of four years of research on digitalisation in the Belgian labour market and the associated opportunities and threats for sustainable work. In this symposium, the research team will present the main project findings and engage in a debate with stakeholders and the audience on four main topics:

1) Changes in the labour market in relation to training and skills

2) Technological innovation and organisational-level dynamics

3) Employees and the impact they have on the use of digital tools

4) Platform work and the ambivalence of autonomy and flexibility

Make sure not to miss this event and register by clicking here!

Are you unable to attend in person, but would you like to follow the symposium online? Click here to receive the link for the Teams event.


“Sustainable Employment in the Age of Digitalisation” (SEAD) is a research project funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy that aims to investigate the employment-related opportunities and threats associated with the digital revolution.

The ever more rapid development and adoption of new technologies raises questions about the possible disruptive impact of this digital revolution on the world of work and employment. The general concern is that automation and changing skill requirements will threaten many individuals’ jobs, might affect the task content of occupations or hamper job quality. The way employment is organised in companies or other types of organisations might also be heavily affected by technological development: increases in non-standard, flexible and project-based forms of employment are often seen as problematic for the quality of work. Of course, new technologies do not only pose threats, but also come with tremendous new opportunities such as job creation in growing and/or new sectors, novel business models, innovative types of employment allowing for ‘desirable flexibility’ and intrinsically rich jobs with high levels of autonomy.

New policy brief

Read our new SEAD policy brief on enhancing sustainable careers in the digital era here!

This policy brief presents four policy recommendations based on a study that underscores the intricate interplay between technologies and users, emphasizing the contextual factors that influence individuals’ responses to technological advancements.




Research funded by Belspo


Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation – Research project