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How will covid-19 impact the future of work?

How is the world of work changing in a globalized world?

Dr. Tommy Wu’s research explores the political economy of the Asian fusion restaurant industry and examines how new spatial, racial, and technological dynamics in the industry converge to form a labour regime for workers.

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What counts as work and who is a worker?

Migrant Sex Workers and the Pandemic: Magnifying Inequality and Discrimination by Elene Lam and Judy Fudge

Elene and Judy are exploring the impact of anti-sex work immigration and criminal laws on the livelihoods and wellbeing of migrant sex workers in the GTA.

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What challenges do workers face in obtaining decent work, sustainable livelihoods and vibrant communities?

Dr. Stephanie Premji’s collaborative research project Extreme Employment Precarity and Health Impacts Among South Asians in Toronto describes experiences of extreme employment precarity and impacts on health and well-being among South Asians in Toronto.

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What divides workers and how can workers come together?

Dr. Suzanne Mills’ partnership project:  LGBTQ+ livelihoods: uneven geographies of work and inclusion examines the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ people living in Sudbury and Windsor Ontario to better understand how industrial work cultures influence LBTQ2S+ worker experiences and whether union membership promotes inclusion.

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Dr. Geraldina Polanco looks at competition between labour sending states and the branding of national workforces drawing from comparative, international field research examining fast food labour migration from the Philippines and Mexico to western Canada.

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WIGS is an interdisciplinary research group affiliated with the School of Labour studies that brings a social science perspective to these and similar questions, and collaborates with trade unions, workers centers, social movements, policy makers and academic researchers in developing research agendas.

Affiliated Research Networks

“Worlds of Related Coercions in Work” (WORCK) calls for a radical change of perspective in labour history. It links the stories of work and production with those of violence, expropriation and marginalisation.

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The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity research centre that focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of institutional and organizational renewal in the areas of work and employment in the global era.

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Upcoming Events

International Workshop on Transnational Labour Intermediation, Forced Labour and Regulatory Experimentation, May 6-7, 2021.