Research will focus on five different areas:

I. Good work in the digital economy (Head: Dr. Martin Krzywdzinski; PhD Students: Setareh Radmanesch and Kathleen Warnhoff)

The focus here is on the conditions underpinning and approaches to shaping “good work” in the context of the digitalization of work processes; for instance, in the context of the discussion on “Industry 4.0.” The key topics include changing skill demands, ways of strengthening employee autonomy, but also the dangers emerging from a forced standardization and monitoring of work. (Disciplinary focus: sociology / political economy; methodological focus: qualitative and / or quantitative)

II. Migration and “good work” (Head: Dr. Susanne Veit; PhD Students: Franziska Kößler and Esther Kroll)

This thematic area focuses on the influence of the increasing cultural heterogeneity of the population on the working world of tomorrow. Key questions include whether and why migrants are discriminated against with regard to access to “good work,” what impact cultural heterogeneity has on working groups, and how challenges related to this can be managed and opportunities exploited. (Disciplinary focus: psychology or sociology if appropriate; methodological focus: quantitative)

III. “Good work” and quality of life (Head: Lena Hipp, Ph.D.; PhD Students: Friederike Molitor and Giulia Tattarini)

Increasing job flexibility requirements and the need for flexible solutions in family life present workers with major challenges. This thematic area deals with the question of reconciling work and family life and the necessary conditions for this. (Disciplinary focus: sociology; methodological focus: quantitative)

IV. Good income from “good work” (Head: Dr. Martin Ehlert; PhD Student: Nicolas Morgenroth)

Against the background of rising income inequality, this thematic area addresses the financial dimension of “good work.” It investigates whether work quality and decent wages go hand in hand and under what conditions—e.g., when people desire or need flexibility—“good work” may lead to income penalties. (Disciplinary focus: sociology; methodological focus: quantitative)

V. Promoting “good work” (Head: Sigurt Vitols, Ph.D.; PhD Student: Lisa Basten)

This thematic area has a cross-sectional function and deals with the question of how “good work” is promoted and implemented in practice via worker participation, collective bargaining policies, and legislation. (Disciplinary focus: business administration / political science / sociology; methodological focus: qualitative and / or quantitative)