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Work and Welfare in the Digital Age: what we know and what more we need to know
BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019, 3 - 5 June 2019

Donostia-San Sebastián Gipuzkoa, Spain 


The  BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019 aims to deepen understanding  of evidence-based  policies with the transformative potential to positively shape work and welfare in the Digital Age. 

In June 2019, a group of about 25 people including researchers, policymakers, PhD students and practitioners will meet at the BEYOND4.0 Summer  School to be held in Donostia-San  Sebastian (Spain).  With peers, it is an opportunity to explore  and learn more about creating  an inclusive European  future.  During the  Summer  School  the  participants  will examine how  to  study the impact of the new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare.  

The BEYOND4.0 consortium, composed of nine European universities and research centres, organises the BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019, and is designed by the   University of Warwick in collaboration with TNO and the University of the Basque Country. The Summer School includes sessions focused on conceptual and historical understanding of technological transformations, as well as current studies and research in the field.  The purpose is to generate a new research agenda. In addition to lectures and workshop, a parallel agenda will be organised with site visits to official institutions and leading regional companies.

The Summer School will address the following topics: 

  •     How to study and research work and welfare in the digital age 
  •     What kind of data sets are useful and how to best use and connect them 
  •     How to study regional contexts and ecosystems and their economic digital transformation
  •     How to study socio-economic consequences of technological transformations 
  •     How to understand future skills and roles of stakeholders 
  •     How to study technological transformations from a historical perspective 
  •     How to study company strategies that lead future economic and social performance 
  •     How to study platform economies in relation to welfare, tax and inclusiveness

Intended participants for the summer school:

  •  PhD students and post-doc and other researchers in social sciences and history, technological innovation, data management and analytics, social policy and welfare states, organisation and management science; 
  • Policy makers; 
  • Practitioners and entrepreneurs in ecosystems development.

The Summer School will take place on 3-4-5 June 2019.

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Venue Information



-The Course will be in English. 

-The Summer School has an academic validity of 30 hours. Students will receive an assistance certificate. 


If you would like to participate, please contact: epomares@sinnergiak.org.
For further information about the Beyond4.0-project: peter.oeij@tno.nl or steven.dhondt@tno.nl. 

The Summer School for BEYOND4.0 and partners is hosted by the Government of Gipuzkoa. The event is organised with the contribution of: Gipuzkoa Workplace Innovation, Paradigms 4.0 and European School of Social Innovation.