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Fourth meeting with Follow-up Committee 04/09/2023

All four streams of empirical research are in full swing, and this makes for a flow of empirics on which only preliminary conlusions and hunches can be formulated. Conference presentations can be given, circulation of full papers is a sensitive matter. The meeting focused on proceedings from WP4 (Sarah Delvaux) and from WP3 (Mikkel Barslund),…

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Is ‘Digital Transition’ a Syntax Error? Purpose, Emergence and Directionality in a contemporary knowing-of-governance

Abstract: An important precondition for responsible innovation is the awareness of directionality: Dynamic innovation processes can take different turns, and they involve mixtures of more and less favorable consequences. The ongoing wave of digital innovations exemplifies how this directionality challenges societal actors to develop new strategic dispositions and so-called ‘knowings-of-governance’. Approaching innovation directionality from a…

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Presentation on ‘green employment’

The one-day event, organised by the Institute for Structural Research (IBS),  gathered 23 labour market economists from European universities and research institutes to discuss and reflect on skill changes and the value of skills. Sessions were devoted to the impact of technology on skills, worker flows, skills, and inequality. During her presentation, Ilse discussed the…

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Théorie des transitions, théorie de l’inertie

This fifth edition (June 16th 2023) also featured a contribution from LAMARTRA/ULB. Transitions research clarifies well how digitalisation connects decarbonisation and labour-related transformations. It highlights the multiple kinds of innovations involved. As such it also underlines the potentials for ‘smart’ solutions to environmental challenges, and the scope for digital tools and digitally-supported collaboration. The presentation…

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Belgium Day for Labour Economists

The event, held at the Planning Bureau in Brussels, was part of a one-day conference attended by around 70 people and focused on various aspect of the (Belgian) labour market. During his presentation, Arthur discussed the methods and findings of the study (co-authored jointly with Mikkel Barslund), which analyses the extent and characteristics of green…

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The interplay between digitalisation and the green transition

Their presentation of the ‘Digital Reset’ report insightfully established how the ‘twin’ digital/green transition is a two-sided sword with multiple potentials as well as threats. As yet, this emerging transition is not developing in a fair, sustainable direction – it needs to be redirected, a reset is needed. This critical framing of the ‘twin’ transition…

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