Work, Technology and Disruption Symposium

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This symposium will discuss the impact of disruptive technologies and issues around the rise of gig economy, social impacts of algorithms and other applications of artificial intelligence.

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Friday 14 September 2018 09:15 am until Friday 14 September 2018 05:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Lawrie Zion and Irene Manzo – Research Focus Areas
Presented by:
Professor Lawrie Zion – Director, Transforming Human Societies
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public

Thanks to the impact of disruptive technologies, the way we live and work is changing on a scale that raises many issues and concerns, be they around the rise of the gig economy, or the social impacts of algorithms and other applications of artificial intelligence. The speed of these changes has prompted policy responses, such as Australia’s recent Senate Inquiry into the Future of Work and Workers, and the emergence of research agendas that have led to the development of research centres focusing on work and AI.

On Friday September 14, the Transforming Human Societies RFA invites all researchers and groups with an interest in these themes to participate in a one-day symposium at our 360 Collins Street Campus (Rooms 2.10 – 2.11) that will examine the state of research in the past, present and future of work, and the social impact of digital technologies. Our aim is to stimulate research around these themes by providing an overview of research activity both at La Trobe and beyond ahead of our October funding round, and to examine where future research demands will come from in these areas.


  • Associate Professor Ellie Rennie, Principal Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT
  • Dr Jim Stanford, Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work, The Australia Institute
  • Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, UNSW Sydney

More speakers to be confirmed

The symposium will commence at 9:15 and we will be offering, morning tea, lunch and drinks/canapés at the conclusion of proceedings at 4:30.

In order to take the temperature of how our own colleagues are approaching these questions, La Trobe researchers are invited to submit EOIs to deliver three-minute presentations of their own work or the approaches their research disciplines are taking to the themes outlined above. Please email if you would like to present on the day, and we will follow up with more details.

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Level 2, Rooms 2.10 - 2.11

La Trobe University, 360 Collins St, Melbourne



14th Nov 2018 4:59am

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