Academics explore the future of employment at London conference

06 March 2015

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Three Oxford Martin School academics this week addressed a major international conference on the future of work held at Lancaster House in London.

Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, spoke on the first panel of the conference, discussing ways in which we can shape our future to ensure that it is defined by opportunity. Joined by Philip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, and Amy Rosen, a board member of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, he spoke of the importance of sound public policy, including a redistributive tax system, as well as a focus on strengthening education. He later moderated a session led by Dr Carl Benedikt Frey and Dr Michael Osborne, co-directors of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment. They presented the findings of their recently-published Citi GPS report, Technology at Work: The Future of Innovation and Employment.

The Future of Work Conference was convened by The World Post and hosted by Arianna Huffington (a member of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations) and Nicolas Berggruen. The conference sought to examine the ways in which technology is transforming the way we work and live; speakers included Oxford Martin School Advisory Council members Reid Hoffmann and Dr Mo Ibrahim as well as Mohamed El-Erian, Eric Schmidt, Walter Isaacson, Nouriel Roubini and Lord Layard.

The Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment is a new research programme established in January 2015, funded by Citi.