Our research group is interested in better understanding patterns of socio-spatial inequality in labour, migration and gender:
A) Digital Platform Workers
We explore the opportunities and challenges resulting from the rise of online labour platforms in Switzerland and beyond. We ask how digitalisation processes in labour mediation change the meaning of work itself and how work is organised socially, spatially and temporally. How do machine-based labour mediation and dematerialised social relations change working conditions? How does platform work shape workers' subjectivities?
B) Transnational Care Markets
Analysing the newly emerging markets of live-in home care services, we aim at understanding the consequences of the current reconfiguration of elderly care for migration patterns, labor markets, gender relations and the definition of care itself as a marketable good.
Care markets. The role of care agencies in the commodification of elderly care 2013-2017
C) Processes of in- and exclusion in labour markets
We study how gendered and culturalised understandings of specific groups of people shape their educational trajectories and opportunities in the labour market. We analyse in what ways these trajectories are linked to imaginaries of motherhood, fatherhood and professions.
D) Subjectivity, identity, governmentality
Drawing on Foucauldian governmentality theory, we are interested in exploring how discourses transform people’s understandings of themselves and constitute spatially and historically specific subjectivities and geographic imaginaries. We explore the emergence of a neoliberal subjectivity that individualises responsibility and veils gender norms as well as other socio-spatial inequalities.
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