Call for Abstracts “The Future of the Platform Economy and Platform Work” PhD Symposium

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PhD Symposium

The Future of the Platform Economy and Platform Work

27-28 October, 2021


Dimmons, IN3, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

DigiLabour Research Lab, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos University)


July 30: Deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts

August 31: Selection Notifications

We invite contributions to the “The Future of the Platform Economy and Platform Work” PhD Symposium. PhD students are encouraged to submit their ongoing research related to the broad topic of platform work.

We especially welcome submissions related to studies that improve our understanding of the platform economy business models in promoting certain working conditions. Some topics may include::

– Future of Work and Workers

– Gender, Race and Platform Economy;

– Worker-owned platforms and platform cooperativism;

– Data Commons and Platforms;

– Platform Governance Beyond Big Tech;

– Platform Work, Decent Work, and Sustainability;

– Design Justice and Platform Work;

– Public Policies and Platform Work;

– Action-Research on Platform Work;

– Consumption of Platforms;

– Workers’ Organization: tech and platforms sectors;

– Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Platform Economy;

– The Future of Micro-Work Platforms;

– Academic Work and Platformization;

The doctoral symposium is designed to provide a platform for students and researchers at different stages wishing to present and receive guidance on various aspects of their research and career perspectives from established researchers and other PhD students.

The symposium aims to enable PhD students to interact with each other and potential collaborators by stimulating the exchange of ideas and experiences. On the one hand, students at different stages of their research will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research questions, goals, methods and results. On the other hand, the PhD Symposium will offer training sessions on topics and skills that may be useful to future researchers. To achieve these, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers will share their experience and lecturers will deliver training on research skills and future career prospects.

Each strand of the Symposium will be coordinated by two experts who will chair the discussions and respond to the presentations. Participants’ presentations should deal with the issues addressed or hypotheses tested in their doctoral research, the results so far obtained, and above all the methodology applied. Each presentation will last no longer than 5/10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes’ discussion. Each session will be followed by an open discussion between the participants. Participants are expected to be available throughout the two days of the Symposium, to attend all the presentations and to take an active part in the discussions.

In parallel to the Symposium, a conference track conformed by keynotes and roundtables with renowned experts on the field of platform work will be held.


The Doctoral Symposium welcomes applications from PhD students as well as early stages PostDoc researchers. PhD students in their first year of studies are welcome to participate as attendees and as far as they have a well-defined problem statement and some ideas about the solution that they would like to discuss.

The Symposium is opened for participation of students and researchers meeting the requirements, worldwide. The working language of the event is English.

Submission Guidelines

The application should take the form of a summary of the project of no more than 300 words, indicating:

  • The main topic and issues, including the thesis proposed/hypothesis defended;

  • The methodology (theoretical tools and standpoints);

  • Where relevant, the corpus or primary literature under consideration;

  • The results obtained so far.

Please submit proposals at:

Applications should be sent by 31 July 2021.

The eligibility check and the selection of submissions will be completed and announced by 31 August 2021.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the PhD Symposium organizers and ad-hoc reviewers who are experienced researchers, and can provide feedback and suggest future research directions. The goal of the review is to identify participants who are most likely to benefit from the Symposium and invite as many as possible to participate.


It will be fully held online and will take place, according to provisional programming, on 28th and 29th of October 2021.

Organizers and contact

The PhD symposium and global conference is co-organized by DigiLabour Research Lab from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS University) and Dimmons Research Group from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC)

If you have any doubts or queries, please send an email to