Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation

First working paper: Introducing the SEAD project

The SEAD consortium published its first working paper, presenting the main ideas and concepts shaping the SEAD project, as well as a state-of-the-art review of the literature considering the four main topics addressed in the project:

  • Macro-economic insights about how digitalisation is affecting labour market dynamics
  • The role of organisational characteristics in shaping the impact of technology on work experiences
  • The impact of the introduction of new technologies on five transversal occupations
  • The platform economy as an emerging employment phenomenon

Click here to access the working paper.


“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.

“There is as yet little evidence for the dystopia of the job-killing robot” ⁦@Paradigms40⁩ ⁦@ProjectSead⁩

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Research funded by Belspo


Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation – Research project