The Future of the World of Work Conference

Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to research, pedagogy, and employability

We will explore the dramatic changes which are unfolding in a labour market driven by disruptive business models and new technology. We will present what the world of work may look like in the near to mid-future through a range of lenses, bringing together research, pedagogy and employability perspectives.

Whether you are Essex Staff, Student or Alumni or a visitor or guest, we will all soon be entering a world where work has evolved to be symbiotic with emerging technologies and cultures. Our exploration aims to lay the groundwork for how we can prepare ourselves and students for the world of tomorrow.


Helen Beetham, education consultant, writer, researcher and commentator. Has worked on digital projects including the JISC Digital Student project and the JISC Digital Capabilities Framework.

Dr. Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation at Goldsmiths and Founder of the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST). An academic and entrepreneur - current research projects with industry partners include: artificial intelligence, consumer behaviour, smart energy, connected homes, wearable technologies, cryptocurrencies, and mobile security.

Stephen Isherwood, CEO of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) the leading organisation in the UK for graduate employers. Previously Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young. Has presented to various committees in the Houses of Parliament and often appears in national and local media.

Professor Jill Rubery, Professor of Comparative Employment Systems at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, and Director of Work and Equalities Institute at Manchester. Fellow of the British Academy and emeritus fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Research focuses on inter-disciplinary comparative institutional analysis of employment systems, with a particular focus on gender, pay and reward systems, working time and the fragmentation of work.

Professor Simeon Yates, Associate Head of School, Dept of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool (Research and Impact) and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Science. Currently leading on a major ESRC scoping review on ‘Ways of Being in a Digital Age’. This review will provide a holistic view of how digital technology mediates our lives, and of the way that technological and social change co-evolve and impact on each other.

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The Future of the World of Work Conference is open to everyone but please complete the registration form to attend.